Why Kids Need More Than Just Their Parents

Why Kids Need More Than Just Their Parents

If no volunteer can ever know what a parent knows, then why recruit anyone to help with kids and teenagers? It would definitely make things easier if you could just tell parents, “Since you know more than we can ever know, and you have more time than we will ever have, and you care about this more than we ever will, this is really up to you as the parent.” You could also misquote Deuteronomy 6 to convince parents it’s their job alone, not the church’s to raise their kids. Just skip the part of... Read More
Parent and Small Group Leader: A Child Needs Both

Parent and Small Group Leader: A Child Needs Both

Last Friday you put on some tunes and busted a move in front of your totally-mortified middle school sons. Then tonight they came home from the dance doing the sprinkler, just like you taught ’em—only they gave credit to Jeff, their small group leader. What gives? And it’s not just your own kids, either. One of the toddlers you teach at church lost it over a missing toy on Sunday. You tried to talk her through it with no luck. In the end all she needed was a big hug from mom and the... Read More
The One Thing Every Kid Needs the Most

The One Thing Every Kid Needs the Most

All kids need the same thing. Kids who are black, white, Asian, Hispanic. Kids who are fostered or adopted. Only children, middle children, and youngest children. High risk, special needs, gifted, introverts, extroverts, strong-willed, or mild-tempered . . . All kids need the same thing. Actually, it may seem like kids need a lot of things. In fact, if you listen to the voices in our culture advocating for kids, you can very quickly become overwhelmed by all the things kids need. They need a... Read More
Why Every Phase of a Child’s Life Matters

Why Every Phase of a Child’s Life Matters

If you’re reading this right now, we probably have a few things in common. You’re probably an adult. You probably like kids and teenagers. You definitely care about influencing the faith of those kids and teenagers. And you probably agree that the best way to influence a kid’s faith is to influence the people who influence them most—like their parents and their small group leaders. If you’ve been in ministry for more than a few months, then you probably understand something else too—that kids... Read More
Sexual Integrity Through the Phases: Helping Parents Navigate Sexual Integrity At Every Age

Sexual Integrity Through the Phases: Helping Parents Navigate Sexual Integrity At Every Age

by Dr. Jim Burns and Kristen Ivy Authorities in the area of sex education tell us: “The more positive, value-centered sex education kids receive from home, the less promiscuous they will be.” That sounds simple enough. But a majority of parents didn’t receive healthy conversations about sexuality from their parents. So they don’t have a lot to go on. And as church leaders we should probably admit that we haven’t always done a very good job either. It’s easy to see how this generation of... Read More