“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35 ESV).
How Kids Think
Children wonder, “Does anyone really love me?“ Students are aware that human love often comes with conditions and exceptions. They hear about people who are passionately “in love” who soon find themselves infatuated with someone else. They are often exposed to selfish, performance-based love that’s “here today, gone tomorrow.” Read the rest of this entry »
Raising godly children is not an easy task. In Deuteronomy 6:4-9 we are provided a pattern to follow in raising godly children. Similarly, we see this pattern expressed in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). What does our Lord mean by His command to ‘make disciples’ and how do we apply His mission in children’s ministry? In this article, Pastor Gary Armstrong provides three keys that will help you impress God’s Word on the hearts of children. Read the rest of this entry »
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ (Matthew 25:21, NIV)
How Kids Think
The words, “You are so irresponsible!” can cause irreparable damage to a child’s heart. Most kids desperately want to measure up to our expectations. They want to gain our approval. But sometimes adults do not show children how to be responsible in performing a duty. Our neglect results in their lack of helpfulness, and lack of ownership in daily tasks. Read the rest of this entry »
Are we teaching parents to teach their children? Greg Baird writes, “Parents are primarily responsible for the discipleship of their children, but that does not mean the church has no responsibility in this area.” This timely article will help you build a multi-generational, God-honoring children’s ministry.
There’s a lot of talk right now about what children’s ministry and/or family ministry should look like. There are unprecedented resources available, offering so many options for programming. This is fantastic! Often times, however, we who lead in this area make the decisions about what our program will look like with little regard for what families might want. Read the rest of this entry »
In Matthew 18:2-4 Jesus says that we must “become as little children.” Jesus said this in response to the disciples’ question, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” (v. 1). He is exhorting us to seek the humility of a child. Read the rest of this entry »