Archive for the ‘Parents’ Category


What is a Parents’ Role in Spiritual Nurture? by Elanie Bonner

GCPOut of many passages that refer to the spiritual nurturing of our children, the following two scriptures always particularly come to my mind:

Deuteronomy 4:9, “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” Read the rest of this entry »


What About Parents? by Robert Edmiston

GCPWe pick up so much at home – everything from little mannerisms to a way of life. This stays with us, often passed on from generation to generation for both good and evil.

Yet schools and the church have often acted as though the home is irrelevant – not so much in theory as practice. Because there is so little instruction with the home, it takes time for a teacher to talk with a parent about a child, each attempting to learn from the other how to more effectively minister.  Even a small thing like asking a caregiver to help a child memorize a verse for a class can seem like an imposition. Yet it can create a bond that will benefit the child – perhaps into eternity. Read the rest of this entry »


Ten Commandments for Guiding a Youth Bible Study

I. Thou shalt teach with enthusiasm and expectation

If you like Bible study, your students will tend to like it also. If you present a learning activity with interest and expectation, youth will participate. Expect great insight based on Bible truths. Your students will sense your expectation and fulfill it.

II. Thou shalt involve every youth in Bible study

The one who does the talking, searching, and thinking is the one who learns. Choose a few methods each week that involve every youth in meaningful, Bible searching, interpreting and living. Guide them to discover God’s truths for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »


It Takes a Covenant Community by Donna Dobbs

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 »


Learning Styles

For more than 35 years, Great Commission Publications has served the church and provided support for children’s ministry leaders.

Children’s ministry is centered on discipling the next generation—preparing them as lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.

Equipping teachers and educating adults are goals that GCP helps you meet as you establish a well-rounded Christian education. We want teachers to excel in the classroom as they instruct children. A helpful way to begin a quest for excellence is by understanding the 4 different learning styles that will be present in your classroom. Read the rest of this entry »