Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Top Three Prayer Requests for the Children in Our ministries - #1 - Pray For God to Open Their Eyes

There is certainly no shortage of things for us to pray about and for when it comes to the children in our Children's Ministries, but I do believe - especially in the day in which we live - it is essential for us to pray for God to open the eyes of the children, so they are able to see the truth.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Top Three Prayer Requests for the Children in Our ministries - #2 - Pray They are Drawn to God

Yesterday I wrote about how we need to pray for the children in our ministries and shared one of my Top Three Prayer Requests for the Children in our Ministries. Today I'm sharing with you my second prayer request for the children in our ministries . . . 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Top Three Prayer Requests for the Children in our Ministries

We need to pray for the children in our ministries. When I look at this world around me and how God's Word is mocked and disregarded, I am concerned about what it will be like for them to grow up. I most sincerely want them to grow to be people who know, love and walk with Jesus, so I pray. I pray for them because while I am limited in what I can actually do, God is not. He is bigger than I think He is and He is able to do ever so much more than I can even begin to imagine!

So, what do I pray about? Certainly the list has a number of things on it and changes depending on the situations they are facing, but over the next few days I'll share my Top Three Prayer Requests for the Children in our Ministries; beginning with #3 . . . 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Children's Ministry . . . #1 - Do Not Forget to Point Children to Jesus!

For the past few days I've been talking about my Top Five Do-Not's when it comes to Children's Ministry - today I'm sharing with you my Top Do-Not . . . 
  • Do not fail to point the children in your ministry to God . . . it is essential for them to know how very much God loves them - and they can love Him back!
This may seem like a "no-brainer", but if you are going to commit to be certain you are pointing children to Jesus, what can you do to be sure you are doing this? Consider the following ideas . . . 

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Children's Ministry . . . #2 - Do Not Forget to Share the Joy!

In Children's Ministry there are many things we need to be sure we do, but there are also things which we need to be watching to see we "do not" do; today I'm sharing another of my Top Five Ministry Do Not's . . . 
  • Do not forget to share with the children in your ministry your joy in knowing and walking with God! Tell them how God answers your prayers and be sure to pray with them about the things which matter to them.
So, if you are going to commit to remember to share with the children in your ministry the joy of knowing and walking with God, what can you do to be sure you are doing this? Consider the following ideas . . . 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Children's Ministry . . . #3 Do Not Forget God Created Children to Learn by Moving

For the past couple days I've been writing about my, "Top Five Do-Not's" when it comes to Children's Ministry . . . today I'm sharing my #3 Do Not . . . 
  • Do not forget God created little children to wiggle, move and learn by doing these things. Do not require preschoolers in particular, but all children, to have to sit still and listen. Yes, they need to listen and not be a "distraction" to other children, but some of them may not be able to sit still. They may need to lay down or move between sitting and laying down. Be flexible. Allow children to sit - or lay - however they need to, as long as they listen and do not distract other children during the Bible Adventure.
So, if you are going to commit to remember God created little children to wiggle, move and learn by doing these things, what can you do to be sure you are able to balance allowing children to move with keeping all of the children focused on the Bible events? Consider the following ideas . . . 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Resource for Families - Science the Bible & Fun!

In this day and age it is especially important for grandparents (and parents) to be focused upon passing their faith to the children they love, but it can be a challenge to find resources to help them do this. Science the Bible & Fun was written for this reason and provides 52 weeks of lessons grandparents/parents will be able to use to engage their grandchildren/children in learning how to love, know and walk with God!

Each week there is a science activity which will engage children and connect them to the point of the Bible event. They will learn about Bible people and how to pray the Psalms back to God along with fun activities which are just for fun!

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Children's Ministry . . . Do Not Communicate Children are Too Little to Understand God's Word

For the next few days I'm looking at my Top Five Do-Not's when it comes to Children's Ministry. Yesterday I talked about one important, Do-Not . . . Do Not bore children. Today I want to talk about another . . . 
  • Do not communicate to children knowing and walking with Jesus is something for adults. When we "reduce" teaching children about Jesus to just telling them, "stories" and barely open our Bibles, we communicate to children the only thing they can understand or be interested in as a child is the "stories". However, the truth is children can learn to open and use their Bibles. They can learn to know and walk with Jesus as children. They can live god's Word in their everyday lives. Do not give them the impression those things are just for adults and "stories" - they have heard over and over - are for them.
So, if you are going to commit to not communicate to children knowing and walking with Jesus is for adults, what can you do to be sure you do engage them in God's Word and challenge them to live it in their lives now? Consider the following ideas . . . 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Resource for Grandparents & Parents In Your Church . . .

Over the past several years I have taken time to write about how Grandparenting Ministry strengthens Children's Ministry. When grandparents are focused upon passing their faith to their children's children, this benefits children, families and your ministry. So, it makes great sense for you to support and encourage grandparents. One way you can do this is to recommend resources for them to use to better understand how to pass their faith to their grandchildren and to use with their grandchildren. 

Today I'm very happy to recommend to you one such resource . . . Deeper In 4 Grandparents & Parent's, Too! Praying the Scriptures for the Children You Love - Psalms Edition. This book provides grandparents - and parents - with 52 weeks of prayers from Psalms which they will be able to pray for themselves and for the children they love. Each week provides a Scripture passage from the Book of Psalms, questions to help you think through what this passage is saying and then a personalized prayer for you to pray for your own walk with God and another for you to pray for your grandchildren. Then, the prayers are broken into seven portions - one for each day of the week. This helps you to pray focused on smaller portions so you are able to be very specific in your prayers throughout the week.

I'm putting a sample prayer here for you to see . . . and try. 

The Top Five "Do-Not's" for Children's Ministry . . . Do Not Bore Children

When it comes to Children's Ministry there are so many wonderful things we get to do; the most important of which include telling children about Jesus and helping them grow to know and walk with Him. But, there are also things we must be careful not to do, so today I'm sharing with you one of my Top Five "Do-Not's" for Children's Ministry.