3 Tips on How to Parent in Public – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

It isn’t always easy to parent in public but it’s essential. I can remember the days when our children were young, and my wife would come home from grocery shopping rattling off the list of infractions our children were guilty of while in the store. The list often included misdemeanors (or misbehaviors) like arguing with each other, complaining about not getting what they wanted, and failing to stay where they were told. Most parents know the feeling of embarrassment and frustration of…

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Notes from the Ultimate Misfit, an Enneagram Four – Christian Article

My name is Amanda, and I’m an Enneagram Four. If you know anything about the Enneagram, even if your knowledge is just cursory, you probably just rolled your eyes. Fours are one of the most notorious numbers in the personality system. They tend to expressive, dramatic, introspective—or, depending on your perspective, overly complicated, histrionic, and self-obsessed. Tomato, tomahto. It’s very Four-ish of me to open my piece with a claim to my own tragic personality type, but my confession is…

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Rootedness in an Orphaned World – Christian Article

There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings. ~ John Ruskin “You surprise me, Holy Father. You are young, and yet you have such old ideas.”“You’re wrong about that. I’m an orphan, and orphans are never young.”“But the majority of churchgoers are not orphans.”“Says who? You really think that the only orphans are those…

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Podcast: You Talk Too Much… Seriously – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

In this episode, teachers will discover the value of listening to children and building relationships.  Evaluate your ministry to see if you are a good listener.  Make adjustments to be able to connect to kids, parents and other workers by taking time to listen.  See this blog post under leadership or by clicking here. How are you doing as a listening teacher? What are some ways you build in time to listen?     This post was originally shared on…

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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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Social Justice? | More Than Cake – Christian Article

Social justice is a phrase that ought to be banned from our vocabulary and never heard again. There are four reasons why this is so. First, the phrase has no specific referent in the real world.  People with very different, indeed, mutually contradictory, approaches to solving various social problems will both use it to refer to their schemes.  A phrase that can mean anything means nothing.  This phrase therefore adds nothing substantive to the discussion it is being used in…

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Tangible Tetris Game | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

  Gather:  Foam counting blocks  Glue gun & glue sticks   Fine point permanent markers    Prepare:  Use the glue gun to glue several of each of the Tetris shapes:  T, L, I, Z and squares.  Use permanent markers to write the words of a verse or Bible books.    Teach:  Challenge the kids to assemble the shapes so that the verse is in the correct order.            Our children need to learn their Bible skills so they…

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Getting Your Teens FIRED UP! – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Nothing can zap your energy quite like walking into the youth room and seeing the teens just sitting there on their phones, bored out of their minds. Here is how to get YOUR teens fired up! Know Your Why (and share it!) Make sure you know why your ministry exists, but also be sure to communicate that WHY to the teens. Young people need to understand that your ministry exists for more than just smashing pie in each others faces.…

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Student Leadership Program is Not a Secret Club – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Jesse Criss September 23, 2019 A few years ago, I remember coming across a youth worker describing their student leadership program. They empowered students, had monthly training opportunities and even had students plan and prepare events. However, there was one very large problem… it was all secret. First rule of Leadership program is that we don’t talk about leadership program Student leadership in youth ministry cannot be a secret club because you can’t be an influencer if no one…

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Getting Parents FIRED UP! – ProjectYM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

No not YOUR parents (although that is great too.) Here is how to get the parents of teens in your ministry FIRED UP! Know Your Why Why does your ministry exist? What is the goal of your ministry? Be intentional about sharing the vision with parents. They need to see the bigger picture (and not just think of you as the person who takes their kid off their hands for a few hours every week.) Be Excited About THEIR Teens…

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Podcast- I’m New! What do I do? – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Listen as Mr. Mark discusses advice he shares with interns before stepping into their first kid’s ministry.  These five keys will help you step out on the right foot as you begin (or restart) your ministry to kids and families. Write down a “90 Day Goal.” Do your research. Join a group of like-minded peers. Figure out what you need. Journaling may save your life.   https://media.blubrry.com/mrmarksclassroom/content.blubrry.com/mrmarksclassroom/Podcast-I_m_New.mp3   This podcast was originally shared on Mr. Mark’s Classroom in April 2016.…

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Looking To The Dead For Safety – Christian Article

“I find no salvation in my life historybut only in the history of Jesus Christ.”— Dietrich Bonhoeffer After her husband was assassinated, Mary Todd Lincoln began the hopeless search to reconnect with her dead husband Abraham. She longed for the safety of her husband’s presence, but could not find it among the spiritualists of her day. Holding a séance is something most of us will never attempt, and rightly so, but in our own ways, all of us find safety…

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Stars and Stripes Bunting | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.  Psalm 33:12 Supplies: Contact paper—18” X 15” Red, white, blue sparkle tissue paper Black cardstock Curling ribbon Scissors Glue stick Clear tape Prepare It: Cut black cardstock into 1/2” X 8 1/2” strips. Cut Red, white and blue tissue paper into 1” strips. Cut 2 1/2” stars out of white tissue paper. Cut a 3’ length of curling ribbon. Make It: Peel backing off of contact paper and on a flat…

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Free Book: Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ – Christian Article

It’s free book time again! July’s free book is Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ by Thomas R. Schreiner.  Like most writers of a Pauline theology, Schreiner discerns something at the heart and soul of Paul’s theology: “. . . the supremacy of God in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.” Schreiner has stitched this theme into the book’s fabric, and the result is a deeply spiritual, robust Pauline theology.  Snag your free copy of Paul, Apostle of God’s…

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The World We Have and the World We Want – Christian Article

By Zachary Holbrook The pace of online discourse makes life difficult for those who wish to think seriously about Christianity and politics. By now, the takes have begun to cool regarding the recent fracas between Sohrab Ahmari, David French, and their respective factions within the conservative movement. Heads have cleared somewhat, slights and overstatements were walked back, and, thousands of online words thrown into the void later, we await the next contentious spectacle. The significant danger in the heat of…

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When Change Comes… | More Than Cake – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); “I have held many things in my hands,and have lost them all;but whatever I have placed in God’s hands,that I still possess.”—Martin Luther It seems with every passing year, I lose more and more hair. This year things finally came to a head and I decided it was time to shave it all off. When I told my oldest son Zachary the news, he said, “Don’t do it Dad, you will look terrible.” The…

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Are America’s Megachurches Too Big to Fail? – Christian Article

2008 introduced us to the idea of something being “too big to fail.” In that case it was our nation’s largest banks. They had grown so large and played such a decisive role in our nation’s economy that our national government decided that it could not let the banks fail, even if those banks had made mistakes that should’ve ended with their closure. So the banks got bailouts, the bankers paid very little for destroying the economy, and thousands of…

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A Theology of Equality | Religious Affections Ministries: Conservative Christianity, Worship, Culture, Aesthetics, Classical Education, Homeschooling, Family – Christian Article

This entry is part 40 of 40 in the series “Ten Mangled Words” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. When God made humankind, He made them male and female, both equally in His image (Genesis 1:26-27). According to Peter, this makes men and women co-heirs of the grace of life (1 Peter 3:7). He chose to do so in a staggered fashion, however, creating the male first, followed by the female. In so…

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Can Social Conservatives Lead? | Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

Rusty Reno is right in saying that social conservatives should take the lead in American conservatism. The reason why is plain. Unlike the libertarians, we have a substantive account of the good to which we think society should tend. Unlike the alt-right, our account of common life is not itself a rejection of centuries of Christian teaching and a reversion to paganism. Unlike the Intellectual Dark Web, our account really does attack the central problems that confront our nation rather…

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Beauty and Knowledge | Religious Affections Ministries: Conservative Christianity, Worship, Culture, Aesthetics, Classical Education, Homeschooling, Family – Christian Article

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series “Doxology: A Theology of God’s Beauty” Read more posts by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Beauty does not only encourage a pursuit of reality, but beauty encourages a Christian epistemology. It teaches how we know what we know. The Enlightenment project involved pursuing certainty without relying on revelation or authority. If a thinking, knowing subject could be “neutral”, pure reason would lead to truth. This resulted…

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VBS Stage Animals | Mr. Mark’s Classroom – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

    This 24-foot-wide Large Safari Scene Setter comes with seven panels. The seventh panel is filled with scene add-ons to bring your stage to life. You will find a baby giraffe, a baby elephant, extra toucan bird, rocks with a bright green frog and iguana, and a beautiful four-foot-wide peacock to add to your scene. Simply cut the items out loosely with scissors and attach the pieces to cardboard or display foam board from Hobby Lobby. Mr. Mark used cardboard. Just…

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Having “The Talk” With Your Teens: It’s An Ongoing Thing – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Most of the time our youth group meetings are a bit of a blur without a lot of opportunity for tons of one on one time. Every now and then I have a conversation with my teens that has an impact on me, if not on them. A few years ago during small groups is one such example. We just finished a talk on chastity and modesty that really only scraped the surface of what our dignity is and how…

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8 Traits of a Mature Disciple – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin June 5, 2019 Discipleship is a lifelong journey. When we hear Jesus’ Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19), we can be tempted to think Jesus is only talking about evangelism. But Jesus doesn’t stop there; he continues, “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (v. 20). Not only are we called…

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Why Hymnals? | Religious Affections Ministries: Conservative Christianity, Worship, Culture, Aesthetics, Classical Education, Homeschooling, Family – Christian Article

I was recently asked to fill out a survey for pastors about their use of hymnals. Their final question was: “If you DO use hymnals for congregational singing, why do you view them as a worthwhile means of leading your church in worship?” Here was my response: A printed hymnal is good for so many reasons. It is a canon of acceptable worship. It helps congregants know what is good to sing in worship (and, by converse, helps them judge…

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Five Theses on Preaching | Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

By Brad East (originally posted on Resident Theologian) 1. The principal subject matter for preaching, always and everywhere, is the triune God of Israel attested and revealed in the good news about Jesus, the Lord and Messiah of Israel. If a sermon could not plausibly be said to have been about that, it was not a sermon. 1.1. This is primarily a substantive point, that is, regarding what a sermon is “about,” which doesn’t mean that counting the number of times…

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