Leadership Archive

Becoming a ministry for every child

Many church members believe that churches are places of support and acceptance to all families. Most would be surprised to find that families of children with disabilities have difficulty establishing and maintaining church relationships. As a general rule, faith communities struggle in their response to this growing population. This article addresses the spiritual implications for families of children with disabilities and how faith communities can …

Don’t neglect your first ministry

  The Apostle Paul gave Timothy the qualifications of the pastor/overseer. We discover that family should be the first priority of ministry. “If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?” (1 Timothy 3:5). Firewall: Health Essentials for Ministers and Their Families, Part 1 Excerpts from CEJ Article: Series 3,Vol. 6, No. 2 By James …

Help children make wise choices today

  Randy Alcorn, founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries, provides three foundational keys that will help children grow in Christ-likeness. What qualities does God want us to develop in our children? No need to guess. Scripture tells us specifically: “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to have mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). These …

How to lead a child to Christ today

  “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10, NIV). What Kids Think Kids ask, “How can my sins be forgiven?“ Most children are acutely aware that sin separates them from God. The Gospel is so simple that children can readily understand it. Between the ages of 4 and 14, more respond to the Good News than at …

What kids need today

  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 …

5 Characteristics of a Great Curriculum

  Evaluating and choosing a discipleship curriculum is not an easy task, but making wise decisions about your curriculum will have an impact for generations to come. In the following article, GJ Farmer provides 5 characteristics of a great curriculum. 1. Biblically Accurate and Applicable This is by far the most crucial aspect in choosing a curriculum. Because most children do not yet have the …

Getting Kids to Listen

  Listening is becoming a lost skill in today’s digitally-distracted-information-overloaded world. But children can learn to listen, says Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. Many children don’t know how to listen without thinking about the next thing they want to say. Or if they do listen, they make statements like, “I know,” or “I can do it better than that.” …