Kids sometimes wonder, “Where does this path lead?“ They are looking for clear direction and honest answers. Many parents feel inadequate, so they leave academic and social training to the school and spiritual training to the church—or to chance. As a result, many children “grow up too fast,” having to navigate life’s choices without leadership or direction. They wander aimlessly—and often choose precipitous courses.
King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. He said to “guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, reminds us that the heart is shaped by what you think about all day long.
Kids protest, “Why are you punishing me?“ Children can see only that correction results in a rebuke, spanking, or loss of privileges. They cannot yet appreciate the long-term value of learning an important lesson that molds, strengthens, and perfects their character.
You love God. You love kids. You’re devoted to helping children grow in Christ-likeness. But are there ways you can become even more effective? Here are ten teaching tips that can help you become more efficient and effective.
In this article, Marla Campbell from the Cook School of Intercultural Studies of Biola University looks at the impact of Sabbath and rest on ministers and parents—urging ministers to model this vital spiritual intimacy with God.
This Bible study of John the Baptist is based on Matthew 3. It may be reprinted for home of classroom use. Have the children use whatever Bible version you prefer. I have taken the questions from the NIV version. Basically, they should read Matthew 3, complete the Bible study questions and then play the game. Click on the image below for the free printable.
' I reached the place ... where I began to feel I was part of a broken system that was causing damage to those very children I was there to serve.'
Jessica Gerald's insight:
This is not a children's ministry article, but I feel that it is important. As a former public school elementary school teacher, I saw this disturbing trend developing. I have been retired now for six years, but I still follow teacher blogs and I see how this emphasis on test scores in increasing.