» Preschool Pointers—12 Learning Center Ideas
Create a lively classroom environment in your ministry by adding new learning centers! Learning centers energize learners and create the feeling that there are many things to do. Centers come in handy when children arrive early, when parents pick them up late, or when some students finish another task more quickly than their peers. Learning centers are topic-specific stations set up in a small area. At learning centers, children participate in a designated activity for a variable amount of time. Divide your large class into small groups and rotate each group from center to center, or guide your entire class

» Whacking at the “Roots” of Children’s Ministry by Mark Steiner
Yep—I’m “seasoned” enough to be an eye-witness to much of what has taken place during the last 30 years of children’s ministry. Nope—this article is not about the history or “roots” of ministry to kids. That’s a topic for another day. Instead, I’d like to take a whack at the “roots” of “who we are”—our very identity. Have you ever cut down a tree? Generally, it’s very easy to do—and plenty of fun (just ask George Washington). Just grab a sharp ax or chainsaw—and the job is over in a few minutes. Watching a huge oak crash to the ground

» ABCs of Family Discipleship—Join God’s People
Discipleship Truth: When Jesus Christ came to earth, He set aside divinity to embrace humanity. Though He was Lord and Master, Jesus willingly became a servant. Christ enjoyed serving and associating with all types of people. He showed His followers how to be selfless and humble. Fifty days after Jesus ascended into heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to knit His followers together into a sacred assembly—the Church (Acts 2:42-47). True Story: The Keens and the Brayers lived five houses apart. The ages of the children in each family overlapped, so each child had a buddy to play with. The

IFCA International's interest in enhancing the strength of the Church by equipping for and encouraging toward ministry partnerships to accomplish Great Commission objectives extends even to the level of the children in our churches.  Today's children are tomorrow's Church leaders and we believe it is essential to begin at an early age to prepare them for that responsibility.  Strong foundations, laid in the lives of children, will provide a solid basis for carrying on Great Commission ministry in the decades ahead.

With that in mind, we are pleased to have DiscipleLand as a Great Commission partner in ministry.  We heartily recommend the materials they provide for children's ministry in the local church.


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