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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7 Keys for Investing in the Next Generation

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship, Leadership, Raising Godly Children

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By Skip Gray, Navigators Marketplace Ministry

We generally do one of two things with our money: We spend it or we invest it. Money we spend, we never see again. Money we invest wisely multiplies and comes back to us.

We do the same thing with our lives. We spend them or we invest them. A life that is spent selfishly is gone. But a life invested in others will bear fruit for eternity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tips for Nursery Teachers

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Nursery, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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Your Nursery—A Strategic Ministry

The nursery—it is a place of Cheerios, diapers, hugs, play, music, and simple truths about God. Though many nursery workers view this time as merely “childcare,” others envision the nursery as a critical-care ministry. Babies and toddlers have the ability to observe faith in relationship with others, learn simple truths about God, establish relational connections, and respond to a safe, peaceful atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry »

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Motivating Your Kids

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Leadership, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, NIV).

How Kids Think

Children wonder, “What difference does obeying God make?” Some kids are discouraged about trying to please God. They have lost interest in spiritual matters and are not motivated to be involved. Instead, they focus on their own interests and let the world guide them. Without encouragement, reminders, and continual opportunities that help focus their hearts towards God, children live for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Family, Raising Godly Children, Sunday School Lessons, What Kids Need

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One day, Jesus healed 10 men who were sick with a horrible disease called leprosy (Luke 17:12-19). Only one of the men took time to thank Jesus for healing him. How do you think Jesus felt about this? 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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Object Lessons that Reveal Jesus’ Identity

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Family, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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(John 14:6, 20:29-31; Matthew 28:18-20)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

How Kids Think

Children ask, “Is Jesus Christ real?” Some adults honor Jesus as an important historical figure, some worship Him as God, still others reject Jesus and use His name with contempt or indifference. Many children are confused about the Lord’s true identity and don’t know Him as Savior. Kids need guidance and opportunities to learn about Jesus, His purpose on the earth, and how they can know Him personally today. Read the rest of this entry »

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