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How to Renew Children’s Ministry

The health of children’s ministry is generally poor or failing, and growth is stagnant or declining. So how is the health of children’s ministry restored and growth regenerated? Briefly stated (each point should be an article in itself), here’s how to renew children’s ministry: Reimagine Bible engagement. Connecting children intimately with God’s Word is essential […]

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If You Only Had One Day

What would you do if you only had one day in the year to do children’s ministry? What would you prioritize? Who would help? How would you do it? If you only had one day in the year to disciple a child, would you continue doing what you’re doing? Would you take your annual curriculum […]

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How to Nurture Children’s Faith

Children are God’s idea, and He created them first and foremost for spiritual purposes. It’s, therefore, imperative that parents know how to nurture children’s faith so they can fulfil God’s plans for their lives. But before we jump into the practicalities of nurturing children’s faith, we must recognize that neither the parents nor the church […]

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Interacting With Children

To spiritually thrive and not just survive, we must include all age groups in the church’s mission. That’s sometimes easier said than done. Different age groups perceive the world, process information, and develop faith differently. So how do young and old join together meaningfully? Here are five suggestions for interacting with children: 1. Embrace children. […]

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Children’s Ministry Quotes

Here’s a compilation of children’s ministry quotes from Children’s Ministry Basics. You’re welcome to freely use them to clarify, inspire, motivate or enlighten your writing or speaking. Or use them to stimulate your thinking, lend a fresh voice to a discussion, or support a point you want to make. Children’s Ministry Quotes – Children First […]

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Five Essentials For Thriving Children’s Ministry

Is your children’s ministry thriving, surviving, or declining? According to Deuteronomy 6:1-9, there are five essentials for thriving children’s ministry: 1. Children’s ministry thrives when it’s relational. Strong vertical and horizontal relationships are vital for a child’s faith formation. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with […]

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How the Church Can Support Parents

What is your church doing to help parents? Are you doing enough? Do you occasionally offer a marriage enrichment course? Could you do more? Pastors know how to prepare sermons but usually have little or no training in family ministry. Rhetoric alone doesn’t build healthy families. Parents need pastors to spend time with them. Families […]

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What Pastors Should Know About Parents

What pastors should know about parents. The 2022 Orange Report produced with Parent Cue reveals that more than fifty percent of Christian parents feel that their church could be more supportive of their parenting. About fifty percent of parents also say that pastors/clergy don’t understand the realities of their lives or value them as parents. […]

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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 present and prominent throughout the Bible, […]

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How to Partner With Parents

Partnering is a two-way street. So, I’m in two minds about the title – either “How to partner with parents” or “How to partner with pastors.” Both titles are equally valid concerning the content of this article, and both invite us to consider how pastors (church/congregation) and parents (legal guardians) can cooperate in children’s faith […]