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EPISODE 014: CHILDREN’S PASTOR’S TESTIMONY

In the first three episodes of this podcast, I told the story of how I got started in children’s ministry. I began at age 15 as a church volunteer leading Junior Church for kids in elementary school. Then at age 19, I served part-time as the Youth Director at two small churches simultaneously. When I was 22 years old, I ventured into full-time ministry with Children’s Ministries International, where I have served since 1980. In this episode of the CHILDREN’S MINISTRY SEMINAR podcast, I want to share my Christian testimony with you. This is the story of how I came

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EPISODE 013: TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT JESUS

As children’s ministry leaders, our primary focus should always be to teach boys and girls about the true Jesus from the “Word of Truth,” the Bible. Clear Bible teaching is what children need to hear every time they come to church, and this must become your number one priority if it isn’t already. I cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of teaching kids about Jesus from God’s Word. Almost every religion on earth claims some manner of belief in Jesus. But when those claims are held to the light of Scripture, it becomes very clear that they are teaching about

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EPISODE 012: WHY TEACHING CHILDREN CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE IS ESSENTIAL

Christian Doctrine is essential for you to know and teach to the boys and girls in your children’s ministry. Unfortunately, the word “doctrine” is often viewed negatively in the church and misunderstood by many Christians. The word doctrine, translated from Greek, means teaching that comes from an authoritative source. So when I speak of Christian Doctrine, I am referring to the teaching and instruction in the Bible, which comes from God, who has all Authority and is the Source of Truth (John 17:17). There are many doctrines, but Christian Doctrine only comes to us from the Bible, not from people

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EPISODE 011: TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS

In 1 Corinthians 15: 3b-8 (ESV), it says, “…Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.” The bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest event in history, and it is essential to the Christian faith.

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EPISODE 010: TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT SIN

The Bible says in Romans 6:23 (ESV), “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Sin is an unhappy subject to teach to children, but it is necessary for us to do so because boys and girls must understand the seriousness of sin and why Jesus died on the cross to save sinners. Our worldly culture does not want anything defined as sin. Instead, the culture sees everything as a lifestyle choice or a personal preference, and they have declared war on sin and the guilt associated

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EPISODE 009: GLOBAL 4/14 DAY

I want to invite you to be a part of an upcoming event. The event is Global 4/14 Day, and it takes place on April 14 every year. Global 4/14 Day is an international day of prayer for boys and girls, sponsored by Children’s Ministries International, Inc., which is the same ministry that produces this podcast. The 4/14 in Global 4/14 Day simply identifies the month (4) and day (14) of this event. Whether you pray by yourself on April 14 or with a group from your church, pray for the children in your congregation by name and for your

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EPISODE 008: TEACHING CHILDREN TO FEAR GOD

The most important thing we can teach children is to fear God. And when they learn this important truth, wisdom and knowledge will follow. (Proverbs 1:7, 9:10) You may be thinking, “I don’t want children to be fearful of God.”  Yes, you do! Let me explain. The Bible teaches us to fear the Lord in two ways. The first is REVERENT FEAR. This type of fear means that we reverence, respect, honor, and worship God because He is Holy (Psalm 99:1-5). In other words, we are to be in awe of His greatness and glory! When children learn to reverently

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EPISODE 007: DISNEY WAY UNDERMINES AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE

In Evangelicalism, there is a movement in children’s ministry that promotes the wisdom and business practices of entertainment mogul Walt Disney (1901-1966). These influencers encourage children’s pastors and children’s ministry leaders to use Disney’s ideas to build the children’s ministry in their congregations. This methodology is known as the“Disney Way.” As with every innovative approach to ministry, this one must also be examined in the light of Scripture. First, the Disney Way of children’s ministry robs God of His glory. The Bible says all glory belongs to God (I Peter 4:11), and He doesn’t share His glory with anyone (Isaiah 42:8, 48:11;

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EPISODE 006: TEACHING CHILDREN THE TRUTH

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV), we read, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” The most loving thing we can do for children is to teach them the Truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). To do that, Christian parents and children’s ministry leaders must know the Truth for themselves (John 17:17), speak the Truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), and faithfully live out the Truth every day (1 John 5:1-5). In other words, our wisdom, words, and

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EPISODE 005: THE BIBLE IS GOD’S WORD

Sometimes in children’s ministry, we assume kids know things that they really don’t know. So when it comes to the Bible, start at the beginning and be clear. When you stand before children with an open Bible in your hands, you are holding the divinely inspired Word of God and communicating what He has said. Teaching kids God’s Word is such an awesome responsibility, and why it is crucial that you only say what the Bible says and not add anything or remove anything from the Scripture. Instead, let God speak for Himself through His written Word. In 1 Thessalonians

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