Discipleship Archive

Guarding your heart: Dealing with anger

Children’s ministry “Typically is the largest single group in the church being served,” writes Greg Baird. It has the largest need of volunteers to recruit, train, and manage. It deals with the most treasured part of a family’s life – children. The rewards are great, but the demands are great. It is sometimes viewed as the least valuable ministry in the church. Many children’s pastors are overwhelmed, overworked, underpaid, …

6 tips: Engaging children today

En·gage: occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention) Ever had that moment when you feel like you’re herding cats? In this article by Greg Baird, discover six keys that will help you engage, impact and create life change. Leading in children’s ministry involves many things. Aligning vision. Growing ourselves. Recruiting leaders. Equipping our team. Managing programs. Ensuring safety in all environments. And we could list a …

Lifelong faith can start today

Dr. Howard Hendricks, who taught at Dallas Theological Seminary for more than 50 years, said, “When a person makes a confession of faith and is never taken through a formal discipleship process, there is little hope of seeing genuine spiritual transformation.” There is nothing more important than teaching children how to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly. Choosing a …

The greatest in God’s Kingdom

Real Life Heroes Television and other media often exalt sports starts, super-models, and Hollywood celebrities. Nearly every child today idolizes these heroes and wants to emulate the rich and famous. Jesus could have established a cult-following. He could have basked in His popularity and His power. But Christ’s mission transcended the lures of wealth or status. The greatest people in God’s kingdom are those who …

Helping children listen to God

Andrew Murray wrote, “Conscience can be compared to the window of a room, through which the light of heaven shines into it, and through which we can look out and see that heaven, with all that its light shines on.”1 In Romans 9:1 the Apostle Paul said, “I speak the truth in Christ–I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit.” In this article, …

Four Things Every Child Needs Today

Jesus loved children. In Mark 10:13-16 we see Jesus interacting with kids. He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. And he took the children in his arms, put …

What Every Child Needs To Grow

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11, NLT) The Situation All too often kids hear statements such as, “You’ll never amount to anything!” Many children are exposed to an onslaught of criticism, sarcasm, and derogatory comments. Those words tear down a child’s confidence, competence, and self-esteem. As a result, kids have growing problems of insecurity …