Roots and wings

Roots and Wings

German polymath and writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots. The other, wings.” One of my wife’s favourite verses is Jeremiah 17:7-8: “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like […]

Bridging Faith and Technology: A New Era for Children’s Ministry

Bridging faith and technology … Advances in technology make it easier to connect with people anywhere and everywhere. In Roman times, their road system, a technological feat, expanded their empire. Today, the Internet is an information superhighway enabling us to share and distribute information worldwide. With future growth and development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), connections […]

Imagination and Innovation: The Future of Children’s Ministry

A broken system. The future of children’s ministry is compromised. Why? Because the system of children’s ministry, as it exists in most churches, is broken (underperforming). I say this with a heavy heart. Research indicates that “millions of children and youth raised in the church will continue to leave unless something changes” [cf. Generations Lost]. […]

Will the Children Have Faith in the Post-Pandemic Era?

Children’s faith formation in the future. In an academic article in the Journal of Beliefs and Values, Sarah Holmes, Mimi Larson, and Sue Price ask, “Will the children have faith in the post-pandemic era?” [Read the Article] With C-19 in the rearview mirror, that’s a great question. Are pre-pandemic perspectives and practices concerning children’s faith […]

How to be a missional family. Family volunteering and being intentional

The Missional Family: Reflecting Christ’s Love in Everyday Life

The missional family … Every Christian family should be a lighthouse to reflect Jesus to the world (cf. Matthew 5:14-16). American theologian and ethicist Russell D. Moore says the Christian family is to effect “consciences and personalities and souls … transforming how countless people see God, the Gospel, and themselves … [by seeing] a reflection […]