Posts Tagged "Encouragement"

The Most Important Things You Can Ever Say to a Child

7 Most Important Things Here is another article I published over on Ministry-to-Children.com. The article titled The 7 Most Important Things You Can Tell A Child was published on July 22, 2010.

Brief Synopsis: Check out this list of seven things you should be telling your own kids, and those in your ministry, as much as possible.

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King David’s Two Encouragements to Parents and Teachers (Synopsis of Come Ye’ Children – Chapter 15)

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Lest we should ever start to feel like our work with kids is pointless, in this short chapter, Spurgeon offers two words of encouragement to both parents and teachers for dealing with kids.  The two examples are found in the lives of David and Jesus.

Encouragement #1 – Working with Children is a Noble Endeavor

David was renowned King of Israel and author of numerous psalms.  Appointed by God in his early years, David replaced Saul and led the nation of Israel for 40 years.  Jesus was, and is, the Son of God who came to earth in human form to die on the cross to pay the price for our sins so that we could be reconcile to God forever.  One thing they shared in common was a desire to teach children.

David said:

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#24 – Always Be a Source of Encouragement (Tips For Large Group Teaching)

Welcome to a continuing series of tips on working with large groups of children. I hope that you will find these tips useful and be able to implement them in your dealings with large groups of kids. If you do, please leave a comment and let us know. For a complete list of posts in this series, please see the index page. So, without further introduction, here is today’s installment.

I will be the first one to tell you that I don’t buy into the whole “every kids is the same / equal results / everyone gets a trophy” mentality that is so prevalent in our society today.  Every kid is different and each is better at certain things than other kids.  That is the way God made them, and we should rejoice in that.  That said, Children’s Ministry should be a place where every child feels encouraged.  Every child should leave your classroom feeling like they are of the utmost importance to you and to your ministry, because they are each vitally important to God.

When you ask questions, remember that even though you don’t get the answer you might have been looking for, that doesn’t make it wrong.  The beauty of open-ended questions (as we discussed in the last installment) is that they don’t generally have a right answer.  Encourage the kids to come up with and express their own ideas.  Give them opportunities to brain storm with one another in response to questions.

Encourage their answers.  When you ask a question about David and they answer something about Daniel, tell them how impressed you are that they know the story of Daniel, before you tell them that that wasn’t exactly the answer you were looking for.  Encourage them to shout out answers.  Help them to feel reassured enough to answer any questions without fearing that they will be made fun of or ridiculed.  Remember that while we should always be willing to laugh with them, we should never laugh at them.

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Ch. 9 – Embracing Biblical Methods: Types of Communication – Shepherding A Child’s Heart (A Synopsis)

Shepherding A Child's HeartIn this installment of our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart,” we will look at Chapter 9 – “Embracing Biblical Methods: Types of Communication.”

In the last chapter, Tedd Tripp addressed the need for rich, full communication with our kids.  In this chapter he looks at different types of communication.  He notes that as parents we often reduce our role to three things: rules, correction, and punishment and notes that most parents would admit that 80-90% of their communication falls into one of those three areas.  While he admits that rules, correction and punishment are necessary in every family, there are other types of communication, and we do our kids great harm when we can’t discern the appropriate type of communication for the moment.

He offers descriptions of the following eight types of communication (he does note that these are selected types of communication and there are more):

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