Living Like Jesus

As a Christian parent, teacher or children’s ministry worker, you probably spend countless hours thinking and dreaming about the spiritual wellbeing of the children in your care. One of the questions that’s probably on your mind is, “Am I focusing my efforts on the right thing?” What are you focusing your efforts on? You can’t […]

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 […]

Twelve Months

What would it be like, together with our children, to live every month, for the next twelve months, like Jesus? Would we have to change what we think, say, or do? Twelve months … is it possible to live like Jesus? Paul believed that wherever he was in whatever circumstances and with whatsoever he had, […]

God’s Indescribable Gift

As children begin to make their way in the world, they encounter the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sadly, some children face more trials and tragedies than others. Millions of children are victims of violence, exploitation, and abuse. More than a third of the world’s children live in grinding poverty. But the greatest catastrophe […]

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 […]

Welcome!

Welcome to Children’s Ministry Basics! For +150 years Scripture Union has participated, by faith, in what Jesus is doing among children in the world at large. As we’ve joined in with what Jesus is doing among children, we’ve learned some things along the way. We believe that what we’ve learned should be freely shared.  Children’s […]