Kevin Lawson

Critical Issues in Ministry with Children, Part Two: Knowing Where We Want to Go, How Can We Get There?

By Kevin Lawson Jul. 1, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

In my last post, I talked about the importance of our ministry with children and some ministry objectives we need to pursue. In this follow up blog I would like to talk about four aspects of children’s ministry that together help us accomplish our goals of helping children grow and mature as a part of the church, the people of God.

These are worthy goals, and it can be tempting to try to design one children’s program in the church to address them all. But if we take them each seriously, it will soon be clear that this is more than a matter of having a class or a club program for children. Instead, it requires thinking carefully about the full life of the church, as well as the church and family environment our children grow up in. It has implications for what we do for our children, with them, to them, and the opportunities we provide for them to be engaged in ministry themselves. I invite you to read and think with me about what this might look like.
 

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Critical Issues in Ministry with Children: What Should We Aim For? How Can We Get There?

By Kevin Lawson Apr. 3, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership

It’s been awhile since I have posted on the Good Book Blog. Since I come back to post a few times a year, I want to begin with an area of ministry that is very dear to my heart – ministry with children. In many ways, I think the church in general has a very mixed view of ministry with children. On the one hand we recognize that children are a gift, and we value them highly. On the other hand, we may often feel that “real ministry” takes place with youth and adults. Perhaps it is that we more readily see the impact of our teaching with youth or adults, and in ministry with children it is harder to see significant changes. What we may miss out on is seeing the powerful foundational nature of ministry with children that sets life directions and patterns that “bloom” later in adulthood. I, for one, recognize the critical importance of ministry with children, and the impact it can have for a lifetime. In this blog, and the one that will follow, I’ll be talking about the kinds of ministry objectives we should be aiming for in ministry with children, and some models of ministry for those who serve the children in their congregations. What I share here is adapted and expanded from some material I wrote as part of Introducing Christian Education and Formation, by Ron Habermas, published by Zondervan (2008).

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Teaching Deeper Part IX: Slowing Down to Go Deeper

By Kevin Lawson Oct. 29, 2011 12:13 p.m. Christian Education

We often face pressures to move our Bible teaching sessions along in church, sacrificing depth of teaching impact to save time and keep on schedule with the lesson plans.  What do we lose when we do this, and how might we respond to these pressures to ensure greater depth of impact in our teaching?

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Teaching Deeper, Part VIII: How to Pray for Your Teaching

By Kevin Lawson Sep. 20, 2011 9:01 a.m. Christian Education

One of the more important areas of preparing to teach for deeper impact that we all acknowledge is the need to pray about our teaching.  I believe that all of us affirm this, but when it comes down to what and how to pray we are a bit vague and unsure what to do.  Asking God to “bless” our teaching efforts is important, but not enough.  In this month’s blog I suggest some ways we can be praying as we prepare to teach.  

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Teaching Deeper, Part VII

By Kevin Lawson Aug. 23, 2011 1:20 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education

A few months ago I introduced and explained a “coaching” model for teaching that I believe has greater potential for encouraging deeper, more transformative learning.  Unfortunately, not many of us are teaching in this way and we need to begin changing how we prepare our lessons and how we use our time as we teach our students.  Last month I began to share some ideas for how to begin moving from a “teaching for knowing” to a “teaching for growing” ministry.  This month I will finish up these more specific ideas and give you some more questions for reflection.  Beginning next month I’ll go back and spend more time on issues of how we prepare for our teaching, how we move beyond teaching for knowing in our use of time in the group, and how to develop a longer-term approach to promoting growth through our teaching.  This blog picks up where the last one left off, with six more ideas for teaching more like a coach.

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Teaching Deeper, Part VI

By Kevin Lawson Jul. 20, 2011 1:15 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education

Over the last two months I have introduced and explained a “coaching” model for teaching that I believe has greater potential for encouraging deeper, more transformative learning.  Unfortunately, not many of us are teaching in this way and we need to begin changing how we prepare our lessons and how we use our time as we teach our students.  This month and next I want to share about a dozen ideas for how to begin moving from a “teaching for knowing” to a “teaching for growing” ministry.  After these blogs I’ll go back and spend more time on issues of how we prepare for our teaching, how we move beyond teaching for knowing in our use of time in the group, and how to develop a longer-term approach to promoting growth through our teaching.  First, how do we begin to teach more like a coach?

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Teaching Deeper, Part V

By Kevin Lawson Jun. 15, 2011 12:59 p.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education

Last month I shared a “coaching” model for teaching that I believe can help us deepen the impact of our teaching, helping us avoid the problems of biblical amnesia and aborted application.  This month I start by looking at Paul’s teaching ministry to see how this coaching approach fits with his efforts.  Then I go back through the phases of the coaching model and talk about what that would mean for us as teachers in the church.  What does it look like to begin teaching like a coach?

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