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Helping Children and Teens Discover and Use their Spiritual Gifts

I don’t have it all figured out. I’m learning as I go. Life is a constant stage of growth, or at least it should be. Parenting is not easy, plain and simple, it ain’t easy. The discipleship of our children should start at home. We, the parents, should be the main source of discipleship of our children, not the church, the church should be our support in this process. My child’s kids’ church teacher or my teen’s youth pastor has…

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Parenting

Parents! The Best Gift You Can Give this Christmas

Parents, the best gift you can give your kids for Christmas is faith lived out. Life Your kids need to see faith in Jesus isn’t just a Sunday morning thing, it’s not a religious ritual. They need to see you struggle and how you lean on Jesus Christ for strength. They need to see you seeking God for direction in life. Fellowship Your kids need to see you living out your faith in your church community. They need to see…

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Parenting

Food for the Wolves.

I ran into a parent this morning that I haven’t seen at church in a very long time. His family came for a while, then became hit and miss, then missing all together. Their child of youth group age never really came to youth group. I let the parent know that their family was greatly missed at church.
The dad then began to list the reason why they are missing. The main reason is the dad is working sun up to…

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Discipleship

The Umbrella of Discipleship

Parents don’t disciple their child because the parents were not discipled by their parents. There was a point in Christianity when parents no longer taught their children how to live out the Christian life and be a follower of Christ and took that responsibility and handed it off to the church. Sunday School teachers, youth pastors, the parenting role discipling their child was relinquished to the church. Over the many years this idea of “I disciple my child” has almost…

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Discipleship

Discipleship Strategy in a Wireless World

This post is a continuation of a post that began here Part 1, Part 2. If youth group is no longer meeting a social need we need to consider this question: “Can we even compete to technology when it comes to the social need?” We used to be able to say “Youth group is going to be epic this Wednesday so come and bring a friend.” All because we were going to serve a 30 foot banana split and play…

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Parenting

Practical Ways to Disciple Your Kid

7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6 God’s Word and His expectations should be the fabric of our everyday lives woven throughout our home. A…

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Parent Ministry

Busy Busy Busy

Busy, I get it. Conversations with parents and students keep pointing and taking us to the conclusion that students and families are super busy and perhaps even operating on an overload.  So as student ministries we see this affect and impact our momentum.  It’s hard to grow a church when the members show up once a month for worship.  It’s hard to grow a student ministry when students show up once a month.  Attendance has such a big influence on…

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Parenting

I’m a Parent, So I Parent

Parenting is hard.  Parenting is rewarding.  Parenting is stressful.  Parenting is joyful. Each Sunday morning I wake up my 7th grade son and he gets dressed and goes to church.  No questions asked.  No choice, no option.  He doesn’t even ask to stay home.  He knows that as a family of Christ followers we get up and go to worship with our church family as we are told to do in Hebrews 10:25, it’s not an option.  Going to church…

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Parent Resource

This looks like a good book to read for parents of teens.  I’ll be ordering one to help with students now and to prepare myself for my kids hitting their teen years. You can order a copy here at Homeword

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Support

In talking with other youth ministers it is obvious that in churches with youth ministries there are some parents and some students who take their youth ministry for granted.  I would venture a guess and say we have this happening at our church also.  I talk with parents and church leaders from other churches that do not have youth ministries and hear them share how they wish they had something for their students. What if your church’s youth ministry ceased? …

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