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’ … […]

An Open Letter to Pastors About Children’s Ministry

AN OPEN LETTER TO PASTORS ABOUT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Dear Pastor, Ministry to children is essential. Here are five compelling reasons why you ought to prioritize children’s ministry in the local church: 1. Children are one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. Children aren’t an obscure people group. Globally, 25.5% of the world’s […]

Children’s Ministry Threatened!

Children’s ministry threatened! Veteran researcher and author George Barna recently revealed (May 2022) that only 12% of children’s pastors and youth pastors, and a paltry 4% of Christian parents of preteens have a biblical worldview.* These are American findings, yet the statistics probably apply to all developed nations. While there’s no similar research in Canada, […]

What’s Truly Important in Children’s Ministry?

One of the key reasons children’s ministry is held back is that the good things we do aren’t always the best things we should do. So what’s truly important in children’s ministry? Here are my top three priorities: 1. Empower children to love Christ. British evangelist T. Austin-Sparks said, “When Christ really captivates us, everything […]

More Is Caught Than Taught

The adage “more is caught than taught” is certainly true concerning the way children learn to live for Jesus. Children mimic what they see and hear. Most children want to be like their mom or dad. Parents, how are you living? You’re either living according to the world’s ways or according to God’s ways (Romans […]

Children’s Faith Formation

What are the essentials for children’s faith formation? How do we cultivate a child’s passion for Jesus and authentic faith-filled journeys with Him? While there are many factors involved in children becoming more like Christ, here are five prerequisites: A life-changing encounter with Jesus. The most important requirement for a child’s faith formation is following […]

Do Christian Parents Indoctrinate Their Children?

Do Christian parents indoctrinate their children? In his book The God Delusion, atheist Richard Dawkins claims it’s child abuse to indoctrinate children into religion. In a typically inflammatory style, he also said that teaching children to accept religious beliefs is a more devastating and crippling form of child abuse than sexual abuse. Is he right? […]

What Does the Bible Say About Children?

What does the Bible say about children? “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him” Psalm 127:3 (NLT). This well-known verse encapsulates the fact that children are a precious blessing from God. It should, therefore, come as no surprise to discover that children are both present and prominent throughout the […]

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