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213 Things I Learned from Shepherding A Child’s Heart

Shepherding A Child's HeartI hope that you’ve found our synopsis of Tedd Tripp’s book “Shepherding A Child’s Heart” both thought provoking and useful.  There is certainly a lot of useful information to be gleaned from the book.  The following is my “cheat sheet” of things covered in the book:

4 Reasons our culture has lost its way in terms of parenting

  1. Many people in our day and age have children but don’t really want them.  Children are viewed as a liability in a culture that has increasingly convinced people that the paramount goal in life should be their own personal fulfillment.
  2. The idea of quality time has replaced the idea of quantity time.
  3. It is no longer socially acceptable for Dad to be the authority in the home.
  4. Children see their parents refusing to submit to authority which results in their unwillingness to accept a submissive role in life.

7 Observations on Parental Authority

  1. You must not be embarrassed to be your child’s authority.
  2. Our authority as parents comes from being an agent of God.
  3. We should never direct our children for our own convenience, but rather on behalf of God for their good.
  4. The purpose of our authority is not to hold our kids under our power.
  5. Our goal is to empower our children to be self-controlled individuals living under God’s authority.
  6. As parents, we must require obedience from our children because God’s word calls for obedience and the honoring of parents.
  7. Based on Mr. Tripp’s experience, children don’t generally resist authority when that authority is kind and selfless as described above.

5 Observations on Shepherding Our Children

  1. As a shepherd, our goal is to help our children understand themselves as a creation of God and their role as being made “for God.”
  2. The job of a parent is to lead children on the path of discovery.
  3. Our job is to shepherd our children’s thoughts to help them learn discernment and wisdom.
  4. We do this with open and honest communication.
  5. The Heart is the Focus of Shepherding (“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” [Proverbs 4:23])

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Blog Patrol (June 16, 2009)

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Welcome to “the traffic is a little bit lighter these days because everyone is on vacation” edition of The Blog Patrol. O.K. That actually has nothing to do with this weeks edition of The Blog Patrol but was just a random observation I made driving home on Monday. That said, enjoy the articles this week. There are a bunch of really thought provoking articles included.

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

As The Leader

  • This article offers some critical guidelines for leaders in Children’s Ministry.

Tuesday (June 9, 2009)

GIVE IT AWAY

  • Rob Bradbury looks at the scientific evidence that giving is better than receiving.

#556. Asking our kids to be a mini Jesus.

  • This post reminds us that kids, while they can deepen our faith, are not always “a walking, talking daily reminder of Jesus.”

Two Facts About Spiritual Warfare

  • In this first part of a two part series, Perry Noble looks at the fact that the enemy will always come after the leader and looks at ways to prepare for those attacks.

10 Reminders re: Gospel Faithfulness

  • Tony Reinke looks at 10 reminders about the gospel gleaned from Galatians 1:6-10

The Gift of Prophecy – How To Test It

  • Adrian Warnock looks at 7 questions to test the gift of prophecy.

Question: Is Evangelism Child Abuse?

  • Michael Spencer asks the question of whether or not evangelizing teens amounts to child abuse.

Sacrificing Children–to Sports, Not Molech

  • Owen Strachan offers this warning to parents about children and sports. This one is definitely worth reading for any parents.

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Blog Patrol (June 9, 2009)

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This is the Happy Birthday to the Ministry-To-Children.com blog. They turned two this week. The terrible twos – I can’t wait to see what that brings! Seriously though, when it was just Tony writing over there the sight showed up regularly in the Blog Patrol. Now that they have a slew of talented writers, I have to force myself not to include all of their blog posts. Anyone in children’s ministry or interested in children’s ministry should definitely add Ministry-To-Children to their favorites and their blog reader. That said, here is a rundown of this week’s favorite blog posts (and, yes, there are a lot from Ministry-To-Children.com).

Stragglers

These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Parents Rethinking Parenting, and Other Partially Encouraging Developments

  • This article from Owen Strachan looks a a growing trend in parenting in today’s society.

Tuesday Talk: Brent Weber

  • Brent Weber asks the question “How do you make worship something kids look forward to instead of something they dread?”

Tuesday (June 2, 2009)

10 Things Every Kids Pastor Should Know about Pixar’s UP.

  • I went to see the movie Up with my eight-year-old last Friday. It’s a good movie. This article looks at how you can use the movie in your Children’s Ministry.

Funny Job Requirements for Children’s Ministry

  • Tony Kummer from Ministry-to-Children.com summarizes a thread from cmconnect.org that looks at some real world requirements for working in children’s ministry.

Your first 12 months in children’s ministry

  • Ryan Frank offers up ten things that a new person in Children’s Ministry should focus on in their first twelve months.
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Wayne's Random Thoughts…Monthly Round Up (April 2009)

This blog is growing almost every day.  With that in mind, I thought it might make sense to do a monthly recap of the prior month’s posts in case new readers may have missed something.  My goal is to get this out in the first week of each month.  I barely made it this month.  Rather than a sequential listing of the posts for the month, I thought this would be more useful if I grouped things by category.  So, here are the posts to Wayne’s Random Thoughts for the month of April 2009:

Shepherding A Child’s Heart Synopsis

Monday Morning Prophecy

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The Blog Patrol (May 5, 2009)

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“The Blog Patrol” enters its second month of existence with this week’s post. I hope that everyone is finding it a useful summary of relevant blog articles. The response I’m getting is overwhelmingly positive, so I plan to continue “The Blog Patrol” indefinitely. There were two big conferences on Children’s Ministry this past week (Orange and Children Desiring God), which may explain the heavy Children’s Ministry content this week.

Wednesday (April 29, 2009)

Living a Life of Prayer

  • Terry Delaney provides insight into how to get your children to pray – both your own children and children you interact with in ministry.

Does God Love Everyone?

  • This article from Geoff Ashley looks at God’s love under the light of sovereign election.

#532. Arguing about why bad things happen to good people.

  • From Stuff Christians Like, this article looks at the age old question of why God allows suffering and what our response to it should be.

Your Child’s Profession of Faith

  • This article looks at Dennis Gundersen’s booklet “Your Child’s Profession of Faith” which deals with the issue of knowing whether or not your children are truly saved.

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