Over the last week, and in the coming week, I’ll see hundreds of “first-day-of-school” pictures. That’s awesome. I’ve been working with many of your kids for years, and it’s been exciting watching them grow along with you, not just emotionally, physically, and mentally, but spiritually. And that’s the most important aspect when they head back to school. You see, we don’t want them to have a “Sunday Gospel.” That’s a really convenient thing to have. That’s easy. That’s the idea that you can learn whatever you want on Sunday, and live however you want from Monday through Saturday. No. We want them to see a life-changing Gospel. The kind that pushes them to live more like Christ every day of the week. And that’s what makes back to school important. Here are three specific ways that we work with your kids every week to make sure they’re ready to live their lives for Christ seven days a week, and how you can build on that message. Continue reading
Last week, I talked some about some very common, but preventable parenting problems. This week, I’d like to follow up with a couple more. Again, keep in mind that these don’t come from parenting experience. These come from an outside-in look from kids’ ministry leaders that see how these things can affect your kids. Continue reading
One of the most important things that we teach student leaders, kids’ leaders, and anyone that is involved at all with any younger generations is that they need to invest. Investing is a term that imparts the idea of giving something with the expectation of being able to use that investment in the future. So how do we get and use that investment? Continue reading
A while back, I had the privilege of working with some kids on the story of Joseph and his brothers. Our application was that if Joseph can forgive, we can as well. After all, Joseph’s brothers seriously contemplated killing him, and only one managed to talk the others out of it. So, they settled on the “kinder” route of selling him into slavery. Fantastic. I’m sure Joseph really felt that was a better idea. Anyway, long story short, God uses Joseph to save Israel and he forgives his brothers. But, knowing these kids like I do, I wanted to go a little deeper. 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
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