A Basic Theology of Children

While educators, psychologists, academics, and others have much to say about children, God’s Word should be foundational for understanding who children are and why we should care for them. Here’s a basic theology of children expressed as ten fundamental truths: Children are a gift from God. “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a […]

Do Church Structures Enable Children’s And Family Ministry To Grow?

Ground-breaking new multi-national research by an international team of academic researchers and ministry practitioners from Brazil, Canada, the UK, and the USA asks, “Do church structures enable children’s and family ministry to grow?” This is a critical question if you’re a teacher, parent, volunteer or pastor involved with children’s or family ministry. Why? Because if […]

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. […]

More Is Caught Than Taught

The adage “more is caught than taught” is certainly true concerning the way children learn to live for Jesus. Children mimic what they see and hear. Most children want to be like their mom or dad. Parents, how are you living? You’re either living according to the world’s ways or according to God’s ways (Romans […]

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 […]

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 […]