Thursday, October 18, 2018

Does the Church "Tolerate" Some Types of Bullying?

I'm certain if I were to ask anyone in Children's Ministry we would all say we are completely against bullying. But, stop for a moment and think. Do we actually "tolerate" some types of bullying? Are there some types of bullying to which we "turn a blind eye"? Consider the following -

Monday, October 15, 2018

Children and Domestic Abuse

Sadly in far, far too many homes around this country and around the world children witness and often experience domestic violence. This is a tragedy which passes from one generation to the next as children who experience this violence often grow to experience it again as an adult, or to go on and become an abuser themselves. Those of us who serve in Children's Ministries need to be aware of what to look for, so we may reach out and help children and adults whose lives are marred with this hideous violence. These children are often in our midst . . . we must help.

Actual and accurate statistics are difficult to find as so many cases of domestic violence go unreported, but on the Shasta Women's Refuge website I found the following information . . . 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Why We are in Children's Ministry

My background is fairly conservative when it comes to church. I grew up in the church when children sat and listened to their teachers, wrote in their student books and memorized Scripture. In High School I participated on a quiz team and loved everything about it. I wanted my children to experience the same "church" as I did, so when they were little I had them involved in a mid-week program with lots of Bible memorizing. 

My children excelled at Bible memory and moved through their books quickly and amassed their pins and badges. I was sure all of this was how it "should" be until something happened during one awards ceremony which began to completely change my opinion. All the little four year olds were waiting to receive their awards for the progress they made in their books . . . all except for one little boy. This boy had great difficulty memorizing. He did not receive an award that evening . . . and went home in tears. When I saw this I wondered what this little boy's "view" of God looked like. Did he see God as Someone Who would only be pleased with him if he were able to memorize Bible verses? Was this the view of God I wanted children to have? Of course it wasn't.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Let's Let Our Actions Speak!!!

The other day I posted about how our actions speak louder than our words . . . today I'd like to consider how just a few actions are able to communicate our love so much better than any amount of words. 

Every church has children who have a difficult time "connecting" with other children. What can we do to help these children feel like they genuinely belong? Consider the following -

Monday, October 8, 2018

Remember: Actions Speak Louder . . .

In most of our churches, we are a month into our Fall ministries and this got me to thinking . . . 

Friday, October 5, 2018

It's Not Too Late . . .

Your new Fall ministries have begun, but did you take time to sit down with the parents/grandparents and share your vision/purpose, the curriculum their children will be learning from and how they will be able to continue the learning all week at home? If not, it isn't too late to do so! Consider the following -

Thursday, October 4, 2018

This IS Job One . . .

I watched a video by George Barna today and want to share a few of the main points he makes . . . consider the following -
  • Children are THE most important mission field you as an adult will ever encounter!
  • Children are THE mission field God sent parents and grandparents to win over for Him!
  • Nobody else will have the impact on children a parents and grandparent is able to have!
We all agree, children are the most important mission field in the world - and we agree parents and grandparents have the most influence on their children and who they become, but as Barna said, "The problem is, parents surrender this impact to the world." We surrender children to -

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

How Can We Be More Effective?

I like video clips with George Barna . . . they give me definite things to think about. Please take a moment to listen to this clip with George Barna as he talks about how the church is able to minister more effectively today . . . 

Anything - Love = Nothing!

Do you ever listen to sermons from pastors at churches you do not attend? I'd like to share a sermon by Dr. Jim Samra on I Corinthians 13 - Think. Love. Live. Love Never Ends with you. Take 33 minutes and seven seconds to listen to this sermon . . . you will be so glad you did!

There! Did you listen to it? If not, please do!

Okay, now, a few thoughts . . . 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Who Do We Think We Are?

The God of the Universe created each and every child in our Children's Ministries. I'm sure this is a statement with which you have no problem agreeing. Yes, God created each and every child in your Children's Ministry. 

God is the One Who gets to decide the details about each and every child in our Children's Ministries. I'm sure this is also a statement with which you have no problem agreeing. Yes, again, God is the One Who gets to decide the details about each and every child in your Children's Ministry.

God loves each and every child in our Children's Ministries. Once again, I'm sure this is a statement with which you have no problem agreeing. Yes, God absolutely loves each and every child in your Children's Ministry

So, with these three truths, who do we think we are to try and force a child God created and loves into a box in which they do not fit? I am talking about how God created children to learn and how well we obey and follow what God has decided.