5 Strategies to Build a Strong Work Ethic in Your Kids

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

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“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24, NIV).

How Children Think

Children ask, “Why work so hard?“ Some kids question the value of hard work. Many adopt the attitude that work should be avoided as something quite unpleasant. Peers at school make fun of students who put forth their best efforts. They ridicule or trivialize exceptional performances. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Essentials of Discipleship

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Church, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Discipling Resources, Leadership

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In his article Grow a Disciple-Making Culture in Your Church, Godwin Sathianathan reminds us “Discipleship at its core is the process of growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. That sounds simple. But what does it actually look like? And how do pastors lead their churches in discipleship? A good place to begin is Jesus’ last words to his disciples: “go . . . make disciples . . . baptizing them . . . and teaching them” (Matt 28:19-20). Three contours of discipleship culture emerge from this passage.” Godwin provides the following encouraging and practical keys that will help you shape a disciple-making culture in your ministry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where are today’s Christian kids?

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Discipling Resources

Once upon a time, Christian parents asked their children after church, “What did you learn about God?” Today, the question is often, “Did you have fun?”

Not too long ago, churches offered Bible training for all ages—wanting to fully equip children to serve Christ. Today, many churches offer high-energy, entertainment-based programs—wanting to keep kids happy and to make recruiting easy. Children rarely use their Bibles. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Fragrance of Easter: Free Download

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipling Resources

Free Easter Resource:

The Fragrance of Easter
by Mark Steiner

Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus. She is one of only a few who ministered to Jesus directly. In a moving gesture that demonstrated her deep devotion and gratitude, Mary opened her alabaster jar and … Click Here For An Immediate Download

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What Today’s Kids Really Need

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Discipling Resources

Once upon a time, Christian parents asked their children after church, “What did you learn about God?” Today, the question is often, “Did you have fun?”

Where are today’s Christian kids?

Not too long ago, churches offered Bible training for all ages—wanting to fully equip children to serve Christ. Today, many churches offer high-energy, entertainment-based programs—wanting to keep kids happy and to make recruiting easy. Children rarely use their Bibles. As a result, children today:

  • know more about video games than they know about God
  • love peer approval more than they love Jesus
  • serve themselves before they consider the needs of others.

In this generation as never before, cultural gravity relentlessly pulls Christian children down—and they are drowning. Statistics warn us that eight out of every ten Christian kids are drinking in the world’s value system. Nearly 80% of our children leave the church by the time they complete high school. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teaching kids to forgive.

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Church, Church Resources, Curriculum, Discipling Resources, Leadership, Parenting, Teaching Tips

Ray Stedman, noted pastor and Biblical expositor said, “Forgiveness, of course, is the virtue we most enjoy, and least employ, in our Christian experience. We all love to be forgiven – we expect it, and want it. But we find it a struggle to forgive; we resist it, and refuse oftentimes to do it.”

Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian woman who survived a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust, said, “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you.”

Forgiveness is a foundational Bible truth. Why is forgiveness important? The best answer is because Jesus commanded us to forgive others. Scripture clearly communicates that if we don’t forgive, we won’t be forgiven: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-16). Read the rest of this entry »

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Four keys to raising devoted kids

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Church, Discipleship, Discipling Resources, Family, Teaching Tips

The National Study of Youth and Religion recently released the results of an important research project. It represents one of the most ambitious and comprehensive studies of U.S. youth ever undertaken.

After reviewing the findings, we could not help but think about the connection between what is taught in the pre-teen years and how that influences teen attitudes and behaviors. As such, here are four key elements that can help your kids become devoted followers of Jesus for life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Helping Kids Live for Jesus

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Church, Curriculum, Discipling Resources, Family, Online Resources, Teaching Tips

Living For Christ

In the 1800s, God prompted Rev. E. P. Scott, a missionary in India, to undertake a dangerous task. Against the advice of his fellow missionaries, Scott set out alone to visit a remote village. He was determined to share the Gospel with a notoriously savage tribe.

Just before Scott reached his destination, fierce warriors surrounded him and pointed their spears at him. Expecting to die, Scott took out his violin (which he always carried with him), closed his eyes, and began to play and sing “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”, in the native language of the warriors.

Opening his eyes he saw that the natives had lowered their weapons and some were in tears. E. P. Scott spent the rest of his life ministering to these primitive people.

Kids can live courageously, victoriously, and in the POWER of Jesus’ name, too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Children’s Ministry: Growing in Faith

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Church, Church Resources, Discipleship, Discipling Resources, Parenting, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

Nurture Life-long Faith

Whether you are a Sunday school teacher, volunteer, leader, or parent, you are vital in nurturing children’s faith. The following can help you guide and grow children toward a deeper, life-long faith.

Kids Need Faith
(John 20:30-31; Hebrews 11:1,6)

The Situation: Children ask, “Can you prove it?” Some kids are taught to believe that the scientific method is the ultimate test of validity. In Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Disciple Your Children

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Church, Discipleship, Discipling Resources, Family

Walter A. Henrichsen writes, “Discipling must begin with our children if it is ever to affect the rest of our culture. Before we go looking for people to disciple, we should start with our own families. For a few short years, God has entrusted our children to our care. Whether for good or bad, we will mark them for eternity.”

The Bible directs us to: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). Our primary goal is for our kids to love God – for them to learn to know Him, walk with Him and serve Him. Read the rest of this entry »

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Living in the Vision of God

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Church, Curriculum, Discipleship, Discipling Resources, Family

In his book, The Holy Spirit, Billy Graham writes that discipleship is vital to the process of establishing new believers in their faith:

“One of the first verses of Scripture that Dawson Trotman, founder of The Navigators, made me memorize was, ‘The things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also’ (2 Timothy 2:2, KJV). This is a little like a mathematical formula for spreading the gospel and enlarging the Church. Paul taught Timothy. Timothy shared what he knew with faithful men; these faithful men would then teach others also. And so the process goes on and on. If every believer followed this pattern, the Church would reach the entire world with the gospel in one generation. Mass crusades, in which I believe and to which I have committed my life, will never finish the Great Commission; but a one-by-one ministry will.” Read the rest of this entry »

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God’s Blueprint for Children’s Ministry

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Bible, Children's Church, Church Resources, Discipleship, Discipling Resources

A Lasting Foundation

If you’ve ever watched a house being built, you know that blueprints are essential. Blueprints contain plans that fully describe the quality and specifications of the materials – including the foundation.

The quality and strength of a foundation determines the quality and strength of everything built upon it. The same is true for children’s ministry. A ministry built on a sub-standard foundation will never reach God’s intended purpose.

If you want to build a healthy, life-changing, Christ-honoring children’s ministry, you must invest time in laying a Biblically solid foundation. Read the rest of this entry »

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