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Spiritual Practices – Part Five: Being the Body of Christ Across Generations

In a conversation with Peter in Mathew 16:18, Jesus announces he will establish the church, described in 1 Corinthians 13 as a “body” of interdependent parts.  Later in Mathew 19, Jesus makes it clear that children are a welcome and vital part of the body.

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Spiritual Practices – Part Four: How to Dwell with God in Worship

When we use the word ‘worship,’ we usually think of the gathered body of Christ—the place where we come to sing praises to God, pray, read scripture, offer our gifts, and hear the word proclaimed. However, worship is also affirming the reality and Lordship of God, confessing our dependence upon God, and celebrating our life with God. This can happen anytime and anywhere.

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Spiritual Practices – Part Three: How to Dwell with God in the Bible

One of the things we learn from Jesus is that knowing God’s Word requires more than memory or recitation of content. The leaders of faith in Jesus’ day knew the Word of God and its promise of the coming Messiah well but didn’t recognize their Savior when he was standing in front of them.

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Spiritual Practices – Part Two: Dwelling with God in Prayer

Prayer is a gracious and powerful gift from God. Often, we just take this gift for granted and often we ignore it. But it’s our opportunity to communicate with God, the one who made us and who loves us and who, through prayer, is always accessible to us. So how do we share this precious gift with our children?

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Spiritual Practices to Help Children Experience Jesus – Part One: Dwelling with God of Creation

We can tell children about Jesus and children may believe and recite what we say. But in Mark 10:14 Jesus says, “Let the children come to me.” This is something deeper than simply knowing about Jesus. Jesus makes it clear in this passage that he desires a deep and lasting relationship with children.

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Engaging Children in Worship

Since the pillar of smoke first rose from the tabernacle, worship has included ushering others into the presence of God. Worship invites us into the spiritual realm—but from the beginning has done so by activating the senses. So how do we activate the senses of children in the context of worship and usher them into…

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Why Siloing Stunts Spiritual Growth

Siloing became a part of church environments during the seeker movement of the last generation. The idea was to pack everything into an hour’s time frame. Because it wasn’t seeker friendly and didn’t fit into the one-hour time frame, classes for Christian formation (Sunday School) for everyone disappeared. Consequently, adults went to worship while children’s ministry happened simultaneously, and youth groups often had their own worship service.

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Six Ways Preschoolers Can Participate in the Ministry of the Church

When we think of preschoolers in the church, our first inclination is to make sure they are well cared for—and this is a loving response by the body of Christ. But Jesus wants more from us. When Jesus says, “Let the little children come,” it’s an invitation for them to participate in the kingdom.

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Why Liturgical Elements Are Kid Friendly

A generation ago, churches began to drop several liturgical elements from worship. While the addition of other elements like rhythm instruments and dance, a wider range of worship music, and child participation are welcome changes to children in many congregations, the downside of the loss of liturgical elements is that children may find it more…

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Six Principles to Help Children Share Their Stories

One of the key elements of discipling children who make disciples is helping them share their stories with Jesus. Rather than just talking about Jesus, it’s critical to help children also share how Jesus is shaping and impacting their lives. Here are six principles for helping children to explore and share their stories with Jesus….

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Why a Child’s Participation in the Ministry of the Church Is Critical for Lifelong Spiritual Growth

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14

We don’t mean to hinder children in the church, but if we view children’s ministry as an auxiliary ministry of the church—something that happens “over there” out of the sight and mind of church leadership and the church body—we are unintentionally hindering their spiritual growth.

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