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Children Need to Be Taught to Obey

Article first appeared at Wesleyan Kids from April 25, 2014 [vimeo 55898555 w=600 h=338] Children need to be taught to obey. Why? Parents, teaching your children to obey is actually training your children to obey God. When our...

Want vs. Need

Article originally appeared at Wesleyan Kids on May 12, 2014 One of my good friends is an elementary gym teacher. If he were to ask his students what they wanted to play during gym class,...

Should a Parent Force their Children or Teenager to Come to Church?

A while back I read an article entitled: Why I Would Never Force my Kids to go to Church. Below is an excerpt from that article: "My parents forced me to eat three times a...

The Process of Proposing and Building a Bouldering, Rock Wall for Hayward Wesleyan Church

When we built an addition on to the Hayward Wesleyan Church, I knew that I eventually wanted to install a bouldering/rock wall along the back wall in the new, large programming room. However, I...

Frogger // Game

How to Play the Frogger Game: place the group in a circle sitting downchoose 1 person to be the "guesser"send the "guesser" out of...

Power of Stories

[vimeo 56035464 w=640 h=360] Sally Lloyd-Jones on Parenting Children Into the Christian Worldview Story "If a story captures our children, then nothing else competes." Stories from books seem to capture a sense of wonder, adventure, a "secret...

I Really Want You to Have a Cell Phone!

Article originally appeared @ wesleyankids.org on May 14, 2014 Hayward Wesleyan's discipleship pastor, Heath Davis, and myself have been trying to engage our church (and the community) in conversations about technology. We have learned a...

4 Questions to Evaluate a Program or Ministry

Article originally appeared @ wesleyankids.org on May 17, 2014 This past Monday my children's ministry coordinator and myself hosted a post-op on our after school program called Followers. There were some opinions and suggestions voiced...

Parenting Is All About Training

Article originally appeared @ wesleyankids.org on May 26, 2014 I think sometimes we parents get distracted from stewarding our children. We forget this deal is all about training. Training requires doing the same thing over and...

Stained or Painted with the Gospel?

Article originally appeared @ wesleyankids.org on May 29, 2014 Jared Martin shared an amazing insight a while back. I've reordered the question: Are we stained or painted with the gospel? I think for many who teach children, we...

Sustainability In Ministry (Life)

Matt Norman wrote an article a while back using a great metaphor: Football. I remember watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play. One of the players caught an interception and ran it all the way back,...

Dear Parents, “Please Challenge Your Children (and Yourself)”

Dear Parents, I was recently talking to a mother of a 7th grade student who was sharing with me that her son didn’t want to come to Sunday school and Youth group at church. “Every Sunday...

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