How bonsai trees reflect ministry

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipline, Parenting, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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“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. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Jesus said about children

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Lead a Child to Jesus, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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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 out on the privilege of receiving new life and enjoying Jesus’ companionship during the difficult challenges before them. Read the rest of this entry »

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

by DiscipleLand Staff Family, Ministry Stress, Teaching Tips

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Help children make wise choices today

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Family, Leadership, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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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 three requirements are a basis for evaluating our children’s character development: Read the rest of this entry »

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Passing faith on to your kids today

by DiscipleLand Staff Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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We all want our children to become devoted followers of Jesus – kids who live in Christ, live like Christ, and live for Christ. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides four foundational keys that will help you pass on faith to your kids. Read the rest of this entry »

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Children’s Response to Bible Stories

by DiscipleLand Staff Bible Storytelling, Discipleship, Teaching Tips

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“What meanings do children make of the Bible stories presented in Sunday school?”

Intro
A few summers ago I taught the Bible lessons at an academic enrichment camp for educationally disadvantaged children that was sponsored by my church. Every day I presented a new installment from the story of Joseph. On the morning after I had narrated the episode about Joseph’s resolute resistance to the temptations of Potiphar’s wife, a young girl came up to me and predicted with a smile and supreme confidence how she expected the story would turn out: “I think those two gonna get together.” This incident prompted me to consider how children actually experience the Bible stories that they read and hear in church and other Christian educational settings. Read the rest of this entry »

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Internal GPS of a child

by DiscipleLand Staff Parenting, Teaching Tips

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In this practical article by Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, you’ll discover how you can help children choose to do what’s right for the right reason. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nursery: Stages of development you need to know

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Nursery, Parenting, Teaching Tips

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“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr. Suess

Most nurseries serve children anywhere from birth through 3 years. This age span means that the nursery is composed of young children who are at vastly different developmental stages. As babies constantly change and adapt, nursery volunteers must be prepared to perform a variety of functions—like a Swiss army knife! Read the rest of this entry »

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How to lead a child to Christ today

by DiscipleLand Staff Evangelism, Leadership, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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“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 any other time. Children need life changing truth of the Gospel, but many children are never given the opportunity to receive new life. 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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Help Your Kids Know God Today

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Teaching Tips

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Book Review: Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey: Guidance for those who Teach and Nurture
by Catherine Stonehouse and Scottie May
Review by La Verne Tolbert, Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Catherine Stone and Dr. Scottie May assure those who nurture children—parents and practitioners who teach this crucial topic—so that a thriving spiritual environment where children experience God relies upon the co-ministry of the home and church. 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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