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 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 beliefs […]

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 authentic faith-filled journeys 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 following […]

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

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 […]

Purpose of Children’s Ministry

Children’s ministry exists for children to be exclusively devoted to Jesus and fully committed citizens in His kingdom. When I typed the above purpose statement, I did so with hesitation. With hesitation, because many children’s ministry purpose statements emphasize evangelism, discipleship, and/or spiritual formation, yet don’t stress the importance of children truly loving Jesus to […]

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. […]