Archive for June, 2014


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 »


So, You Want to Have Sharp Kids! by Thomas E. Tyson

The Bible indicates that children are extremely important. Do you remember the time when Jesus overruled his disciples and insisted that the children be brought to him, saying, “The kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14)? With that statement, Jesus expressed a very important truth found throughout the Old Testament. The people of Israel were required to bring their little ones together so that the Word of God could be heard by the entire nation. Joshua convened an assembly in which even the little ones heard God’s Law (Josh. 8:35).

When we talk about children, we must begin by talking about the home, where they are influenced at the earliest stages of their development. We know that the first four years of life are extremely formative in a child’s life. A child who has difficult and contradictory experiences during those years will often be scarred for life. That is not to say, of course, that the grace of God cannot overcome those wounds. But it is to acknowledge their existence. Read the rest of this entry »


Why Teach Catechism? by Sue Jakes

A few years ago, my adult son sat in a worship service where the pastor preached a sermon on the second commandment. The preacher began by commenting that most people only know the beginning of the second commandment, “You shall not make for yourself any graven image.”

As he began to preach on the significance of the whole commandment, my son found himself repeating in his mind, “any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth…”

“Wow, Mom!” he said to me, “I could not believe that I still remembered the whole thing.”

He went on to tell me how much more the sermon meant to him because those words were imbedded in his mind and heart. I was glad that he learned the catechism!

In his book Rediscovering the Catechism, Donald Van Dyken says… Read the rest of this entry »