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

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 children being transformed to be more like Jesus over the course of time. This involves a series of actions or steps that children take in order to achieve the desired […]

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?

“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 will never enter it’.” Luke 18:16-17. The above […]

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

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 […]

Upside-Down Kingdom

When Jesus walked the earth, childhood wasn’t considered a special stage of life and wasn’t really valued. In fact, childhood was, to all intents and purposes, nothing more than a training ground for adult life. This low view of children was based on the notion that children were weak-minded, unreliable, and in need of strict […]

Jesus Loves Children

Everywhere you look, there are children in the world. In total there are about 2 billion. That’s more children than ever before. They live on farms, in apartments, in the suburbs, on houseboats, and even in tree houses. They also live in slums, refugee camps, on the streets, and on garbage dumps. While some children […]