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 »No Comments »
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 »No Comments »
“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 »1 Comment »
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.
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 »1 Comment »
(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 »No Comments »
Some of the ways teachers and parents relate to children work against emotional closeness. Be careful not to undermine your own efforts with actions that close your child’s heart. In the following article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides four examples of things to avoid: Read the rest of this entry »No Comments »
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16, NIV).
How Kids Think
Kids wonder, “Will God really answer my prayers?” Some children think that God is too big or too busy to hear their requests. Others feel awkward or unworthy to speak with Him. Still others stop praying after a request is not granted. Children need to see examples of persistent prayer, hear testimonies about God’s answers, and to realize that God may respond with “Yes,” “No,” or “Maybe.” With proper guidance and modeling, children can learn to pray boldly from a heart of faith. Read the rest of this entry »1 Comment »
Transformational Rest For Educators
By Marla Campbell
In this article, Marla Campbell from the Cook School of Intercultural Studies of Biola University looks at the impact of Sabbath and rest on ministers and parents—urging ministers to model this vital spiritual intimacy with God. Read the rest of this entry »No Comments »