Changing a child’s attitude

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Parenting, What Kids Need

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by Dr. Scott Turansky, National Center for Biblical Parenting

The most important task for any parent is to help their children develop a strong faith and clear moral direction. But how do you do that when you have to get the clothes cleaned up and the dishes put away? Most parents find themselves to be very busy helping kids with homework, taxiing them around to various activities, and simply accomplishing life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Children’s Place in Family Ministries

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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A Glimpse of Children in the Biblical Story

The Book of Deuteronomy instructs God’s people to teach children to love, obey, and fear the Lord God in the context of life. Children are to assemble with adults to learn the things of God (Deuteronomy 6:1–3, 11:18–21, 31:12–13). Read the rest of this entry »

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Helping Kids Deal With Anger

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Nursery, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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Anger damages relationships. Here are several guidelines provided by Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, we’ve found helpful for anger management. When parents and teachers work on these things together, anger episodes are reduced. Make these a regular part of your routine and you’ll see tremendous progress. Read the rest of this entry »

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God’s Mercy: What Children Need To Know

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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Children love fairness—but the Lord’s grace and mercy are certainly not based on “fairness.” As you help your children grasp God’s mercy and live out God’s grace, their lives will never be the same.

How Kids Think

Kids sometimes wonder, “Do I deserve this?“ They feel wronged after receiving “unjust” or “unfair” treatment. On the other hand, children become overwhelmed when they receive special favor that is clearly not deserved. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Things Your Pastor Needs To Know

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership

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Here are 5 things that pastors need to consider about children’s ministry in their church:

1. Children’s Ministry serves the most spiritually impressionable group in the church.

This is inarguable. Unfortunately, that spiritual impressionability also comes with snotty noses, dirty diapers, misbehavior and a lot of other things that are less than attractive. Read the rest of this entry »

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Positive vs. Negative Correction

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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By Dr. Scott Turansky, National Center for Biblical Parenting

Have you ever thought about the difference between punishment and discipline? There’s really quite a difference. Punishment gives a negative consequence, but discipline means to teach. Punishment is negative; discipline is positive. Punishment focuses on past misdeeds. Discipline focuses on future good deeds. Punishment is often motivated by anger. Discipline is motivated by love. Punishment focuses on justice to balance the scales. Discipline focuses on teaching, to prepare for next time. Read the rest of this entry »

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Valuing Instruction Is Mission Critical

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Family, Leadership, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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By Jim Dempsey, Ph.D.

Let’s face it. Your child has an agenda different from yours. When you tell them to clean up so that you can get to school on time, it may be important to you but that does not mean your child sees any value in it. And when your children don’t value your command, they resist obeying it. Understanding this simple concept helps you to empathize with them. It’s hard to set aside your agenda just because someone else wants you to. Just as adults want to fulfill their agendas, kids do too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teach Kids to be Honest

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Parenting, Raising Godly Children

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Sometimes kids will hold their hand behind their back and cross their fingers before telling a lie. They think that this protects them from the consequences of lying. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following article about teaching kids to tell the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cultivate a Kingdom Culture in Your Preschool Classroom

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Teaching Tips

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Preschoolers are ready for anything! Classrooms for young children are busy places of colors, words, dramas, simple memorization, and budding social skills. As children learn truths about God and His story, they discover what living as a child of God looks like—mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Preschool teachers engage children with enthusiasm, but can easily grow weary seeking to keep the classroom culture in line with the principles the children are learning. Setting standards of social interactions and attitudes is just as valuable as what they teach the children. The tips and reminders below are simple ways to invest in building a Kingdom-centered classroom culture for your preschoolers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leading Ministry Teams: Part 2

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Leadership, Teaching Tips

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Leading Ministry Teams: Part 2

By Kevin E. Lawson and Orbelina Equizabal, Biola University

Continuing from Part 1 in this series, Lawson and Eguizabal evaluate current research on team ministries and present practical implications for churches and organizations.

Summary

This article reviews the recent research efforts exploring what makes teams effective, and how to determine when to work as a team and when other approaches might be better. It examines the results of several case studies of church ministry teams and closes with 13 implications for those in ministry leadership roles who are considering a team approach. Read the rest of this entry »

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Character Traits Kids Can Develop

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Discipleship, Family, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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“A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad” (Matthew 12:33).

How Kids Think
Some people challenge established Christian virtues. They ask, “Why value a righteous lifestyle?” Many children grow up without the benefit of role models who exhibit positive character traits. As a result, qualities such as honesty, diligence, and respect are in short supply. Homes and schools do not necessarily reinforce those basic values. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leading Ministry Teams, Part 1

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Leading Ministry Teams, Part 1

By Kevin E. Lawson and Orbelina Equizabal, Biola University

In this article, Lawson and Eguizabal look at Old Testament and New Testament models of leading teams. What do the Scriptures have to say about working in teams? How do the biblical models communicate unity, love, servanthood, and shared leadership? Read the rest of this entry »

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