Thursday, October 27, 2016

Strengthen Your Children's Ministry by Equipping Grandparents . . .

When you think about the families in your Children's Ministry, who do you think about? Of course families include children, parents, possibly older siblings in your youth ministry, but there is someone else to keep in mind when you think about the families in your Children's Ministry . . . the grandparents. Yes, grandparents!

Few people on Earth care about the children in your ministry as much as Christian grandparents do. These grandparents know it matters for them to pass faith to their grandchildren, but they may not know how to go about doing so. When they do, the children will be impacted in powerful, positive ways, making it well worth your time to help the grandparents learn how to pass their faith to their grandchildren.

Equipping grandparents can be as involved as you want - you could begin a Grandparenting Ministry with the focus on engaging, equipping and encouraging grandparents to pass on their faith. This could involve Sunday school classes, small groups and opportunities for grandparents to get together with other grandparents to pray and learn together. It could include opportunities for grandparents and grandchildren to participate in special events and it could include opportunities for them to serve their community together. Or, you could simply provide resources for grandparents and encourage them to use them - in classes which already exist and on their own.

Whether you being an actual Grandparenting Ministry in your church, or build on what you are already doing, you will need resources, so, today I want to share one of three resources with you which you could use with the grandparents in your ministry to help them pass faith to their grandchildren. (I'll share the other two over the next two days.)

The first is a book which grandparents could read/work through on their own or in a Sunday school class or small group. It Is Impossible to Spoil Grandchildren has ten chapters, each dealing with how to pass faith to their grandchildren such as . . .

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thankful Challenge

Yesterday I wrote about how teaching children to be thankful is a great way to help them remember and follow God - it is hard to forget Him, when we are watching for His blessings and being thankful!

So, today I want to look at what Scripture has to say about being thankful. Consider the following . . . 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Why Does It Matter for Our Children's Ministry to Be Thankful?

I have been talking about being thankful for a couple weeks. Why? Because I absolutely believe it matters for us to be thankful if we want the children in our ministries to, first of all, remember God and secondly, become people who are thankful. It matters much if we are thankful - all year, not just at Thanksgiving. Consider the following . . . 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Thankful for Confident Hope and Perfect Peace!

As I think about being thankful, I know I have so much for which to be thankful. But one thing I'm most thankful for is because I know I can put my confident hope in God! "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope." Romans 15:13

As you think about your family and ministry, are you able to have confident hope in God? There are so many things to do and the world is certainly filled with uncertainty, but as you think about being thankful, keep the following in mind . . .

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Celebrate! The Most Important Decision Ever!

Oh yes! Yesterday there was some serious celebrating going on in Heaven because yesterday my dear, sweet grandson, Caleb, "became part of God's family!" There are moments in your lifetime which stand out in your memory as times you'll never forget . . . well, this moment is one I'll never forget! We were talking about what it takes to get to Heaven (saying Jesus is Lord, admitting you believe God raised Jesus from the dead and asking Him to forgive you) and Caleb, with a huge smile on his face, said he wanted to do them all - and did! We talked about what it means to say Jesus is Lord (it is saying He is the Boss of your life and you will obey Him) and Caleb said he understood and wanted Jesus to be his Boss!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cultivate and Model a Heart of Thankfulness!

Every year in November we talk about and focus on Thanksgiving; for good reason, but this year make the commitment to modeling and encouraging a heart of thankfulness all year long! Consider the following . . . 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Having a Heart Attitude of Thankfulness

Yesterday I wrote about being thankful. I said, "Being thankful goes to the heart of who we are. It can be far too easy to be a person who just takes advantage of the kindness of others and this is something people who serve in churches need to be on guard for." We cause great pain to others when we take advantage of them and when we misjudge them.

Of course, none of us want to be people who take advantage of others or who misjudge them, but how can we be on guard for this and recognize if this is what we are doing? Consider the following . . .

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Be Thankful!

Thanksgiving is just a month away, so as we turn our focus to being thankful, I want to take a moment to encourage us all to be intentional about being thankful all year . . . not just in November. I've been talking with my grandsons about being thankful people. I tell them we love to be people who are thankful and encourage them to look for reasons to be thankful to others and to God. If the habit - or "mind-set" of being thankful is one which is encouraged and celebrated from the youngest ages, I believe it is one which will become a part of who we are!

While being thankful is part of having good manners, I think it is more than a manners "issue". Being thankful goes to the heart of who we are. It can be far too easy to be a person who just takes advantage of the kindness of others and this is something people who serve in churches need to be on guard for. We have people who volunteer their time, abilities and gifts to serve in our children's ministries. These people give and give and give - and we happily take what they give. Do we truly stop to let them know how very much we appreciate them and what they do? Or, do we take them for granted?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I’m Thankful For . . . God’s Word!!!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I’ve been posting about some of the things I’m thankful for . . . God’s Grace, my family and today I want to share another thing I’m thankful for . . .  God’s Word! Stop and think about it for a minute. God loved us enough to give us His Word so we can know Him and love Him back! This is beyond amazing!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Your Thanksgiving Inventory . . .

Thanksgiving is only a little over a month away . . . so today, this post about being thankful is for you and is for fun! Are we truly thankful people? Do we get so "caught up" in the business of life we don't spend time "taking inventory" about all of God's many, many blessings in our lives?  Take a moment to watch this skit about "Your Thanksgiving Inventory" from the skitguys - it is sure to bring a smile to your face . . .