Creating Space For Jesus

We’re not creating space for Jesus! Accustomed as we are to the clatter of the incongruous and inappropriate things of the world, we sometimes miss the obvious – that Jesus should inhabit and inform every facet of children’s ministry. God became Man for a purpose. Children’s ministry exists for nothing other than to draw children […]

Family Faith Formation

Families, not churches, must take the lead in the faith formation of children. Our theology is discombobulated and needs to be reoriented. 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 began […]

Praying for Children’s Ministry

Children’s ministry has faced significant challenges during COVID-19. Even though there’ve been ministry successes and joys in these unusual times, setbacks and sorrows have predominated. How are we feeling? We’re languishing (in the abyss between depression and flourishing). It’s time to say, “Lord we need You!” While we should always pray, the hour for prayer […]

Online Children’s Ministry

Online children’s ministry is an opportunity to equip parents in their role as primary disciple-makers, and engage families in new ways with the services and activities of the local church. Online children’s ministry is here to stay. Digital communications and connectivity will increase moving forward. Adapt or die. If we don’t learn how to do […]

Orientating Our Parenting

What do you really want for your children? Popular author and motivational speaker Wayne Dyer in What Do You Really Want for Your Children says, “Parents want their children to value themselves, to be self-reliant and independent, to take risks, to be free from stress and anxiety, to live peaceful lives, to celebrate present moments, […]

Peace During COVID-19

COVID-19 has created a surreal atmosphere of crippling, crushing or stalling fear. You can smell it in the hospitals, see it in the supermarket line-ups, and hear it in the voices of the bereaved. These are trying times. Worries are amplified by something we can’t see. And with a vaccine only a distant hope – […]

Caring During COVID-19

COVID-19 has overwhelmed people who live in homes that aren’t safe or have no homes to go to. It’s also been devastating for hourly wage earners, small businesses, people with mental health struggles, and those in highly exposed industries like leisure and hospitality. With unemployment, family violence, depression, and suicides soaring around the world, the […]

Fostering Faith During COVID-19

Finding the Lord. What we’re experiencing during COVID-19 has intensified the awareness of our human condition. We’re sensing the shortness of life, are more aware of the reality of death, are feeling anxious about the temporary nature of jobs, and are concerned about the limitations of health care. COVID-19 has transported us to a new […]

Home Alone Together During COVID-19

There’s a meme circulating on social media depicting Satan saying to God, “With COVID-19, I closed your churches!” and God replied, “On the contrary, I just opened one in every home!” A church in every home! What a concept! I wonder if being at home is more than a by-product of social distancing. Maybe, just […]

What Children Should Learn During COVID-19

What should children learn during COVID-19? With children restricted to their homes, people are scrambling to figure this out. Why have things stopped? There are all sorts of things children can learn during the pandemic, but what’s the most important thing? Educators say children should mainly learn language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy when schools are closed. Health […]