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The Children's Ministry Blog Patrol (September 2009)

Childrens Ministry Blog Patrol

The NEW AND IMPROVED Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol seems to have been a success. I hope that you will find this month’s equally as useful. There are a lot of people out there dedicated to Children and Children’s Ministry publishing great and useful stuff on the internet. This is my attempt to try to compile some of the best of that information into one place for your perusal.

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I’ve added a new feature this month to accentuate those articles which I feel are “must reads.” Well, frankly, I think they’re all must-reads, but for the best-of-the best, I’ve added this graphic to the right of the title. If you’re running low on time, make sure that you check out these articles at a minimum!

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Feed My Lambs (Synopsis of Come Ye' Children – Chapter 1)

chs-grayBrief Background on Spurgeon

Charles H. Spurgeon lived from 1834 through 1892 and is known as “The Prince of Preachers.”  He was the pastor at New Park Street Chapel in London for 38 years beginning in April 1854 at age tender age of 19.  A prolific writer and preacher, Mr. Spurgeon authored over 3,500 sermons, numerous books, letters, and much more.   He is most well known for his voluminous sermons, his commentary on the Psalms called “A Treasury of David” and his Mornings and Evenings Devotionals.  Mr. Spurgeon was a master teacher, and he held a special place in his heart for children.  He built an orphanage for boys and girls, promoted the teaching of God’s Word to young children, and generally held children in rather high esteem for his day and age.

At some point in his preaching career, Mr. Spurgeon wrote a small book titled “Come Ye’ Children” named after the well known scripture from Psalm 34:11.  The book is subtitled “A Book for Parents and Teachers on the Christian Training of Children” and is recognized as one of the most valuable books ever written on the subject the Christian training of Children.  It has been used in seminaries since Spurgeon penned it for instructing students on the conversion of children.

Over the next twenty-plus weeks, we will look in depth at this gem handed down to us from the “Prince of Preachers.”  We will see that, although written over 100 years ago, Mr. Spurgeon offers timeless truths and practical ideas for teaching kids about Christ gleaned from the Word of God.  I hope that through this rather detailed synopsis, a whole new generation of Children’s Pastors and Children’s Ministry workers will benefit from the biblical wisdom Pastor Spurgeon offers in this work over 100 years ago.  I am passionate about working with children, and I have included many editorial comments in this synopsis which support or, hopefully, expand on Mr. Spurgeon’s original words.  I have included a link at the bottom of each post to the original text for each chapter.  I hope that will help you to distinguish between my thoughts and those offered by Mr. Spurgeon.  With that said, let’s get started with Chapter 1!

Chapter 1 – “Feed My Lambs” – How to Do It

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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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Blog Patrol (May 26, 2009)

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Welcome to the Memorial Day week edition of the Blog Patrol. I must have seen 50 or so blog posts on Monday about Memorial Day. I’ve only included one here in this week’s Blog Patrol. That said, I would like to take a moment to thank all the brave men and women who are currently protecting our country or have in the past. Your service is invaluable, and we should remember it and offer you thanks more than one day a year!

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!

Are You Open Minded?

  • In this article, Barry Wallace looks at the interplay between arrogance and supposed open-mindedness that has become such a popular notion in our society.

In Love with Being in Love with God

  • From Elemental Children’s Ministry, this post looks at the issue of putting high value an emotional reactions in Children’s Ministry.

Tuesday (May 19, 2009)

Talking About Talking About Abortion

  • This article includes Dr. Albert Mohler’s take on President Obama’s recent commencement speech at Notre Dame University.

Can I Know God’s Will?

  • Tim Challies steps away from reviewing books for a moment and offers this exceprt from R.C. Sproul examining the age old question of whether or not we can know the will of God.

The problem with Sunday School

  • Kenny Conley offers his observations on problems with the Sunday School model for teaching children as opposed to a small group format.

Sons

  • For any parents of sons out there, this article looks at the fact that many of the things we see a negative characteristics in our sons are reflected of our attitude towards God.

Out of the Mouths of Babes …

  • Thomas Jefferies offers yet another verification that God talks to us through our kids. In reading about his reaction, I was reminded of the time I had a similar experience with my seven year old. I wrote about it here in a similarly titled post: From the mouth of babes….

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