And Joshua said to them, “Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel, that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.” (Joshua 4:5-7 ESV)
Yes, it's almost the end of another school year, but that big "R" word often looms in the minds of children and youth ministry leaders. Recruitment. How will you go about recruiting joyful, Christ-exalting, servant-hearted, well-trained volunteers to fully staff your classrooms for the next school year? One answer is to consider how you might encourage your current volunteers to return in their current roles. In his seminar “Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers,” Pastor Gil McConnell suggests ways to do this by emphasizing the benefits of a long-term "investment" mindset within the same ministry team:
I find these words from Tedd and Margy Tripp to be very helpful in thinking about intentionality in our teaching. Or, another way to say it is that they are challenging us as teachers and parents to have a definite "vision-oriented" approach to instruction.
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I have a cupboard overflowing with mugs. And although it might make sense to get rid of a few in order to make more room for other things, I don't have the heart to do that. You see, these aren't just "any" mugs. Each was a special gift representing another year of ministering to the children and youth of our church. These words are clearly printed on the back of each mug...
Spreading a passion
for the supremacy of
God in all things for
the joy of the next
Here is a simple and creative devotional from Sally Michael that can help your family (or classroom) better recognize our need to "stop and pray."
In a recent Desiring God blog post titled, “The Legacy I Want to Leave,” John Piper shares the following sentiments:
When I think of the coming generations, I am not content to only leave them a deposit of books and sermons that celebrate the glories of God and the wonders of Christian Hedonism. A great teacher once told me to ignore the conclusions of commentaries, and only look for their arguments. I have tried to give good arguments.
As summer quickly approaches, your church may be looking for resources to use in child outreach and evangelism, whether it be through a Backyard Bible Club or Vacation Bible School setting. Children Desiring God has 4 titles to offer, each focusing on a different theme, while presenting the Gospel clearly and accurately to children in K-6th grade.
Here are some things to know about our BYBC/VBS materials as you consider your needs:
Corn chips next to my bedstand. Almonds in-between calls at work, and egg sandwiches for breakfast. I’m just 4 weeks pregnant, but it seems like my body has already determined what it wants to eat at any given time during the day! This is all a brand-new experience for me as a first-time mom. Some people have asked me how I feel knowing that there is a new life being knit together inside of me. I can think of one word in particular: peace.
My daughter Sarah wrote this on Valentine's Day for her children, but I think that it's even more appropriate for Mother's Day.
“I love you more than words” may seem like a copout phrase for skipping conversation, but for this mommy, it’s quite literally true.
You see, I love words. I love to read them, and I love to write them. It wasn’t love at first grade, but after the discovery of Nancy Drew and the advent of spell check, I was hooked. I decided to be an English major in sixth grade, and made good on my decision at college. The form and purpose of my pursuit changed from time to time—morphing from dreams of writing the great American novel to a passion for field journalism on the persecuted church to the aspiration to follow in my mother’s footsteps in crafting Sunday school curriculum—but the means of all these dreams stayed the same: written language. I could perform with academic excellence in a number of subjects, but writing was where I really lived. And then, I had children.