ABCs of Family Discipleship—Imitate Christ’s Character

Discipleship Truth  Jesus Christ embodies all the character traits that Christian parents hope to see their children develop. Though He was a humble servant, the Lord also displayed dynamic leadership (Philippians 2:5-12). Christ mingled with known “sinners,” yet lived in perfect holiness. Jesus promoted peace, yet He expressed zeal for righteousness, denouncing the hypocrisy of His day. True Story  Bree and Cassie were inseparable. The …

Empower Elementary: How to Make “Little Disciples”

Jesus’ Example Jesus modeled true discipleship. While He certainly ministered to the masses, He poured His life into twelve diverse disciples. Jesus walked along dusty paths privately instructing His disciples more often than He stood on a hillside publicly teaching the crowds. Genuine discipleship takes place in one-on-one relationships, or in very small groups. Personal Progress One-on-one discipling has many advantages over group discipleship. In …

3 Practices for Purposeful Parenting

How do we truly guide our children to become disciples of Jesus? Greg Baird provides timely insights that highlight three proven methods of intentional parenting. These truths apply readily to caregivers in ministry as well. _______ As fulfilling as it can be, anyone who’s been a parent for longer than about a week knows that parenting is hard! There’s no manual, and everyone seems to have different …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Honor Jesus’ Bride

Discipleship Truth: The Bible describes the Church as a radiant bride without wrinkles, blemishes, or flaws. She is stunningly beautiful—adorned for a noble and worthy Husband. Jesus Christ loves the Church the way a groom cherishes his precious bride (Ephesians 5:25-29). Presently, the Lord is purifying and preparing His Church—in anticipation of the great celebration in heaven when Jesus will marry His beloved bride (Matthew …

Kindergarten Know-How: Knowing Your Children

The best way to show God’s love is by getting to know your children individually. While every child is unique, the information below provides a framework for understanding the development of five- and six-year-olds. Kindergartners Can… Assemble complex puzzles (of 24 pieces or fewer) Write some numbers Write some letters Read a few simple words Follow simple directions Retell stories in their own words Dramatize …

ABC’s of Family Discipleship: Give to the World

Discipleship Truth: God is Lord of the whole earth! Just as the loving Father breathes life into every human being, His heart longs for each person to receive forgiveness through Christ. To accomplish this, God gave His Church the sole responsibility to fulfill Jesus’ urgent command, “Go into the world and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20). The Church exists to carry out that …

Five Ways to Invite Children Into Prayer

by Sean Nolan, Family Life Pastor at Christ Fellowship Church in Fallston, MD It is likely that your children’s church environment includes a time of prayer. My experience has been that in most children’s ministries this time generally looks like this: teacher asks students about their weeks and asks if anyone has any prayer requests teacher writes down requests and then prays for class off …