Leadership Archive

Why Disciple Children?

God has given parents primary responsibility for the spiritual training of their children. But many parents don’t know where to begin. They feel overwhelmed with this responsibility. So, parents often entrust this task to the Church or to chance. In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus Christ commissioned the Church with the task to “make disciples.” Regarding children, many churches today are doing a poor job discharging that …

Servant leadership in today’s ministry

Though Robert K. Greenleaf launched the modern servant leadership movement in 1970, its beginning can be traced to the earliest pages of Hebrew Scriptures. In this article by Perry W. H. Shaw, discover what it means to minister in Christ-likeness. Redemption: The Authority to Serve As a respected leader, so much of Jesus’ behavior was culturally shocking: he prioritized his attention to those others rejected; …

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 …