Discipleship

How Pins Could Change Your Youth Ministry, An After 9 Interview Brandon Holloway — Youth Ministry Booster – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Pin it to Win it! Our friend and all-star youth minister Brandon Holloway has a bold new strategy for youth ministry discipleship! Listen and learn!  Earn Your After 9 Pin Subscribe, rate, and review the Youth Ministry Booster Podcast on iTunes or Google Play and then DM @after9ministry on Twitter, email Zac@youthministrybooster.com, or message us on Facebook and we will send you your very own After 9 pin! It’s a win-win!  Tagged: pin, pin trading, discipleship

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From How to Who: Unscrambling the Parent Discipleship Paradox – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

One of the greatest ways we can help the kids in our ministries is by helping their parents be better disciplers. But perhaps we usually do that the wrong way: by focusing on tools and techniques rather than on the parents’ own relationship with Christ. In this blog post we use Deut. 6:4-9 as the template showing our greater need to focus on “who” than “how.” I’m convinced that most of our parents know that they are the primary disciplers…

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How to Build an Effective Children’s Ministry – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter which way you go.’” Where do you want to go? Visionary leaders see the big pictureOne of the most powerful keys to impact your children’s ministry is to “Begin with the end in mind.”…

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For What Should You Be Grateful? Here’s the Bible’s List. – Christian Article

Content manager for Bible Gateway “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 In the Bible, thanksgiving to God—both for his work and for his person—is a major theme. The apostle Paul tells us we should prioritize expressing our gratitude as an act of Christian discipleship. [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, 23 Bible Verses About Thanksgiving and Gratitude] To help us focus our… This is…

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7 Reasons to Be a Disciple-Making Church – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

by Rick Howerton 1 Churches across the globe have begun to realize the importance of the biblical mandate to make disciples (Matt. 28:19–20) and are imagining the transformation of the lives and culture where their church exists. Church leaders are dreaming of a congregation and community saturated with mature followers of Christ willing to do whatever it takes to further God’s Kingdom. Some have asked, “Why would I want to lead my church to become a disciple-making church when the people…

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The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers: An Interview with Amy Hollingsworth – Christian Article

American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister Fred Rogers died in 2003 but his influence seems to be growing stronger each year. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner, and host of the preschool PBS television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968–2001), known for its slow pace and calm manner. What is the spiritual legacy Mr. Rogers left for all of us? Bible Gateway interviewed Amy Hollingsworth (@AmyHollingswrth), author of The Simple Faith of…

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How To Teach Students To Study The Bible – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Share By Doug Franklin November 12, 2019 It’s not that students don’t want to study the Bible, they just don’t know how to study the Bible. Over the last 30 years of doing youth ministry, I have seen students get excited about studying the Bible. But they open up God’s word, read a passage, and quickly realize they don’t understand what it means. This is frustrating and they soon stop reading the Bible.  We can become so focused on having…

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Trusting God Through Life’s Messes: An Interview with Luke Lezon – Christian Article

Life has a way of becoming a tangled mess. All it takes is alarming health issues, job-related stress, parenting uncertainties, an emotional breakdown, and more. What if the mess of your life is where God is about to do his best work? Bible Gateway interviewed Luke Lezon (@lukelezon) about his book, Your Mess Matters: Trusting the God Who Creates from Dust and Redeems by Blood (Zondervan, 2019). Explain the debilitating illness you experienced and how you use it to illustrate…

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Prayer Blessing for Teachers | DiscipleBlog.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Prayer Blessing For Teachers As the new school year begins, it is our hope and prayer that God fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We pray that your classroom is a haven of love and peace where children, coworkers, and parents discover His grace and truth. Lord, thank You for every new teacher as they begin this new school year. Thank You for their ministry to Your children. Sustain them in health:…

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Why Risen is Still One of My Most Favorite Movies – Christian Article

This past weekend, I once again indulged in one of my well accustomed traditions, of watching Risen. This movie never ceases to encourage my faith and encourage me in my walk with God. Without giving away too much, the movie is about a Roman Soldier, Clavius (played by the very talented Joseph Fiennes) looking for the dead body of Jesus. Yet he ends up finding the resurrected Jesus instead. Related Post: The Only Perfect Image To Believe Is Jesus! He cannot fathom…

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Mercy and Grace: What Kids Need to Know – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Children love fairness—but the Lord’s grace and mercy are certainly not based on “fairness.” As you help your children grasp God’s mercy and live out God’s grace, their lives will never be the same. How Kids Think Kids sometimes wonder, “Do I deserve this?” They feel wronged after receiving “unjust” or “unfair” treatment. On the other hand, children have trouble processing special favor that is clearly not deserved. God’s Wisdom When a child learns to appreciate both God’s mercy and…

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6 Keys to Disciple Children, According to Jesus – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“What is our plan for making disciples?” “Does our plan work?” Examine your disciple-making strategy and practices. Jesus trained His twelve disciples to transform the world. He became a “life-coach” who directly discipled others. The six sections below summarize an effective method to introduce Jesus’ disciple-making strategy to kids. Within weeks of practicing these steps, you’ll begin telling others, “This is my most significant ministry!” 1. Purpose • Jesus: The Lord’s eyes never wavered from His objective—to transform the world by…

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Interview with Jana Magruder and “Nothing Less” – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

        Hey Friends— I recently enjoyed hearing Jana Magruder, Director of LifeWay Kids Ministry, speak about her newest book, “Nothing Less.” LifeWay Research has gone to great lengths to survey and research spiritual health in young adults. We see so many of our kids pass through our ministry, and also through student ministry, then off to college, but then they are not returning to church. I think you will find this internet conference very interesting. I know…

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Christian Discipleship: Responding to the Word – Christian Article

By John R. W. Stott The concept of divine revelation, and of our need to submit to it, is both eminently reasonable and practically wholesome. It is reason­able because it acknowledges that the infinite God is altogether beyond his finite creatures, and that we could never have known him if he had not taken the initiative to make himself known. It is also wholesome because submission to God’s self-revelation in Christ and in the full biblical witness to Christ, far…

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7 Things to Show Parents You Care – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Veteran Children’s Pastor Barney Kinard provides seven practical keys that will help you improve your serve. Please share with your team.__ We all talk about partnering with parents, but what does that look like for the teacher? How is it that teachers can partner with the parents of the children in their class? It is quite easy to concentrate on the lesson preparation and class management each week while ignoring any meaningful involvement with the parents. Here are seven things…

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No Help To Anyone – ProjectYM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Mass is always a struggle for us. It’s just the phase of life we are in right now. With four little ones ages 6 and under who have been over-exposed to screens and live in an instant gratification world, asking them to participate in Mass for one hour each week seems an insurmountable task. We have tried everything – something to draw on, quiet toys to play with, Mass books to follow along – but to no avail. Nonetheless, we…

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Responding to Nudges From the Spirit – Youth Ministry Christian Article

You know that feeling when your workday is complete? It’s time to relax, hang with friends, or just grab some “me” time. My day was over, and I wanted to go home and unwind. The Spirit had other plans for me… But as I drove home, I felt a burden to go visit Amy, a teenager in our ministry who was living in a crisis-pregnancy care center. Beth, the director, encouraged the girls to attend a local church, and several…

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Following Jesus Will Cost More Than You Think But It’s Worth It – Christian Article

I was 18 and at a young life summer staff camp when I first thought about the cost of following Jesus. I was a leader at this three-week camp. During this time, I was confronted with some hard questions while living among other Christians. It was the first time I realized that to follow Jesus; there would be some sacrifices. I realized at this moment that following Jesus will cost more than you think. Although at the time I didn’t…

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6 Ways to Help Your Kids Love Reading the Bible – Christian Article

Growing Good Habits What could be more important than teaching your kids to read the Bible? What better habit would you want them to have? But it’s hard to do. Bad habits are like weeds. You have to do nothing to cultivate them. Good habits, like growing flowers or plants, need time, care, and attention. With time, care, and attention, we can help our kids cultivate the habit that will keep them close to God, keep them believing the gospel…

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Encourage Your Volunteers: One-Minute Motivators – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

With the start of a new school year, there is simply too much to do! Urgent phone calls to parents, issues with curriculum, classroom decorations, and promotional events all press for your time. Caring for volunteers often falls to the bottom of the priority pile. Though preparation and planning are valuable aspects of leading a ministry, you cannot afford to neglect the health and welfare of your volunteer team. Taking time to connect with teachers and staff leaders is an…

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Transformational Discipleship | DiscipleBlog.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Many churches equate discipleship with knowledge … but the essence of discipleship is transformational not informational. Jesus did not merely ask us to teach everything He commanded. He asked us to teach people to obey everything He commanded, and the difference is massive (Matthew 28:19). The end result of discipleship is not merely the knowledge of all Jesus commanded but the obedience to all Jesus commanded.” 1 Greg Baird poses this pivotal question regarding children: “Are you practicing informational discipleship…

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Who are the Disciples of Christ? – Christian Article

Tweet Who are the Disciples of Christ? What do they believe? A Disciple Before we look into who or what a disciple of Christ believes, we must understand what a disciple is. The word comes from the Old English discipul (fem. discipula) which comes from the Latin discipulus, meaning, “pupil, student, follower,” and said to be from discere, meaning “to learn” from which we get the word “discern,” but a disciple is someone who…

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I Think Meeting Jesus is Like Getting Hit by A Semi-Truck – Christian Article

I’ve never met anyone who was hit by a semi-truck and lived to tell about it. I don’t mean getting sideswiped on the interstate in your car kind of accident. Nothing involving your car and a semi-truck. What I mean is, I’ve never met someone who stood toe to toe with a semi-truck and lived. Can you imagine the insanity of someone trying to convince you they were hit by a semi-truck as they stand in front of you a…

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How Do I Define the Win in Ministry? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Let’s dive right into Mark chapter 4, right in the middle of the story. Jesus has spent the day teaching the crowds in parables. He hit some of his more famous one: The Parable of the Sower, The Parable of the Lamp, and The Parable of the Mustard Seed. It’s been a good day. It’s been a busy day. Crowds and crowds of people heard Jesus preach that day. His message had reached multitudes. And as the day comes to…

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Spiritual Lessons from the Life of Trees: An Interview with Matthew Sleeth, MD – Christian Article

The Bible talks about trees more than any living creation other than people. Have you missed the forest…and the trees? For example, the Bible refers to its wisdom as a Tree of Life (Proverbs 3:18). What is the hidden language of trees that can help us better understand God? Bible Gateway interviewed Matthew Sleeth, MD (@MatthewSleeth) about his book, Reforesting Faith: What Trees Teach Us About the Nature of God and His Love for Us (WaterBrook, 2019). Describe how you…

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