“What meanings do children make of the Bible stories presented in Sunday school?”
A few summers ago I taught the Bible lessons at an academic enrichment camp for educationally disadvantaged children that was sponsored by my church. Every day I presented a new installment from the story of Joseph. On the morning after I had narrated the episode about Joseph’s resolute resistance to the temptations of Potiphar’s wife, a young girl came up to me and predicted with a smile and supreme confidence how she expected the story would turn out: “I think those two gonna get together.” This incident prompted me to consider how children actually experience the Bible stories that they read and hear in church and other Christian educational settings. Read the rest of this entry »
In this practical article by Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, you’ll discover how you can help children choose to do what’s right for the right reason. Read the rest of this entry »
Patrick Morley founded Man in the Mirror and has impacted the lives of people worldwide. Patrick has given us permission to share the following article with you. Hope this blesses you and your team!
To be a disciple of Jesus is the highest honor to which we can aspire. Yet even though discipleship is one of the hottest topics in Christendom today, it’s also one of the least understood. Read the rest of this entry »
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr. Suess
Most nurseries serve children anywhere from birth through 3 years. This age span means that the nursery is composed of young children who are at vastly different developmental stages. As babies constantly change and adapt, nursery volunteers must be prepared to perform a variety of functions—like a Swiss army knife! Read the rest of this entry »
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10, NIV).
What Kids Think
Kids ask, “How can my sins be forgiven?“ Most children are acutely aware that sin separates them from God. The Gospel is so simple that children can readily understand it. Between the ages of 4 and 14, more respond to the Good News than at any other time. Children need life changing truth of the Gospel, but many children are never given the opportunity to receive new life. Read the rest of this entry »
Once upon a time,
Christian parents asked their children after church, “What did you learn about God?” Today, the question is often, “Did you have fun?”
Not too long ago, churches offered Bible training for all ages—wanting to fully equip children to serve Christ. Today, many churches offer high-energy, entertainment-based programs—wanting to keep kids happy and to make recruiting easy. Children rarely use their Bibles.
As a result, children today: Read the rest of this entry »
Evaluating and choosing a discipleship curriculum is not an easy task, but making wise decisions about your curriculum will have an impact for generations to come. In the following article, GJ Farmer provides 5 characteristics of a great curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »
Listening is becoming a lost skill in today’s digitally-distracted-information-overloaded world.
But children can learn to listen, says Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting.
Many children don’t know how to listen without thinking about the next thing they want to say. Or if they do listen, they make statements like, “I know,” or “I can do it better than that.” Instead, teach children to affirm others in conversation. It’s part of learning what it means to be a servant. Listening can be hard work. It requires that children think of the other person, not just of themselves. Read the rest of this entry »
Book Review: Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey: Guidance for those who Teach and Nurture
by Catherine Stonehouse and Scottie May
Review by La Verne Tolbert, Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Catherine Stone and Dr. Scottie May assure those who nurture children—parents and practitioners who teach this crucial topic—so that a thriving spiritual environment where children experience God relies upon the co-ministry of the home and church. Read the rest of this entry »
Teacher training and equipping parents are at the heart of DiscipleLand curriculum. Use and share the following training tools and resources with your team and parents.
Free Online Videos
Teachers will find free, short and practical videos for curriculum training, classroom equipping, leadership training, parent helps, how to Read the rest of this entry »
Selecting the very best curriculum for children is a pivotal and challenging task—a decision to be bathed in prayer and filtered through God’s Word. As you begin this process, think about God’s overarching purpose of Christian education: “What is God’s goal for your children?” “What does He want them to become?”
Jesus commanded His followers to “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Is anything more important than teaching children to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly? Read the rest of this entry »
by Robert Keeley
Reviewed by Sue Payne, Greg Carlson, and Holly Allen
CEJ Book Symposium
Robert Keeley’s book is called Helping our children grow in faith: How the church can nurture the spiritual development of kids. Keeley answers the question: “How do we explain our faith to children in ways that are simple enough for children to understand, but, at the same time, how do we help them develop a deep faith that is able to stand up to the questions that they will ask?” Read the rest of this entry »