What’s the Best Way to Connect Children With Jesus?

What’s the best way to connect children with Jesus? Children’s ministry leader DeAnn Stull says, “You can’t get children to Jesus if you don’t get them in the church door to share the Gospel!” Is she right? Is church attendance the best way to connect children with Jesus? How congregations spend their time, energy, and […]

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 […]

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? […]

Reimagining Children’s Faith Formation

Evaluating the why, what, where, when, who and how of children’s faith formation isn’t optional; it’s essential. The spiritual well-being of this generation of children is at stake. With declining numbers of children embracing Christ (in the Western World), it’s incumbent on us to thoroughly examine and critically analyze the state of children’s ministry. Healthy […]

Sharing Jesus With Your Children

“You shall have no other gods before me” Exodus 20:3-6. What kind of Jesus are you sharing with your children? Most likely your personal conception of Him. Your intellectual beliefs and experiential realities inform your view of Jesus. The Jesus you share with your children is the Jesus you know through your theology, personal encounters, culture, […]

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 to first and foremost draw children to […]

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 […]

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 […]