It's curriculum selection season--which materials have you found especially helpful for sharing God's word with kids, teens, or adults?
The answer seems obvious: to teach the Bible story or lesson we've been assigned. But I wonder if it's more nuanced than that.
August 26, 2014 1 0 comments
Here's an idea for kicking off the year with a creative project that brings kids together.
July 29, 2014 0 0 comments
Creative ideas from churches that are trying new things with this age old tradition.
July 22, 2014 0 4 comments
July 8, 2014 0 0 comments
Here's a pattern that has proven helpful for hosting a youth retreat focused on the Heidelberg Catechism
July 1, 2014 1 0 comments
The Circle of Grace curriculum teaches children and youth how to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries; recognize when boundary violations are about to occur; and demonstrate how to take action when boundaries are threatened or violated.
June 30, 2014 0 1 comments
Here's a great article on working with volunteers in children's ministry, but all the suggestions listed can also be used in any other area where volunteers are engaged in ministry.
June 27, 2014 1 0 comments
As your faith formation programs switch gears for the summer, consider these preplanning ideas to help you kick off next year's Sunday school season with success.
May 13, 2014 0 0 comments
Ideas for making the last day of Sunday school special.
May 6, 2014 1 1 comments
If your church is considering a change in Sunday school or children's curriculum, this webinar will provide practical tips on finding a curriculum that fits your theology and your context.
April 23, 2014 0 0 comments
At a time when the diagnosis of ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities is on the rise, it seems wise for churches to consider investing in someone who can help us understand how best to love one another in Christ.
April 22, 2014 2 4 comments
Join me for a one hour webinar that explores the nuts and bolts of curriculum selection and offers an overview of Faith Alive's three core children's curricula.
April 15, 2014 0 0 comments
Are you expecting a few new folks in worship this Sunday? Consider these easy ideas for embracing Easter guests.
April 15, 2014 0 2 comments
Is our Sunday school structure holding us back from deeper discipleship with children?
April 8, 2014 2 4 comments
This blog is a creative source for ministry inspiration, especially during special seasons of the church year.
April 7, 2014 0 0 comments
Worship is deeply formative and learning how to participate in worship is critical to lifelong faith growth. Could what we do in Sunday school help engage children in worship too?
March 25, 2014 0 0 comments
Great teachers are those who passionately follow Jesus Christ and share their faith out of the overflow of their hearts! Here is a helpful list of Lenten devotions to pass along to your teaching team to encourage a deeper walk with Christ during this special season.
March 11, 2014 0 0 comments
My Sunday school class takes place in a small square room with two rectangle tables pushed together in the center. Add 8 chairs filled with fifth graders and you’ve used up all the floor space.
February 19, 2014 0 0 comments
Sitting still to answer questions is really hard for active kids. So I’m collecting ideas for jumpstarting conversations and disguising discussions. Here are a few that have worked for me.
February 11, 2014 0 2 comments
You’ve packed away the Christmas props and programs, rung in the New Year, and begun the new season. By now the weekly pace has returned and order has been restored. Although everyone appreciates peace after a busy holiday season, by February things can seem a bit too quiet! Break up the long winter weeks by incorporating a “Beat the Winter Blahs” day into your season! Here's how . . .
February 4, 2014 0 0 comments
In the children’s Bible storybooks that I read to my daughter the opening pages begin with, “This is a story from God’s book, the Bible. It’s for [say name(s) of your child(ren)]. It’s for me too!”
January 21, 2014 0 3 comments
How do youth and children call us to re-imagine what it means to be and do church? What, theologically, does it mean to be a young person in today’s church and world? How should our theology (re)shape the ways in which we minister with children and youth?
January 13, 2014 0 0 comments
It’s a wild ride from September to January, but you made it!! Back in August you knew how many kids, teachers, and classes would be in your program. You were focused and ready for the journey. Now its midway through the season and a lot has changed—it’s time to take a fresh look at the itinerary and recalculate as necessary...
December 31, 2013 0 2 comments
The suspense builds as all the barn animals get ready for a special arrival and wonder who is coming. They dust the beams, lay eggs, and make room. At last they welcome Mary and Joseph as each snout pushes in for a better view of baby Jesus lying in Mary’s arms.
December 17, 2013 0 2 comments
I enjoy reading books on my Kindle app, but when it comes to the Bible, I still prefer to hold the good book in my hands and turn the pages manually. I doubt my daughter will grow up with the same fondness for words on pages. She is not quite two and she’s already peeking over the shoulder of her older cousin to watch Pete The Cat on Grammy’s iPad. Why not watch Pete the disciple too?
December 3, 2013 0 1 comments