Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 2: Begin with Outreach

No, there’s not a typo in the title.  Yes, Lesson One was entitled “Begin with Parents.”  So is it possible to have two different starting points in children’s ministry?  It’s not only possible; it’s essential!  To begin only with our members and our covenant children will potentially make us more inward rather than outward looking.  Choosing…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 1: Begin with Parents

So, you’ve been called to lead your church’s children’s ministry.  Congratulations!  You are entering into the vital work of telling “the next generation the glorious deeds of our LORD (Psalm 78:4).”  What a privilege you have to direct a ministry which points children to Jesus.  But where to begin?  Maybe you have inherited a ministry that has a well-established…

Letting Children Choose…their Sexuality?

A new YouTube video featuring a California father’s response to his son’s choice of doll has gone viral, with millions of views to date.  If one is to believe the comments attached to this self-promoting clip, this man is in line for the next Father-of-the-Century award.  What does he say to his son that is…

Talk to your Children about the Real War

It seems as though each week at the dinner table, I’m talking to my children about another war.  Some weeks, it’s the war of radical Islam against the western world.  Other times, it’s the culture wars, involving issues like abortion, transgender issues, and gay marriage.  Sprinkled in between are discussions of political wars between left and…

You Never Graduate from the School of Christ

Two weekends, two graduations.  Our daughter number three graduated from high school, and daughter number one from college (that’s right, my children have no names, just numbers).  It’s that time of year in America!  As we transition to summer, hoards of young people walk across the stage, and into another chapter of their lives.  They are told…

Are Parents Creating a Generation of Narcissists?

Last month, a couple of connected research studies were released dealing with the apparent increase of young narcissists in modern society.  The researchers’ conclusion?  Well, while there are several factors that combine to make a narcissist, the chief culprit appears to be the parents.  Specifically, parents who “overvalue” their children and dole out too much praise may unleash a raging…

The Church Needs to be More Accepting of…

I’m seeing more and more pronouncements in Christian media that begin with the words: “The Church needs to be more accepting of…”  Now, I’m used to the anti-Christian voices judging the Church of Jesus Christ for being judgmental or hateful or intolerant of many types of people or behaviors.  That has always been, and will…

Home of the Brave…or Home of the Fearful?

Our national anthem proclaims that America is “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  While it’s tempting to question the first part of that pronouncement, the last part has also fallen on hard times.  Certainly, we still see many individual acts of bravery and courage every day, such as in the…

Train Your Children to be Hosts, Not Guests

As a Children’s Ministry Director, my favorite week of the church calendar is Vacation Bible School week.  But a close second is going on this week at my church–Missions Festival week.  It seems to always come at the right time, to give me a necessary attitude adjustment and a re-focusing of my priorities.  I (and my family)…

Help! There are Pharisees in my Youth Group!

Last month, I dealt with the temptation to pull our children out of youth group due to the influence of non-Christian peers [Help! There are Pagans in my Youth Group!].  Thankfully, in a Biblically sound youth ministry, there are also many of our covenant children, growing in grace as young Christians.  These young people are tasked…

Teach your Children the Twelve Truths of Christmas

Our children learn a whole lot about life during the Christmas season.  They learn how to indulge themselves.  They learn how to be demanding and self-centered.  They learn works-righteousness from Santa (Good=presents; Bad=lump of coal).  They learn that getting new stuff equals happiness. They learn the secret of discontentment.  They learn that our American economy…

Help! There are Pagans in my Youth Group!

When my oldest daughter was ready to enter our church youth group, I found myself in a series of discussions with members who had decided to not allow their children to attend.  Maybe it shouldn’t have, but this caught me off-guard.  Was it because they disagreed with what was being taught in our youth ministry?…