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The Christmas hymn, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” concludes with these words, “O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.” Our job as children’s ministry leaders is to help kids focus on the Biblical Jesus (Hebrews 12:2), not on Santa Claus. That seems obvious, but sadly, it is not. Santa Claus is nothing more than a fairy tale; he intrudes into our lives, and into some churches, too. Every Christmas, Santa dominates the scene wherever he goes. Many younger children have never been told by their parents that Santa is make-believe, so they think he is real. To them,
In Ephesians 1:13 (ESV), we read, “In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” When you teach the boys and girls in your children’s ministry about the Holy Spirit, it is vital that you teach them from the Scripture alone. This is not the time or place for you to share your own stories or personal experiences. The Triune God has said everything He wants us to know about the Holy Spirit in the Bible. We must faithfully teach children what the Bible says
The word “Trinity” does not appear anywhere in the Bible, but a careful study of Scripture reveals that God is one Deity, who eternally exists in three persons. With our human minds, we do not fully know or understand how this can be, but we believe in the Doctrine of the Trinity because that is what the Scripture tells us about God. Remember, the Bible is where we go for Truth (John 17:17), and the Scripture reveals everything God wants us to know about Himself. The Trinity, also known as The Triune God, is the one true and living God
In John 3:16 (ESV) we read, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” There is a lot of confusion in the church today about what the gospel is and is not. As a result, there is a global crisis within children’s ministry concerning our understanding of the gospel. As we begin, let me clearly state what the gospel is not. The gospel is not a Christian’s testimony. The Gospel is not reaching out to feed the hungry or help the poor. These are
I want to encourage you to stop designing your children’s ministry around what the kids want and instead give them what they need! As a children’s ministry leader, your responsibilities include teaching the boys and girls in your church how to worship God in spirit and truth. That is what God wants, and He seeks individuals who will worship Him in the way He chooses to be worshipped. In John 4:22-24 (ESV), Jesus says to the Samaritan woman at the well, “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming,
In 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 (NASB), we read, … “but examine everything; hold firmly to that which is good, abstain from every form of evil.” As children’s ministry leaders, it is our job to teach boys and girls how to be discerning. Discernment is simply the ability to determine truth from error and holy behavior from unholy (Hebrews 5:14; Ephesians 5:8-17; 1 John 4:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22). Truth is important for kids to know because: Truth allows them to be wise, knowing good from evil and right from wrong (Romans 16:19). Truth helps them understand reality and what really matters in life (2
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
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
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
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.