Help! There are Pharisees in my Youth Group!

In another post, 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…

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 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?  No….

When the Selfie Obsession Would Come to a Screeching Halt

Do you think the inventor of the forward-facing cell phone camera imagined the “selfie” craze of the past decade?  If he (or she) knew anything about human nature, this obsession with taking and posting endless pictures of ourselves was clearly predictable.  What else would I want to do with a camera on my phone?  And,…

Ordinary Children’s Ministry

Ordinary. Adjective. The opposite of exciting.  That’s what you’re thinking, isn’t it?  Why in the world would we want to be a part of anything ordinary?  The last thing we want in our church is just a plain old, ordinary, boring children’s ministry!  After all, we live in an age where most people expect–even demand–events…

Tinkering around in Children’s Ministry

Our pastor used a true story about the great American automobile giant, Henry Ford, as a helpful sermon illustration.  Naturally, I thought of how it applies to Children’s Ministry as well as raising children in general.  Here’s the story… There is a wonderful story of Henry Ford and Charlie Steinmetz. Steinmetz had one of the…

On Presidential Inaugurations and True Unity

The world has just witnessed the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America.  Much of the commentary surrounding this historic event has highlighted how the supposed “united” America is more divided than ever, creating the need for the new President to unite this country.  Competing throngs of supporters and protesters seem to bear this…

Seminaries for Children

Seminaries for children?  That sounds like cruel and unusual punishment–almost child abuse!  First graders poring over Greek and Hebrew verb tenses.  Kindergartners subjected to medieval church history and systematic theology.  Second graders forced to preach on the circuit and visit the sick.  How is a seminary any place for a child?  By definition it’s a…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 16: Grounded in Compassion

When you come to firmly believe that a vibrant children’s ministry is essential because of the covenant of grace in Jesus Christ, then you will remain grounded in your purpose and mission.  But how will you maintain and sustain the everyday work of the ministry?  It will certainly help if you have dedicated covenant parents who understand the…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 15: Grounded in Covenant

“Why do we have a children’s ministry in the first place?”  This is a question you must always be prepared to answer.  Sometimes it will come even more aggressively, like: “I don’t see children’s ministry in the Bible.” or “The early church didn’t have a Director of Children’s Ministry!”  Before you read on, what answer…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 14: Train for Relationships

If we rightly understand that the local church is a covenant community of believers, then we must always prioritize the development of Biblical relationships.  So what does this particular task look like in children’s ministry?  Do we just wait for our youth ministry associates to do this work, since that’s when children become more interested…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 13: Train for Worship

One critical children’s ministry decision is whether to have some sort of “children’s church” during the Sunday morning worship service, or opt to keep children in worship with their parents.  Ultimately, the pastoral leadership and elders of your church are responsible to cast the vision of what biblical corporate worship looks like, including how children are to be…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 12: Protect ALL Children

It’s a sad reality that we need to devote a lesson in this series to the topic of child protection.  But, we live in a fallen world.  Evil people who want to hurt children.  Churches tend to be “soft targets” where predators have plenty of opportunities.  So your children’s ministry  team must always keep a place on…