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, […]

Flipping the Switch on Discipleship

Two out of three children from Christian families leave the church when they become adults. Why is this happening? Are we deficient in what we’re doing to help children grow in faith? Should we be flipping the switch on discipleship? Discipleship in the church. Discipleship for children, in most churches, is structured around academic models. […]

An Open Letter to Pastors About Children’s Ministry

AN OPEN LETTER TO PASTORS ABOUT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Dear Pastor, Ministry to children is essential. Here are five compelling reasons why you ought to prioritize children’s ministry in the local church: 1. Children are one of the largest unreached people groups in the world. Children aren’t an obscure people group. Globally, 25.5% of the world’s […]

Children’s Ministry Threatened!

Children’s ministry threatened! Veteran researcher and author George Barna recently revealed (May 2022) that only 12% of children’s pastors and youth pastors, and a paltry 4% of Christian parents of preteens have a biblical worldview.* These are American findings, yet the statistics probably apply to all developed nations. While there’s no similar research in Canada, […]

What’s Truly Important in Children’s Ministry?

One of the key reasons children’s ministry is held back is that the good things we do aren’t always the best things we should do. So what’s truly important in children’s ministry? Here are my top three priorities: 1. Empower children to love Christ. British evangelist T. Austin-Sparks said, “When Christ really captivates us, everything […]

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 […]

Do Christian Parents Indoctrinate Their Children?

Do Christian parents indoctrinate their children? In his book The God Delusion, atheist Richard Dawkins claims it’s child abuse to indoctrinate children into religion. In a typically inflammatory style, he also said that teaching children to accept religious beliefs is a more devastating and crippling form of child abuse than sexual abuse. Is he right? […]

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 […]

Reimagining Children’s Faith Formation

Evaluating the why, what, where, when, who and how of children’s faith formation isn’t optional; it’s essential. The spiritual well-being of this generation of children is at stake. With declining numbers of children embracing Christ (in the Western World), it’s incumbent on us to thoroughly examine and critically analyze the state of children’s ministry. Healthy […]