The recruitment of teachers and leaders for the ministry of Christian education in a church is a common topic among volunteer leaders, pastors and Christian education professionals. One can hardly find a Christian education conference where recruiting is not taught and debated. In fact, based on GCP’s research, recruiting is the primary, ongoing challenge that church leaders face.
The purpose of this article is to provide basic information to help address this important issue. Read the rest of this entry »
Planning and managing a growing children’s ministry can at times feel like herding cats. Just when you think you have a handle on it a new opportunity pops up or what you thought would be easy suddenly develops into a run away stray.
So what do you do when the cats are going in several directions at once and you want to cry out like those old commercials, “Calgon, take me away!”?
The first piece of advice I would give you is to have a clear vision for your children’s ministry that is lined up with your churches overall vision. Meet with your pastor and get a clear understanding of his vision for your congregation and form your vision with that in mind. Read the rest of this entry »
I remember once as a small child being sent by my aunt to get a tea kettle for her in another room. I had no idea what I was looking for, since we did not have a tea kettle in our home and I had never seen one. But, being too embarrassed in front of my cousins to admit that I did not know what a tea kettle was, I went ahead and fetched the first thing I saw in that room that I could not name.
I must have reasoned, “If I just come back with something she’ll be satisfied.” So I carried out the search, bringing back the first thing I reckoned might qualify. It was not a teakettle, needless to say, and I had to face the embarrassing fact that I had carried on like I knew what I was doing when in fact I did not. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m writing this from a desk piled high with “stuff.” So it might puzzle you that I’m discussing organization. But I know where I want to go and have a fairly good idea of what I want to do to get there. That is true personally and it’s true in ministry.
The first step is also the most fundamental ingredient: Have a vision
A vision might grow out of that which is thrust upon us. For example, we have adopted our grandson. That wasn’t part of any long-range plan but because of the circumstances it was obvious what we ought to do.
A vision might also be part of a dream that we want to see become a reality. Read the rest of this entry »
Early and consistent teaching in a child’s formative years has an enduring effect on the life of a child as the biblical principle of Proverbs 22:6 attests: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”
In Scripture, the Church is portrayed as a living spiritual house with Christ as the foundation and cornerstone, and each believer as a stone. We want children to understand that they are living stones in this particular house of God, and that each time they come to this place, they will be reminded that they are a part of the Body of Christ. It is our desire that they will put their trust in Christ at an early age and be equipped so that they, like us, are being built into a living temple where Christ reigns. We are the household of God, and children are very much a part of that household. Read the rest of this entry »