Teaching Tips Archive

6 tips: Engaging children today

En·gage: occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention) Ever had that moment when you feel like you’re herding cats? In this article by Greg Baird, discover six keys that will help you engage, impact and create life change. Leading in children’s ministry involves many things. Aligning vision. Growing ourselves. Recruiting leaders. Equipping our team. Managing programs. Ensuring safety in all environments. And we could list a …

Three Keys to Anointed Teaching

By James C. Wilhoit and Linda Rozema, Wheaton College Introduction In this paper, the authors suggest that anointing is not just an optional enrichment to teaching, but its defining mark. The Puritan writer and preacher Richard Baxter (1674) used an apt expression when he spoke of the anointing on Christian communication as “tincture,” by which he meant it was like a dye that colored the …

The greatest in God’s Kingdom

Real Life Heroes Television and other media often exalt sports starts, super-models, and Hollywood celebrities. Nearly every child today idolizes these heroes and wants to emulate the rich and famous. Jesus could have established a cult-following. He could have basked in His popularity and His power. But Christ’s mission transcended the lures of wealth or status. The greatest people in God’s kingdom are those who …

How bonsai trees reflect ministry

  “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, KJV). Caring for a bonsai requires time and patience. Nurturing children takes no less effort. In this article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, helps us learn how to train children in godliness. The word “discipline” used in …

What Jesus said about children

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14, NIV). How Kids Think Some people say, “Children need to grasp the Gospel’s deep significance before they should be given an opportunity to respond.” This thinking marginalizes the power of the Good News. As a result, those kids miss …

Dealing with the stresses of today’s ministry: Part 2

  In this practical article by James T. Flynn, you will discover four keys to experiencing a lifetime of fruitful ministry. Ministerial formation’s goal is for ministers and their families to experience a lifetime of fruitful service. When formation does not take into account forces of deformation commonly experienced in ministry, the result is malformation that leads to failure under stress with devastating consequences. At …

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 …