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 …

Preschool Pointers: Captivating Children with Interactive Stories

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” —Rudyard Kipling Stories capture our imaginations. Stories clarify abstract concepts. Stories imprint long-term memories. A well-told tale will both instruct and motivate any audience. Jesus often laced unforgettable stories into His sermons. Via stories, the Lord related truths that rebuked His detractors and energized His followers. As educators who grasp the …

ABCs of Family Discipleship—Follow the Faithful

Discipleship Truth: Saints from previous centuries left a clear trail to follow. They walked by faith, not by sight. They stored up treasure in heaven (their true home). They fixed their eyes on Jesus, not allowing distractions, travails, or personal pleasures to alter their course. They remained faithful to the end. As a result, God is not ashamed to be called their “Father” (Hebrews 11:13-16). …