Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Two Resources to Help Parents/Grandparents Hand Down the Faith

Since one of the main things we need to do as people who serve in Children's Ministry is to equip and encourage parents/grandparents to hand down the faith to the children they love, we need to know what resources are available for them to use to be equipped for this all important "job" and then be intentional about letting them know about these resources. For the past 25 years I have reviewed curriculum and resources for use in Children's Ministries, and will likely continue to do this for you, but I also want to be sure to let you know about resources available for you to recommend to the parents and grandparents in your church. Today I am going to recommend two resources.

Monday, December 30, 2019

God's Best Plan & He Has You Where You Are For A Reason

I began writing about Children's Ministry twenty five years ago. It was the beginning of the time where churches saw the need for staff who actually focused upon developing a solid ministry to the children in their church - beyond the DCE (Director of Christian Ed) who often was an Elder/Deacon and pretty much just handed out quarterlies to teachers and planned a VBS each year. People were starting to see how it truly mattered for our churches to take their Children's Ministry seriously - they saw it mattered for them to have effective Children's Ministry and choices about curriculum and programming truly mattered. 

Publishers began developing more curriculum resources and training opportunities. People (such as myself) began writing websites (this was before the start of blogs) with information to help the new Children's Directors/Pastors as they worked to develop solid Children's Ministry. Things began to become so much better!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Children's Ministry which Matters & Makes a Difference

Yesterday I learned this blog, About the Children's Department is #2 in the Top 40 Children's Ministry Blogs and Websites in 2019. First of all, this is a huge honor and since I have not been posting daily, as I once did, it is also a huge surprise. Thank you everyone who reads About the Children's Department. Since you are still reading what I write, I will try to post at least five times a week to provide fresh content.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Hand Down the Faith for Free with Generations Quest Cultivate the Faith!

Handing down the faith tends to be something which the parents and grandparents of the children in your ministry look forward to doing and enjoy, or something which leaves them feeling confused and unable to do effectively. I am very happy today to let you know about a resource which gives them 52 lessons, complete with science projects, crafts and cooking activities to engage the children they love while also helping them learn about real people from the Bible, how those Bible people chose to walk with God and how they are able to do the same. This resource is called Generations Quest Cultivate the Faith! and today through Friday the kindle version is free at this link!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Make 2020 a Year of Handing Down the Faith Intentionally with Your FREE Kindle Copy of Generations Quest Cultivate the Faith!

When the parents and grandparents of the children in your ministry hand down the faith, they watch for those unplanned opportunities to connect life with God, His Word and how they are able to know and walk with Him. But, they also need to plan opportunities to do these things in a very intentional and purposeful way as well. 

This is where Generations Quest Cultivate the Faith! comes in. This book provides them with 52 intentional, purposeful lessons complete with science projects, crafts, cooking along with Bible lessons, time to work with a prayer journal and teach their grandchildren/children why they are able to believe in God and trust His Word with confidence. I wrote this book to have something I would be able to use to engage my active grandsons in learning how to know, love and walk with God and I am so happy to let you know next week - December 23-27, 2019 you - and the parents/grandparents you know - are able to download the Kindle copy of it for FREE!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children Now Available Through the Kidology Store

Kidology logoI am very happy today to let you know I have been invited to release my grandsons' and my book, Praying Deeper Through the Psalms for Children, through the Kidology Store! It is available for immediate download at this link
If you have been involved in the Children's Ministry at your church, you likely know about Kidology. Karl Bastin is the founder of Kidology; a non-profit organization which exists to equip and encourage those who minister to children. Their primary ministry is Kidology.org, a website where each day over 20,000 children's ministry leaders and volunteers find help, ideas, training, and resources which enable them to most effectively reach and teach kids.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Recommend a Gift Which Makes a Real & Lasting Impact

Christmas is just around the corner, if giving books is part of the gift-giving tradition of the parents and grandparents in your church, or if you would like to recommend a gift which truly makes a difference and will help children ages four to fourteen learn to walk with God, consider this book  . . .