Monthly Archives: August 2017

  1. Beyond Classroom Management: Training Hearts Toward the Savior, Part 2

    Children Desiring God Blog // Beyond Classroom Management - Part 2 Discipline is helping children to grow, not controlling behavior. It is a long process that needs to be mostly positive in nature, but firm and loving. So relationship building is incredibly important. Managing a classroom—keeping it under control, is something we can do the first time we ever walk into a group of children, and maintaining a well-run classroom achieves another goal—training our children in righteousness:

    • teaching them to walk in a manner worthy of being called Christians
    • having their behavior match their beliefs
    • exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit because their souls have been touched
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  2. Beyond Classroom Management: Training Hearts Toward the Savior, Part 1

    Children Desiring God Blog // Beyond Classroom Management - Part 1 Attentive, well-behaved children sound like a teacher’s dream. However, our goal is not simply well-behaved children, but children who joyfully submit to God. It starts with an understanding of authority structure God has put in place, which brings about calm order and joyful submission. Jesus is the best example of one living under submission (Philippians 2:5-8; Luke 22:42; John 4:34). Resentment toward authority structures is actually rebellion toward God’s hierarchy in creation.

    Freedom is not being able to do whatever you want; freedom is knowing and loving God and living joyfully under the authority structures that he has ordained. —Tedd Tripp from the Biblical Parenting Conference September 19-20, 2008

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  3. Hope and Help for Leading a Small Group

    Children Desiring God Blog // Hope and Help for Leading a Small Group In my opinion, being a small group leader entrusted with leading application after the Bible lesson is the most challenging role in the Sunday school classroom. So much depends on following the lead of the Holy Spirit as you try to discern the thoughts and attitudes of the students and then encourage their responses God-ward and heart-ward. And what a challenge that can be…with a group of seven wiggly first graders or a group of seven sports-obsessed fifth-grade boys! So maybe this year you have found yourself in this new role and are not sure what to do. Maybe you even feel frustrated and are ready to simply let the students have their way and be squirrel-y or talk sports. Don’t give up! There is hope and help.

    Here is the hope: While it is challenging, being a small group leader can also be one of the most rewarding roles in the classroom.

    Here is the help: You can grow in your ability to effectively lead a small group.

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  4. Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers

    Children Desiring God Blog // Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers One of the most difficult jobs in children's and youth ministry is recruiting a full staff of volunteers who are not only joyfully motivated, but also adequately trained and equipped. Along with that is the challenge of retaining these volunteers from year-to-year, if at all possible, so that there is a stable, spiritually mature core in your ministry team. How does a ministry leader do this?  ... More

  5. Why Students Workbooks?

    Children Desiring God Blog // Why Student Workbooks

    Student Workbooks are one of the most important tools for you to have in your classroom to teach and train the children in your church or school!

    Children Desiring God encourages teachers to center their class on two main elements—teaching and application. To aid teachers and small group leaders with the application time, we have developed students workbooks to accompany each curriculum. Our purpose for workbooks is two-fold:

    1. Workbooks help students synthesize the information they learn during the lesson and cement that knowledge in their minds.
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