Encourage Your Volunteers: One-Minute Motivators

by DiscipleLand Staff Leadership, Volunteers

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With the start of a new school year, there is simply too much to do! Urgent phone calls to parents, issues with curriculum, classroom decorations, and promotional events all press for your time. Caring for volunteers often falls to the bottom of the priority pile. 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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6 Tips for Kindergarten

by DiscipleLand Staff Kindergarten, Leadership, Teaching Tips

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Use of Storytelling and Interactive Play with Kindergarteners
Kindergarteners are true explorers. They are curious, eager to learn, and they thrive on discovering new things through interactive exploration. Their language skills and imagination are growing immensely—they love stories. Read the rest of this entry »

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Children’s Ministry Training: Free Resources

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

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Teacher training and equipping parents are at the heart of DiscipleLand curriculum. Use and share the following training tools and resources with your team and parents.

Online Videos

Teachers will find short, practical videos for curriculum trainingclassroom equippingleadership trainingparent helpshow to disciple childrenwhat kids really needdiscipleship tipsteacher training, and more. Training videos are available 24/7, can be viewed online or downloaded and can be viewed on virtually any platform—phones, tablets, TVs, and computers. DiscipleLand’s training videos are free. 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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Leading Ministry Teams, Part 1

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Teaching Tips

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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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7 “BE’s” of Effective Leadership

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Parenting, Teaching Tips

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Ron Edmondson provides the following seven principles that will help you make the most of your ministry.
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One of the chief goals of this blog is to encourage better leadership. In this post, I’m including the term management. I believe the two are different functions, but both are vital to a healthy organization. Whether you lead or manage a large or small organization — or church — there are principles for being effective. Read the rest of this entry »

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7 Keys for Investing in the Next Generation

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Raising Godly Children

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By Skip Gray, Navigators Marketplace Ministry

We generally do one of two things with our money: We spend it or we invest it. Money we spend, we never see again. Money we invest wisely multiplies and comes back to us.

We do the same thing with our lives. We spend them or we invest them. A life that is spent selfishly is gone. But a life invested in others will bear fruit for eternity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Motivating Your Kids

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Leadership, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, NIV).

How Kids Think

Children wonder, “What difference does obeying God make?” Some kids are discouraged about trying to please God. They have lost interest in spiritual matters and are not motivated to be involved. Instead, they focus on their own interests and let the world guide them. Without encouragement, reminders, and continual opportunities that help focus their hearts towards God, children live for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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