Monthly Archives: January 2019

  1. What’s Absolutely Astonishing in Your Classroom?

    What’s Absolutely Astonishing in Your Classroom?

    Children’s and youth ministry can be characterized by many different kinds of activities and programs. It’s often tempting to focus much of our weekly planning on things like being sufficiently staffed, offering fun activities, and providing child-friendly worship music, a Bible lesson, and a snack. All of these things are good—in right measure. ... More

  2. 10 Tips for Answering Hard Questions in the Classroom

    10 Tips for Answering Hard Questions in the Classroom

    One of the great joys of teaching or leading a small group is when children ask amazing questions. Many prove easy to answer, but some are very difficult. ... More

  3. Helping Children to Interact Redemptively with the Culture

    Helping Children to Interact Redemptively with the Culture

    Our children and youth are going to interact and engage in the world in which they livea world increasingly hostile to anything remotely “Christian.” So, the question becomes: How will they interact?  ... More

  4. Using Fighter Verses to Instruct Children

    Using Fighter Verses to Instruct Children

    Fighter Verses™ are a wonderful means to share the Word of God with our children. Breakfast or supper, riding in the car, or any time the family is together is a good time for instructional conversation about the Fighter Verses. ... More

  5. Be Encouraged: God’s Eye Is Upon His Own Work

    Be Encouraged: God’s Eye Is Upon His Own Work

    One of the most discouraging things for a teacher or small group leader during a lesson is the perception that your students are not personally engaged with what is being taught. Here you are, teaching the most important truths in the universe with heartfelt passion, and some children seem completely disinterested, entirely inattentive, and utterly bored. Furthermore, your creative efforts to gain their attention and involve them in the lesson fail. At times like this, it’s tempting to ask: “Are they even listening? Is any of this truth reaching their minds and sinking into their hearts?” What’s a teacher or small group leader to do? ... More

  6. Prioritize Family Discipleship in the Year Ahead

    Prioritize Family Discipleship in the Year Ahead

    Dads, as 2019 is kicking off, how’s your schedule looking? As various work commitments, travel plans, and children’s activities fill up slots, have you been able to protect time for what’s most important? ... More

  7. How to Launch and Sustain a Church-Wide Bible Memory Program

    How to Launch and Sustain a Church-Wide Bible Memory Program

    The start of a new year is a popular time to commit afresh to Bible reading and Scripture memory. We believe that our Fighter Verse™ program is a wonderful tool for encouraging and sustaining Bible personal Bible memory. But did you know it was originally designed to also be used in the context of a larger church community? Pursuing a shared goal has one big benefit: stronger biblical community. ... More

  8. Midyear Refreshment for Ministry Volunteers

    Midyear Refreshment for Ministry Volunteers

    In the month of January, the days are short and the nights are long and cold (for some of us). The busy holiday season is over, and many of us feel tired and worn down. Sometimes this attitude carries over into the classroom. The eagerness and energy of the school year’s beginning has diminished. What’s a teacher to do to fight against the midyear doldrums? ... More

  9. The Prayers of this Generation Matter to the Next

    The Prayers of this Generation Matter to the Next

    Over the years of our ministry, my wife Sally and I have taught various classes and seminars that offer vision and practical strategies for Christian parents who are committed to faithfully raising their children in the “instruction of the Lord.” ... More

  10. A New Year Prayer to Our Everlasting God

    A New Year Prayer to Our Everlasting God

    Everlasting Father, We come to You as our everlasting Lord and Savior and King who rules an everlasting kingdom that shall never be destroyed, with an everlasting dominion that shall never pass away. 2018 has quickly passed away, but You are from everlasting to everlasting. The grass has grown and withered, the flower has bloomed and fallen, but You are the everlasting rock that remains forever. ... More