How to Provoke Your Children to Anger in Three Easy Lessons

We live in a culture that sends parents multiple, conflicting messages about their children.  On the one hand, children are to be the center of our universe—given all they desire, and praised to the hilt (in order to prevent low self-esteem, of course).  They are to be protected from all sorts of suffering, doted upon,…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 4: Set the Core

Whether you have inherited an existing children’s ministry or are working from the ground up, it’s vital to set the CORE of your ministry.  These are the essential components that are (humanly speaking) unmovable and unchangeable–the backbone of your entire ministry to children.  And, just like your own body’s “core,” your ongoing task is to strengthen…

Children’s Ministry 101. Lesson 3: Set the Mission

Now that we have our dual starting points for children’s ministry (parents AND outreach), the next step is to set the mission.  This essential part of the process  is more than just writing a mission statement that goes on your website and letterhead.  Setting the mission is all about establishing the foundation of the ministry and seeking…

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…

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…

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…

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…