Children’s Ministry Training: Free Resources

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

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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.

Online Videos

Teachers will find short, practical videos for curriculum trainingclassroom equippingleadership trainingparent helpshow to disciple childrenwhat kids really needdiscipleship tipsteacher training, and more. Training videos are available 24/7, can be viewed online or downloaded and can be viewed on virtually any platform—phones, tablets, TVs, and computers. DiscipleLand’s training videos are free. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nurturing a Child’s Development

by DiscipleLand Staff Family, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31, NIV).

How Kids Think
The adage, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is true! Similarly, “All play and no work makes Jill a lazy girl.” Some children receive an overdose of sports, TV, school, video games, or even church. Few kids experience the energizing vitality that takes place when their minds, hearts, and bodies are stretched and balanced to reach their full potential. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cultivate a Kingdom Culture in Your Preschool Classroom

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Teaching Tips

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Preschoolers are ready for anything! Classrooms for young children are busy places of colors, words, dramas, simple memorization, and budding social skills. As children learn truths about God and His story, they discover what living as a child of God looks like—mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Preschool teachers engage children with enthusiasm, but can easily grow weary seeking to keep the classroom culture in line with the principles the children are learning. Setting standards of social interactions and attitudes is just as valuable as what they teach the children. The tips and reminders below are simple ways to invest in building a Kingdom-centered classroom culture for your preschoolers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leading Ministry Teams: Part 2

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

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Leading Ministry Teams: Part 2

By Kevin E. Lawson and Orbelina Equizabal, Biola University

Continuing from Part 1 in this series, Lawson and Eguizabal evaluate current research on team ministries and present practical implications for churches and organizations.

Summary

This article reviews the recent research efforts exploring what makes teams effective, and how to determine when to work as a team and when other approaches might be better. It examines the results of several case studies of church ministry teams and closes with 13 implications for those in ministry leadership roles who are considering a team approach. Read the rest of this entry »

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Character Traits Kids Can Develop

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Discipleship, Family, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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“A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad” (Matthew 12:33).

How Kids Think
Some people challenge established Christian virtues. They ask, “Why value a righteous lifestyle?” Many children grow up without the benefit of role models who exhibit positive character traits. As a result, qualities such as honesty, diligence, and respect are in short supply. Homes and schools do not necessarily reinforce those basic values. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leading Ministry Teams, Part 1

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Teaching Tips

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Leading Ministry Teams, Part 1

By Kevin E. Lawson and Orbelina Equizabal, Biola University

In this article, Lawson and Eguizabal look at Old Testament and New Testament models of leading teams. What do the Scriptures have to say about working in teams? How do the biblical models communicate unity, love, servanthood, and shared leadership? Read the rest of this entry »

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7 “BE’s” of Effective Leadership

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Parenting, Teaching Tips

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Ron Edmondson provides the following seven principles that will help you make the most of your ministry.
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One of the chief goals of this blog is to encourage better leadership. In this post, I’m including the term management. I believe the two are different functions, but both are vital to a healthy organization. Whether you lead or manage a large or small organization — or church — there are principles for being effective. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stopping “Anger” in its Tracks

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Family, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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All of us get angry at times. Learning how to help children manage their anger is important. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following practical article that can bring peace at home and at church. Read the rest of this entry »

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How To Make Your Ministry Sticky

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Leadership, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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In this article, John Roberto of Lifelong Faith Associates writes about the rediscovery of intergenerational ministry and how it affects faith that sticks for a lifetime.

Summary

Christian congregations across the United States are rediscovering the importance of intergenerational faith formation and relationship building and making it a defining characteristic of their community life. This rediscovery comes at a time when research is finding the enduring importance of intergenerational relationships in the church community upon the faith life and church involvement of young adults. It also comes at a time when churches are questioning their over reliance on age-specific programming to the detriment of intergenerational relationships and experiences in the faith community. This article focuses on the blessings and benefits of being intentionally intergenerational and provides strategies and examples for strengthening intergenerational practices in faith formation. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Help a Grieving Child

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

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In this article, Dr. Kim Pond studies grief in children 6 to 12 and makes suggestions for the church’s response to a child’s loss of a significant loved one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 10 Teaching Tips

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

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You love God. You love kids. You’re devoted to helping children grow in Christ-likeness. But are there ways you can become even more effective? Here are ten teaching tips that can help you become more efficient and effective.

1. Teach the Bible.

God’s Word matters most, so make sure that the Scriptures remain your lesson centerpiece. As you instruct the kids, keep your Bible open and refer to it during the lesson. Show your children how to glean insights from their own Bibles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Junior “Medal of Honor” Recipients

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips, What Kids Need

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God exhorts children to honor father and mother: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:1-3). Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following tip you can use to teach children honor. Read the rest of this entry »

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