Do Church Structures Enable Children’s And Family Ministry To Grow?

Ground-breaking new multi-national research by an international team of academic researchers and ministry practitioners from Brazil, Canada, the UK, and the USA asks, “Do church structures enable children’s and family ministry to grow?” This is a critical question if you’re a teacher, parent, volunteer or pastor involved with children’s or family ministry. Why? Because if […]

Family Faith Formation

Families, not churches, must take the lead in the faith formation of children. Our theology is disjointed and needs to be reoriented. The primary responsibility for children’s spiritual health and growth rests with parents – not teachers, pastors, counsellors, kids min volunteers, or spiritual directors. Theological confusion concerning who is responsible for children’s faith development […]

Awakening Parents to Family Discipleship

The Canadian Children’s Ministry Report 2021 identified that like it or not, the pandemic exposed a tragic reality; “even good Christian homes struggled to build spiritual formation into the daily rhythms of life.” The apathy or unwillingness of parents to disciple their children shouldn’t be ignored. Parents need to be the driving force in the […]

Purpose of the Family

What’s the purpose of the family? Sociologists generally view the purpose of the family as procreation and socialization. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Robin S. Smith, says the socializing purpose of the family in today’s society “is to provide a safe and nurturing space in which its members can know that feeling of ‘home’ … […]

Leading A Child To Jesus

What’s involved in leading a child to Jesus? Aiming for Jesus. Children should aim for Jesus. He’s the bulls-eye. He should be the One at the centre of a child’s world. But that’s easier said than done. Children have many targets throughout their lives. The first target when they’re born is their mother’s breast. Babies […]

Teach Children About Jesus

What should we teach in children’s ministry? All home, church and school teaching should ultimately be to this end – to teach children about Jesus. To learn Christ. A common expression in the early church was “to learn Christ.” We should co-opt this phrase for children’s ministry. Jesus, above all else, is the One we […]

Thinking Biblically and Clearly About Children’s Ministry

The flourishing of children’s ministry is contingent on God’s people thinking biblically and clearly. If we don’t raise the level of our thinking, we mire children’s ministry in mediocrity. For children’s ministry to thrive and not just survive, we have to think right; wrong thinking, unintended or not, always leads to decay. “Set your minds […]

A Vision for Future Children’s Ministry

Do you have a vision for future children’s ministry? Pastor and author A. W. Tozer said, “We need a baptism of clear seeing. We desperately need seers who can see through the mist – Christian leaders with prophetic vision. Unless they come soon, it will be too late for this generation. And if they do […]

Twelve Core Values For Children’s Ministry

What are the fundamental driving forces at the heart of children’s ministry that should guide and hold it true to what we should be saying and doing? What are essential beliefs that set the direction of children’s ministry, keep it on track, and make it easy to prepare and plan activities and events? Our beliefs […]

What is a Child?

What is a child? Is a child a small adult, an angelic treasure from heaven, the property of the parents, someone who hasn’t reached puberty, a little monster, or a tender plant requiring gentle, loving care? Popular definitions. According to well-known American author and illustrator Dr. Seuss, children are simply people. “A person’s a person, […]

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