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The Priorities, People, and Practical Aspects of Children’s Ministry

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Anyone who has tried it, even for a day, knows that children’s ministry is challenging. Pastors Deepak Reju and Marty Machowski have been in the trenches and they want to help. Drawing on decades of family ministry experience, they have a passion to help children’s ministry directors, pastors, and volunteers remember the “why” of children’s ministry and gain a fresh vision for “how” to disciple...

Our Teenagers are Worth the Chase

teenagers are worth the chase

Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. — Psalm 23:6 MSG Soon after we’d become parents, my wife, Natalie, and I went to see a movie called Courageous on the recommendation of a friend. The opening scene had me holding my breath. The main character, Nathan, pulls up to a gas station driving a top-of- the-line, extended cab pickup truck. He fills up his tank and cranks the engine...

Passing Our Faith on to the Next Generation

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“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:1–2 The greatest battle we face as men is the battle for truth. Our enemy the devil is a deceiver and the father of lies. Jesus said, “He was a murderer from the beginning, and has...

Protecting Children from Abuse in the Church

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First of all, you start the grooming process from day one . . . the children that you’re interested in . . . You find a child you might be attracted to . . . For me, it might be nobody fat. It had to be a, you know, a nice-looking child . . . You maybe look at a kid that doesn’t have a father image at home, or a father that cares about them . . . if you’ve got a group of twenty-five kids, you...

Getting to the Heart of Lying

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When children tell lies or whine to get what they want, the problem isn’t just the words that they use or how they say it. Instead, when a child acts out verbally, it’s important to get to the heart of the matter. Rather than focusing on behavior modification, the new Teaching Children to Use Their Words Wisely series written by Ginger Hubbard and Al Roland places a strong emphasis on the why...

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