What does the Bible say about family ministry? Picture of multi-generational family.

What Does the Bible Say About Family Ministry?

Family ministry in the Bible. What does the Bible say about family ministry? “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you” Exodus 20:12. The above verse from the Ten Commandments may be one of the best-known verses concerning families. Yet noticeably, it doesn’t mention the word “family.” […]

A Basic Theology of Children

While educators, psychologists, academics, and others have much to say about children, God’s Word should be foundational for understanding who children are and why we should care for them. Here’s a basic theology of children expressed as ten fundamental truths: Children are a gift from God. “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a […]

Thinking Biblically and Clearly About Children’s Ministry

The flourishing of children’s ministry is contingent on God’s people thinking biblically and clearly. If we don’t raise the level of our thinking, we mire children’s ministry in mediocrity. For children’s ministry to thrive and not just survive, we have to think right; wrong thinking, unintended or not, always leads to decay. “Set your minds […]

Twelve Core Values For Children’s Ministry

What are the fundamental driving forces at the heart of children’s ministry that should guide and hold it true to what we should be saying and doing? What are the essential beliefs that set the direction of children’s ministry, keep it on track, and make it easy to prepare and plan activities and events? Our […]

What is a Child?

What is a child? Is a child a small adult, an angelic treasure from heaven, the property of the parents, someone who hasn’t reached puberty, a little monster, or a tender plant requiring gentle, loving care? Popular definitions. According to well-known American author and illustrator Dr. Seuss, children are simply people. “A person’s a person, […]

Children’s Faith Formation

What are the essentials for children’s faith formation? How do we cultivate a child’s passion for Jesus and an authentic faith-filled journey 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 […]

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 […]

What Hinders a Strategic Approach to Children’s Ministry?

What hinders a strategic approach to children’s ministry? This important question was initially raised at The Future of the Church? Rethinking the Framework of Ministry Summit (January 2022) and is the subject of ongoing discussions in different forums and groups. So what are we learning? We’ve identified four major hurdles we need to overcome: Institutional […]

Ten building blocks for a children's ministry strategy. Picture of child playing with building blocks.

Ten Building Blocks for a Children’s Ministry Strategy

Is your ministry to children world-class? Regardless of whether you’re a parent, pastor, teacher or sports coach, are you excelling at helping children enjoy Jesus and live for Him? If you answered no, then you probably need a children’s ministry strategy. When I was a parent, my plan of action to effectively and consistently help […]

How Children’s Ministry Can Thrive After COVID-19

For children’s ministry to thrive after COVID-19, it must progress into a new reality. We’re going to have to develop new paradigms and strategies for church life and faith formation in order to flourish in a post-pandemic world.  Hoping to return to normal is a pipedream. If we think we can go back to what […]