Faith Formation in the Home

Hands down, the family circle is the best conductor for faith formation! Viewing family life through the lenses of context, content and conviction, here’s why the home is the ultimate environment for nurturing belief and devotion: Context Christian family life revolves around eating, sleeping, conversing, working, resting, celebrating, recreation, decorating the home, spiritual observances (e.g. […]

Tell the Children!

Who does God call on to tell the children about Jesus? All of us! This may come as a surprise, but God expects all Christians to be involved in children’s ministry. If we’re part of the family of God, then all of us must connect children with Jesus and His Story. None of us are […]

Theology of Children’s Ministry

When I started out doing child evangelism meetings I was mainly concerned with program design, event themes, how to dramatize stories, how to capture children’s attention, suitable songs, object lessons, making it fun, prizes and competitions, crafts and games, and getting children saved. A theology of children’s ministry wasn’t even a consideration. That was until […]

Children Anywhere and Everywhere

Children’s ministry is usually equated with something that’s mainly done by the local church. But that’s a limited perspective. The context for children’s ministry is children anywhere and everywhere. It can occur at kitchen tables, schools, sports fields, concerts, clubs, community playgrounds, hospitals, parks, the beach, the street, at birthday parties, or in virtually any […]

Children Are What They Love

My friend Paul Mercer from Mission Eurasia says, “We are what we love, not what we know.” That’s a statement worthy of consideration. Particularly when, according to Mercer, “the educational model of the church is failing without a corresponding model that impacts our hearts.” What is the “educational model of the church” and is Mercer […]

Defining Children’s Ministry

Defining children’s ministry is an essential first step in doing children’s ministry. So let’s consider what it is. What is children’s ministry? Children’s ministry is a process that connects children with Jesus and His Story. To elaborate: Children’s ministry is a process It’s helping children become more like Jesus over time. It involves a series […]

Jesus Centered Teaching

Alarmingly, there are many children, in many churches, who will quit church just as soon as they can (Hemorrhaging Faith and Faith For Exiles). Why are so many children leaving the church as soon as they can? There are many reasons, including the absence of Bible engagement and prayer in the home. Another contributing factor […]

What Does the Bible Say About Children’s Ministry?

What does the Bible say about children’s ministry? “Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child […]

Meeting Jesus

“Hey kids, grab your Bibles, today we’re going to learn about Jesus.” When we tell children we’re “going to learn about Jesus” we’re indicating our intent to get near to Him or talk about things concerning Him. That’s well and good – or is it? One of my undergraduate majors was history. I learned about […]

Jesus Focused Children’s Ministry

Some years ago, when I served as a pastor, a girl in our church said something that profoundly affected the Sunday School teachers and their ministry. What could a child say that would deeply influence what was said and done in the Sunday School? According to the girl’s mother, she asked her daughter, “Did you […]