In Matthew 19:14, Jesus clearly says not to stop kids from coming to Him. If I asked you if you’ve been guilty of stopping kids from reaching Christ, my guess is you’d say no. But if we really look at it, are we guilty of stopping kids from coming to Christ? In reality, we probably all are to some degree or another. Let’s look at some of the ways we stop kids in their spiritual development. Continue reading
Sometimes, I get some interesting questions from kids. They tend to sound completely off-the-wall. They sound like something we all should know. However, adults sometimes behave in such a way that it seems like they’re asking that question too.
One night’s question was a big one asked by my 2nd and 3rd graders. “Is the Bible really true? All of it? All of it can’t be true.”
So, obviously we want to immediately say that we believe that the whole Bible is true. But what happens when we act like we don’t? Continue reading
To some of you reading this, it will sound odd that I have been asked before if it is difficult to be a children’s pastor while not being a parent (although the whole “not being a parent” thing should end in the next week or two…or three). Some of you think it’s a perfectly normal question. However, it is a bit like asking an apple farmer if it is difficult to farm apples while not being an orange farmer. That’s because the roles are so completely different. Sometimes, kids fail to grow in Christ because these roles are so blurry. Continue reading
I read a lot of books. I read a lot of them in 2014. They weren’t necessarily published in 2014, I just finally got around to them. If I had to pick five of them that were absolute must-reads, these would be the ones. Continue reading
At FBC, we have a core value for creating strong families that states:
“We value strong Christian families by equipping husbands and wives to love and respect each other, parents to nurture their children, children to respect and obey their parents, and where the single, divorced, and widowed find love and joy in the family of Christ.”
So how do we go about creating strong families? Obviously, there are far too many to list, but I’m going to pick on a few that I think are exceptionally important. Continue reading
Some of the best people I have ever met work with kids. The people that work with kids at church are some of our biggest unsung heroes, so I just want to take a few minutes to thank them.
Thanks, men. In a time when Kids’ Ministry is seen as something that only women do, you provide a positive male role model for our kids that may not have one.
Thanks, women. In the time we spend trying to recruit men, sometimes we leave out the fact that we have many great female role models for the kids to look up to as well.
Thanks, moms , dads, grandparents, aunts, and uncles. The last thing you want to do on a Sunday morning or a Wednesday night is wipe another nose, change another diaper, or explain to one more kid why they’ll break their arm if they don’t keep all four of their chair legs on the floor. But you come anyway. Continue reading
Creating an authentic relationship with a child can be extremely difficult. Relationships are built on common ground, and common ground is fairly difficult to find with a 2nd grader. However, in the church, those lifelong authentic relationships have to be built across generations. Continue reading
When I asked around about parents talking to their kids about Christ, I realized quickly that this was something that most parents wanted to do. But, I also found:
- They didn’t know where to start.
- They didn’t feel like they had time to do it.
- They thought they had to talk about pretty much everything in one sitting.
So, based on the things I heard, I wanted to talk about how to talk about God to your kids. I use these in children’s ministry every single week, and I see these same tactics work week in and week out. Try them out at home! Remember that this is incredibly important. Of the 168 hours in a week, they’ll spend about 3 with us (if we’re lucky) and you’ll get them around for a little over 60 when you remove things like school and sleep. This makes your job incredibly important, since Continue reading