The Blessing of Boundaries | DiscipleBlog.com – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
 and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:26-27). How Kids Think Kids complain, “My parents won’t let me do anything!“ As children grow older, they want fewer restrictions and more freedom. Kids cannot understand why parents don’t trust their judgment. They view parental boundaries as roadblocks to their independence. How God Thinks Boundaries provide both security…

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The Secret to Discipling Kids! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In a media saturated world, where kids are juggling content as much as adults, and where kids often don’t live in the same place for their entire childhood, how do you make sure YOUR kids know the basics of the Christian Faith? The “secret” isn’t really a secret, it is just not done intentionally often enough – The secret is simply discipleship. Jesus discipled. And when He left, he commanded us to disciple other, teaching them “everything He commanded” in…

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How to Lead a Great Disciple Now – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin January 9, 2020 It’s Disciple Now season! Time for promoting, planning lessons, writing emails, recruiting leaders, arranging housing…the list goes on. But at the end of the day, we know what we’re going for. We want our Disciple Now weekend to be a powerful and meaningful experience for our students. We’re hoping that all our time, energy, and investment will lead to lasting personal growth and impact in the lives of our students. The question is “How?”…

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Emerging from the silos…Disability ministry as a mindset, not a program – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

By Ossewa – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74257014 This post in the second in a series examining ten disability ministry trends to watch in the coming decade. Today Dr. Grcevich will suggest that disability ministry will be less ’siloed” – offered as a support for inclusion within all the essential ministries of the church as opposed to a separate, “stand-alone” ministry department. Spend time at a conference on church growth with senior pastors or executive pastors and one of…

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Dare to Pray These Dangerous Prayers: An Interview with Craig Groeschel – Christian Article

Do you ever wonder, “Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?” Do you wish you could see the evidence that prayer changes lives? Are you tired of playing it safe with your faith? Does prayer really move the heart of God? What does it mean to pray boldly and powerfully? What are dangerous prayers? In this Q&A, Craig Groeschel (@craiggroeschel) talks about his book, Dangerous Prayers: Because Following Jesus Was Never Meant to Be Safe (Zondervan, 2020). [Read the Bible Gateway…

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Three Things to Teach Students About the Missio Dei – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When I was a teenager, I was aware that the good news of the gospel meant Jesus had saved me from sin. Still, I didn’t realize until later that the gospel also meant Jesus had saved me into a mission with him. I was too focused on trying to be the most popular student and the best athlete in my school. (My tall and lanky frame had other ideas, unfortunately. In a single school year, I face-planted at a track…

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Why Students Don’t Get Much Out of Large Group Talks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin February 6, 2020 It’s teaching time again. You step up in front of the students, grab the microphone, and clear your throat. You feel especially good about this lesson because the topic could be life changing for the students who really listen. Yesterday you worked harder than normal to find amazing illustrations, and you decided to tell a heart-breaking story from your own life to bring things home. But as you find your groove and get into…

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Relationships are Purpose Partners: An Interview with Dharius Daniels – Christian Article

What relational model did Jesus use when he selected the 12 disciples? What are the biblical principles that teach how to assess your relationships, define them, discern them, align them, and activate them to unlock their greatest potential? Bible Gateway interviewed Dharius Daniels (@Dhariusdaniels) about his book, Relational Intelligence: The People Skills You Need for the Life of Purpose You Want (Zondervan, 2020). What do you mean when you write, “Your greatest gifts walk into your life on two legs”?…

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Getting to the Heart of It – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It may alarm you or it could cause you to burst out laughing, but listening to kids in your ministry will always educate you. What do the kids you teach care about most? What are they excited to share with you each week? For the kids you lead it may be their sports teams, a new app on their phones, their friends, or the latest video on YouTube™. Kids reveal what they love most through what they talk about regularly.…

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(Podcast) Discipling Vs. Talking – Youth Ministry Christian Article

On this episode of the “O Ye of Middle Faith” podcast, Rick Lawrence talks about the state of youth ministry and an approach to discipleship that’s patterned after the way Jesus created transformational environments. Also on the podcast: Wende returns from paradise.… The post (Podcast) Discipling Vs. Talking appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by Group’s Youth Ministry Read Full Article

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Think of Yourself as a Saint: An Interview with Addison D. Bevere – Christian Article

The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there’s another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament—a word that’s been mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process: saints. Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and awaken you to the life you were meant to know. Bible Gateway interviewed Addison D. Bevere (@addisonbevere)…

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Build Foundations for Your Children – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.…

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9 Ways to Guard Your Personal Relationship with God – Christian Article

Time and Energy Required Like all healthy and satisfying relationships, our relationship with God needs time and energy. But giving time and energy to our relationship with God actually increases free time and energy because it helps us get a better perspective on life and order our priorities better, it reduces the time we spend on image management, and it removes fear and anxiety. Here are some things that have helped me to keep my personal relationship with God personal…

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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize – Christian Article

By Dr. Tony Evans Have you ever watched The Price is Right? There is a particular game on that show called Plinko. Contestants drop giant chips down a slanted board covered in wooden spikes. At its bottom are nine slots, each labeled with a diff erent cash prize amount, ranging in value. The goal is to get one of your chips to land in the $10,000 slot in the middle. But as a chip slides down the board, it will…

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7 reasons you should use the brand spanking new “Life Series” in your youth group! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

My close friend and ministry partner Zane Black along with his amazing team at Lovin Life just unleashed a new resource into the youth ministry world that you need to start using right away! It’s called Life Series. These powerful, short and amazingly well done videos are specifically designed to help new believers to grow in their new LIFE in Christ.

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Youth Group No Longer Fills a Social Need—Now What? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Youth Group No Longer Fills a Social Need—Now What? I remember when I was in jr. high I lived for our youth group’s weekend events. I would go to every possible one. Roller skating? I was in. Camping? I was in. Lock Ins? I was in. Every Wednesday night I would go to youth group. I did this all the way through my high school years until I graduated. I loved the fun that youth group brought. I loved just…

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Reinventing DNow to Reach Gen Z – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“I WOULDN’T COME TO YOUR DNOW” By Doug Franklin January 13, 2020 IS DNOW VINTAGE? I can’t say that I know who came up with the idea of DNow, and I don’t know when or where the first Disciple Now weekend was held. But I’m pretty confident that it was some time ago… Even so, I would hazard a guess that our modern DNow Weekends look pretty similar to those very first retreats. And why not? Why abandon a good…

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How to Be a Gardener and Ambassador for Christ: An Interview with Gregory Koukl – Christian Article

How do you have a conversation with someone who is intent on proving Christianity wrong and won’t accept the Bible as a source of authority? How can you artfully regain control of discussions, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways, comfortably and graciously maneuvering through the minefields of a challenging dialogue to get people thinking about Jesus? Bible Gateway interviewed Gregory Koukl (@gregkoukl) about his book, Tactics (2nd Edition): A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions (Zondervan, 2019). [Read…

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Long Before You Marry – JIM MARTIN – Christian Article

It is awfully difficult for children to rise above the emotional and spiritual maturity of their father and mother. Impossible? No. Hard? It often is. So many married men and women feel very much alone spiritually. Many single dads and moms are in church each Sunday, all too aware Years ago, she married a great guy. Yet, he is not a part of the congregation that his wife and children call “home.” He has many good qualities but the kids…

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Our Favorite Devotions for Youth – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin December 6, 2019 We compiled some of our favorite devotions for youth because we believe that spending time in God’s word everyday will transform students’ attitude, behavior, and their treatment towards other people. Daily devotions are about habits and vision. We want to develop habits in our students that will make them fully devoted followers of Christ. Through studying God’s word daily, students will develop the habit of listening to his voice and they will also begin…

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The Case for (The Right Kind of) Youth Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Before I get any flack for concept stealing, I want to let you know that I got permission from my friend Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for Christmas and, The Case for….just about everything dealing with the subject of Jesus, to spin his “Case for” theme toward youth ministry.  Lee wholeheartedly agreed that this is a message I should tackle. He, too, is convinced that this next generation needs reached and…

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Jesus’ Birth: God with Us – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14, NKJV). As Christmas drew near, my young church decided to stage its very first children’s pageant. We desired to write a script and produce a play that would vibrate with the truth of the Lord coming in human form to be Immanuel—“God with us.” With limited resources, our team pieced together a simple production.…

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The whole counsel of God – Christian Article

In Paul’s farewell speech to the Ephesian church elders, he says, “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27, ESV). Other versions note that Paul did not hesitate to proclaim to them the whole will of God (NIV), or the whole purpose of God (NAS). In June 2001, John MacArthur accomplished something that is extremely rare in Christendom. He finished preaching through the entire New Testament, verse by verse. To his church’s…

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Ten Traits of Children’s Ministry Leaders Who Run a Good Race for God – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Dick Crider, DiscipleLand Field Trainer, shares his wisdom: In more than thirty years of ministry, I have known children’s ministry leaders who crash and burn after a few years and I’ve known those who run the race for 30, 40, and even 50 years. What distinguishes those who run for a lifetime from those who do not? Paul told Timothy that he had fought the fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. So, what motivates those who do all…

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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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