Longing for Diversity? Reach your Disability Community

If you looked out from the pulpit in our church sanctuary on any given Sunday morning, what would you see?  Hopefully, faces of people who love Jesus and are joyful worshipers of the God!  Yet, if you focused primarily on skin color, you would see about 96% Caucasian, and the rest a smattering of Africans-Americans,…

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…

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…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 11: Serve ALL Children

After serving just a few weeks at my current post, one of our long-time elders and his wife paid me a visit.  After the opening pleasantries, he threw down the gauntlet with this provocative question: “Are you here to minister to ALL the children of our church, or just MOST of them?”   All sorts of thoughts…

Discouraging People

God’s people had been suffering in captivity for about 90 years.  A new generation was given the opportunity to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple of the LORD.  It was an awesome task that would take great strength and courage.  The Promised Land was infested with their enemies, adding to the difficulty.  Look at…