Developing a New Plan for Children’s Ministry

The Multi-national Children’s Ministry Report (2021) has identified that “there needs to be clearer communication, greater clarity and a stronger sense of purpose amongst all who are involved in children’s faith formation to best serve children in the seasons ahead.” Stated succinctly – it’s time for parents, pastors, teachers and others to develop a new […]

Do We Need A New Plan For Children’s Ministry?

An international team of academic researchers and ministry practitioners from Brazil, Canada, the UK, and the USA are asking, “Do we need a new plan for children’s ministry?” If you’re a church leader, school teacher or Christian parent, that’s a stop you in your tracks kind of question. What have the researchers discovered to make […]

Everything We Do Must Point To Jesus

Everything we do must point to Jesus –everything! The word “point” means to direct attention, give force or emphasis. It’s the most critical essential in a discussion or matter, and it’s the object to be achieved. Are you a Christian parent, children’s ministry worker or teacher in a Christian school? Everything you say or do […]

Creating Space For Jesus

We’re not creating space for Jesus! Accustomed as we are to the clatter of the incongruous and inappropriate things of the world, we sometimes miss the obvious – that Jesus should inhabit and inform every facet of children’s ministry. God became Man for a purpose. Children’s ministry exists for nothing other than to draw children […]

A Jesus Generation

What would it take to raise a generation of children who enthusiastically centre their identity, activity, and witness totally in Jesus? In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a Jesus movement began on the West Coast of the United States that spread to Europe and Central America before its decline in the late 1980s. Is […]

Family Faith Formation

Families, not churches, must take the lead in the faith formation of children. Our theology is discombobulated and needs to be reoriented. Primary responsibility for children’s spiritual health and growth rests with parents – not teachers, pastors, counsellors, kids min volunteers, or spiritual directors. Theological confusion concerning who is responsible for children’s faith development began […]

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Canadian Children’s Ministry Report 2021

What’s been happening with children’s ministry in Canada during COVID-19? To answer this question, Scripture Union created a survey to take the pulse of children’s ministry in the second quarter of 2021 and released the findings in the Canadian Children’s Ministry Report (CCMR) earlier this month. Technically and empirically, it was a comprehensive survey. The […]

How COVID-19 is Shifting Children’s Ministry

Is COVID-19 shifting children’s ministry? The origin of the phrase “Every cloud has a silver lining” seems to be John Milton’s poem “Comus.” It means we can find something positive in even the worst events or situations. So is COVID-19 shifting children’s ministry in positive ways? I believe it is. Learning and innovating. To begin, […]

Praying for Children’s Ministry

Children’s ministry has faced significant challenges during COVID-19. Even though there’ve been ministry successes and joys in these unusual times, setbacks and sorrows have predominated. How are we feeling? We’re languishing (in the abyss between depression and flourishing). It’s time to say, “Lord we need You!” While we should always pray, the hour for prayer […]

Two Minute Training

For Christians, the Great Priority is to pass the stories along to our children about God’s fame, power, and the marvellous things He’s done. God should not be hidden from our children. We must teach them about Him so the next generation, and all the generations to come, will know and love Him (Psalm 78:1-8). […]