Theology in Children’s Ministry

So today, I’m working and working and browsing through the bevvy of tweets that come across my desktop app “Twhirl” I see an awesome post from Kenny Conley called “Where’s The Theology”. Awesome post by Kenny! And I am thinking to myself how do the CM people feel about the notion that you can’t get deep with kids?

I think that Theology is important at all times but especially as a child, and especially in a society where the family dynamic is broken. So where do you go with kids? How do you incorporate theology into what you do? Do you think it’s useless for children?

And on a totally separate note, What direction are you going for Easter in your kids programs? What are you teaching for those weeks? Continuing a program, doing someone’s easter stuff, or writing you own curriculum and what do you want to teach your kids about Easter?

anyway waiting for your comments!

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Kids and Truth

I have the wonderful opportunity to teach kids on a weekly basis. I desire to teach them truths about God each and every time that I get the chance. I often remember how my faith has grown over my life. I continually think what are some things that I wish that I had known about God when I was 6-13 years old.

A couple that I have come up with are these:

  • God is not angry with me.
  • God wants the best for my life
  • God loves me more than I love myself.

If we could get a generation of kids to understand these three truths about God, I think it would do wonders for their entire lives. Imagine grasping the truth that God is not angry with you at age 10 and living your entire life with that truth in tow.

So with that said, what are some truths that you wish you had known as a kid about God?

The Call

I felt like God wants someone to hear this today. So here it is:

I feel like “The Call” is the most important thing about your ministry. It defines everything about your service and your ministry. It is who you are (because God designed both!) However, not everyone has a Moses(burning, talking, bush) or a Paul(Blinding, Bright, talking light) call. Some like David have more of a progressive call. One that is constantly progressing over time.

I have struggled with this alot over my lifetime. Trying to pick out a specific instance where I felt God calling me into the ministry. But honestly I can recall 3 or 4 instances where I believe God was speaking His call into my life. I know that my call is to ministry. I know that my talents given by God involved teaching and communication, with a little bit of leadership in that mix. I know that God is still shaping me into the leader that He wants me to be and I know that I have alot to work on to get to where I need to be. But I know that when things get rough or tough and there is no one around, your call is sometimes the only thing that you have to stand on.

God set you apart for a mission. He called you out of your normal life to live a life dedicated in service to Him. Work through your inadequacies and rely on the call that God has given to you. He knows that you have what it takes. And He wants to prove it to you over and over again by allowing you to rely on His strength and provision. Always remember, be humbled by, and thank God every day for this gift that is called “The Call”

Little tidbit from some studying this morning.

I got this from some study this morning. I just wanted to pass this on to you:

“In our day, as in the ancient world, people often measure the value of what others say by how well they say it. Even within the church we put great stress on a person’s academic credentials, as if a Ph.D. granted one a corner on heavenly wisdom. The result is that we learn to value elegant systems of church dogma that are held together by sophisticated and learned arguments. In the life of many congregations, faith has become so intellectualized that its relational, experiential dimension has been bleached out. Certainly it is important to think through carefully what one believes and why. Yet many of my students come to university with strongly held convictions about Christ but without the experience of a vital relationship with him. Knowing what to believe has replaced knowing whom to believe.”(IVP Commentary)

This spoke to me for a few reasons.

  1. I love knowledge and learning. It’s an extremely important part but it’s not the only part. Living a life for Christ is one that calls for results. And doing is more important than learning most of the time.
  2. Learning is still important. Just like intellectual relationships without experience are flawed, the opposite is also true. If you don’t take the time to study and grow in your knowledge then your relationship will become stagnant.
  3. In a world where there are so many different things to believe it is so important to remember that we serve a God that is more than we could ever think or imagine. He is always there and always has our best interests in mind.

I would like to leave you with this thought.

“Relying on carefully thought-out ideas or rules of abstinence rather than on what God has already accomplished for us in Christ is at least imprudent, because it imperils the present results of Christ’s work in us.” (IVP commentary

Always let Grace be present in your thoughts. Where are you at with God right now? What situation is He leading you through? Praise Him for it today.

Ephesians 1:7

7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

Theological thoughts

I found myself thinking last night about the ramifications of certain ways of thinking theologically yesterday. I visited a sight that I do not go to very often. I won’t tell you the name because that is not what my blog is about. But all I found was a discussion on who was right or wrong and then it ended in a political discussion on who should be leading the SBC. 

I was thinking to myself, “Self, why if theology is their main point of discussion must they rip and tear other people to shreds talking about their personal lives and their ministries as if they alone are judge?”

I admit to not being very knowledgeable about many theological issues. But I can’t help but think about the Sanhedrin. (This is funny because they talked about on their website how someone they were bashing was so much like the Sanhedrin. 🙂 )   Why are they bashing so many people on such a public stage? Why is their job to determine who is right and wrong?

 

I just have a problem with people like this. Our job is to build others and in order to do that you do need to tell them the direction they are following is wrong sometimes. But you need to push them closer to Christ in the process not just away from people. I don’t see how this particular part is edifying the body of Christ. But I might be missing the boat, it wouldn’t be the first time.

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