Most parents and churches dread to talk to kids about … money. But our silence will cost us in the long run. Whether they like it or not, our children will have a life-long relationship with money. If we don't train them to love God, to work hard, to make money, to master money, and to use money for the glory of God and the good of people, we'll have a generation of Christians drowning in debt and consumerism, unable to make any profound difference in their world.
There is something about church that seems to invite misbehavior and a lot of "joyful noise" from the little bundles of rocket-powered energy (aka kids). However, the momentary disruption children cause is, in the grand scheme of life, not a big deal. They may be distracting at times, but they’re our next generation of believers, so let's give them room to grow into that role. It’s more important for kids to see their parents involved in spiritual things – kids learn a lot through observation – than for us to have a noise-free, distraction-free, child-free church experience.
Your students won’t ever tell you this, but like all human beings, they long to be known. They desperately want to feel that they and their life stories matter. That’s why it’s so important that you take every chance you get to enter into their world and explore it as if it were a treasure island.
Here are 12 small actions you can take to make sure that no child feels invisible and insignificant while they’re in your care.
In this post I’d like to share with you 10 of my all-time favorite free resources that I use on a regular basis. My ministry has greatly benefited from these treasures. This is my way to acknowledge the wonderful people who make them available and also to remind us of the beautiful truth that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
With the 2019 Eat This Book challenge you can lead the children in your church into a whole new world where they will engage the Bible and enter into a conversation with it. The challenge will encourage them to think, feel, wonder, and imagine. Perhaps, for the first time in their lives, they will interact directly with the Bible and have their own exciting and marvelous encounters with God's Holy Word.
As humidity is rising and attendance is dropping, we might be tempted to give only a half-hearted effort to children's ministry. After all, isn't summer meant to be a time for rest and relaxation? While summer certainly should be a time to renew your strength and refresh your spirit, that’s not all that it can or should be. “By God’s design, summer is a season of growth and fruitfulness. And summer can be a time of tremendous creativity and growth in our churches, if we are willing to make the effort.