Articles for Children's Ministry Leaders

Should Parents Lay Down The Law Or Give Grace?

Should Parents Lay Down the Law or Give Grace?

I have parents who talk to me all the time about their struggle with the question, "When should I enforce law and when should I give grace?"
5 Ways to Regain Classroom Attention

5 Ways to Regain Classroom Attention

"I’ve found that there are several ways you can prevent losing the room, and ways to regain it when accidents happen."
9 Things I Will Teach My Kids About God

9 Things I Will Teach My Kids About God

"God won’t always give us clear and crisp directions."
How Parents Affect Their Children's Faith (the Latest Findings)

How Parents Affect Their Children’s Faith (the Latest Findings)

"83 percent of evangelical parents are taking their children to church."

5 Easy Ways Parents Can Bless Their Children This Holiday Season

Family expert Dr. John Trent shares 5 ways parents can bless their children during Holiday school breaks.
6 Things I Tell Every Story Teller

6 Things I Tell Every Story Teller

"What I have found is the things that make good story tellers great story tellers is they are constant learners."
The #1 Parenting Passage in the Bible

The #1 Parenting Passage in the Bible

"The Great Commission summarizes your calling as parents, and its promises remind you of where you can look for help and hope!"
Church as a Community Stress-Reliever for the Christmas Season

Church as a Community Stress-Reliever for the Christmas Season

We all know the list. The preschool play. The elementary choir performance, hand bell performance and live nativity (which you will do five times leading up to Christmas).
Gaining a Perspective on Failure

Gaining a Perspective on Failure

At my first job in a church, my boss told me he wanted his children to fail as young as possible.

5 Things to Teach Your Children This Christmas

"Christmas provides a wonderful opportunity to pour the truths of the gospel into the hearts of our children."
Letting Kids Be the Tradition-Makers

Letting Kids Be the Tradition-Makers

"When we allow children to have a creative voice in how we celebrate the holidays, we let them exercise the gifts and talents given to them by our precious Abba God."
Teaching Kids to Hear the Voice of God

Teaching Kids to Hear the Voice of God

"Children don’t receive a junior Holy Spirit."
Concern vs. Personal Responsibility

Concern vs. Personal Responsibility

"If I take on the weight of even half of the hurts and needs that I encounter in just one week, I greatly decrease the effectiveness of my ministry."
8 Things Most People Don't Get about Children's Ministry

8 Things Most People Don’t Get About Children’s Ministry

"If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children." D. L. Moody
The Single Greatest Recruitment Tool for Kidmin

The Single Greatest Recruitment Tool for Kidmin

If you have done kids ministry for any length of time you will be able to say like Paul, “I know what it’s like to be abased and to abound.”
Witness the Defining Moments

Witness the Defining Moments

I certainly don’t want to give a child some false sense of spiritual security, but I also remember that Jesus told us to come as a child. There is something about the innocence of children that Jesus honored.

Pastor, Success Is Not Your Goal

"In life and ministry, success is an amazing byproduct but a terrible goal and an even worse master."
5 Things You're Saying to Guest Families that You Shouldn't Say

5 Things You’re Saying to Guest Families That You Shouldn’t Say

Phrases like "The truth is..." and "I don't know" can really tarnish a newcomer's view of you and your ministry.
Partnering With Schools for the Holidays

Partnering With Schools for the Holidays

I used to believe that heroes wore capes, but these days I’m convinced that anyone who works to invest in the life of a child is a hero in the purest form.
What Bible Should I Buy My Kid?

What Bible Should I Buy My Kid?

Now there are more Bible versions and types of Bibles than there are flavors at Baskin Robins.
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