Posts in Christian Education

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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Skills vs. Character: Which is More Important in Ministry Leaders?

By Kenneth Berding Apr. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Christian Education, Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament

Have you ever noticed how often we rank skills over character?

You’re seeking to hire someone for a job. Which is more important? Skills for the job, or the character of the one seeking the job? In almost every hiring situation, skills are the focus (though I have heard that Human Resources folks are increasingly Facebook and Instagram-stalking potential employees in an attempt to ascertain whatever they can about applicants’ private lives.)

I would like to suggest that in Christian ministry, character should be weighted over skills.

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¿Qué Piensan Hacer Usted y Su Iglesia Durante la Cuaresma?

By Octavio Esqueda Apr. 1, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Ministry and Leadership

La navidad y la pascua son los dos eventos claves en el calendario cristiano. En la navidad celebramos la encarnación de Hijo de Dios quien se hizo hombre y habitó entre nosotros. En la pascua recordamos la muerte y resurrección de Jesucristo. Aunque conmemoramos dos acontecimientos, la realidad es que ambos están unidos porque Jesús nació para morir y darnos vida a través de su resurrección de entre los muertos.  No se puede explicar la navidad sin la pascua y viceversa.

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Why Every Church Will Always Need a Women’s Ministry

By Nell Sunukjian Mar. 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

I’ve read a few blogs recently that suggest the idea of a women's ministry in a church is somehow passé.

I beg to differ.

Instead, I want to say that every church will always need a women’s ministry. Let’s talk about why that is. In this first article, I want to address the biblical basis for a women’s ministry in every church. And then, in the second article we’ll think about women’s ministry historically and why it is still needed today in our egalitarian society.

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La Comunicación en el Matrimonio

By Octavio Esqueda Feb. 24, 2014 9:00 a.m. Christian Education, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership

El valor, dignidad y propósito del ser humano tiene su base en el Dios trino. Tanto el hombre como la mujer son la corona de la obra divina al ser creados a la imagen y semejanza de Dios: “Y Dios creó al ser humano a su imagen; lo creó a imagen de Dios. Hombre y mujer los creó” (Gen. 1:27). Cada una de las personas de la Santa Trinidad vive en completa armonía con las demás. El Padre, el Hijo y el Espíritu Santo se afirman uno al otro y tienen una relación perfecta en todos los sentidos. Nosotros somos seres sociales porque reflejamos a nuestro creador y es en el matrimonio en el que podemos experimentar de alguna manera una perfecta relación al igual que nuestro Dios.  El matrimonio es idea de Dios (Gen. 2:18-25) y a través de nuestro cónyuge podemos apreciar el favor de Dios cuando crecemos juntos en una relación de completa intimidad y aceptación.

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Taste and See: Theology and Food, Part Three

By Andy Draycott Feb. 11, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Missions, Spiritual Formation

So we eat. We are dependent on many and ultimately God for the grace of our continued diets. We say grace at mealtimes in recognition of that dependence. For all that, many of us don’t consider that theology has much to do with meals and eating.

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Taste and See: Theology and Food, Part Two

By Andy Draycott Feb. 10, 2014 9:00 a.m. Theology, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Spiritual Formation

Of course, if you are going to use a lens of food and hospitality to teach theology, you’d better be ready to feed your students. The beginning of semester means a marathon Welsh cake baking session in the Draycott home. In our January intensive Interterm, I get to welcome the whole class to our home for a session of teaching. In regular semester the larger classes don’t allow this. But hospitality then becomes an experiential learning project for the students. Throughout the semester, in groups they will have eaten a meal together and deliberately fasted and prayed together.

 

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