What kids need today

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Leadership, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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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.

As a result, children today: Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Characteristics of a Great Curriculum

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

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Getting Kids to Listen

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Family, Leadership, Parenting, Teaching Tips, Volunteers

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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.” Instead, teach children to affirm others in conversation. It’s part of learning what it means to be a servant. Listening can be hard work. It requires that children think of the other person, not just of themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teacher and Volunteer Training

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

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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.

Free Online Videos
Teachers will find free, short and practical videos for curriculum training, classroom equipping, leadership training, parent helps, how to 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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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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Learning Styles: Helping Students Learn How To Learn

by DiscipleLand Staff Leadership, Teaching Tips

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By Margaret F. Williamson and Roberta L. Watson, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

In this third and final article, Williamson and Watson consider “learning styles” from the perspective of both teacher and student. The authors examine personality and preferred learning style and explore implications for Christian education. Read the rest of this entry »

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Learning Styles: Teaching Tips

by DiscipleLand Staff Leadership, Parenting, Teaching Tips

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By Margaret F. Williamson and Roberta L. Watson, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

In this article, Williamson and Watson consider how students absorb and retain information. They also explain how that information can influence an individual learning strategy for each student.

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Over the years, educators have asked questions about how people learn. This article is the second in a series of three that provide updated information on the impact of learning styles on learners. Read the rest of this entry »

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Learning Styles: Teach like Jesus

by DiscipleLand Staff Leadership, Teaching Tips

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By Margaret F. Williamson and Roberta L. Watson
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

In this article, Williamson and Watson consider the importance of learning styles and how each teacher can create learning environments that fit a classroom of children with a variety of personalities and learning styles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Building Relationships With Your Kids

by DiscipleLand Staff Family, Leadership, Parenting, Teaching Tips

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Four Activities for Building Relationships With Your Kids
By Jim Dempsey, Ph.D.

The Bible says that Satan is a liar, and one of his favorites is that God cares more about rules than relationships. Parents can fall for this deception when they become more focused on the outward behavior of their children than on the relationship they are building. Sure we want behavior to come into line, but our long-range goal should be to raise children who Read the rest of this entry »

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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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