How bonsai trees reflect ministry

  “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, KJV). Caring for a bonsai requires time and patience. Nurturing children takes no less effort. In this article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, helps us learn how to train children in godliness. The word “discipline” used in …

What Jesus said about children

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14, NIV). How Kids Think Some people say, “Children need to grasp the Gospel’s deep significance before they should be given an opportunity to respond.” This thinking marginalizes the power of the Good News. As a result, those kids miss …

Dealing with the stresses of today’s ministry: Part 2

  In this practical article by James T. Flynn, you will discover four keys to experiencing a lifetime of fruitful ministry. Ministerial formation’s goal is for ministers and their families to experience a lifetime of fruitful service. When formation does not take into account forces of deformation commonly experienced in ministry, the result is malformation that leads to failure under stress with devastating consequences. At …

Getting kids to own their choices

  Children need to learn to make good choices. How do we help them make good choices AND take ownership of their decisions? Dr. Scott Turansky, National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following practical tips. Isn’t it amazing that some children seem to be able to see every factor that went into their current problem except their own part in it? Indeed, some kids …

Don’t neglect your first ministry

  The Apostle Paul gave Timothy the qualifications of the pastor/overseer. We discover that family should be the first priority of ministry. “If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?” (1 Timothy 3:5). Firewall: Health Essentials for Ministers and Their Families, Part 1 Excerpts from CEJ Article: Series 3,Vol. 6, No. 2 By James …

Teaching kids about the Holy Spirit

  “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:13, NASB). See also Galatians 5:16; John 16:13. How Kids Think Children often feel overwhelmed by their problems and the choices …

How To Have A Great Children’s Ministry Team

In this article by Greg Baird, you’ll learn five practical ways you can have a great children’s ministry team. We all need a great team in order to have an effective children’s or family ministry. It might be your staff if you serve in a larger church. It might be a team of volunteers. Or it might be somewhere in between. Whatever your team looks …