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What is DOCTRINE?

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If You Want It Done Right

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What Does God Hate?

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Six Ways to Persevere Through the Sluggish Times in Ministry

Have you ever had one of those days?  You know the kind – where you really aren’t “in to” what you’re doing and you feel like you rather be doing just about anything else.  What do you do when those times correspond to your time in ministry. I wrote this...

A New Definition of Family

If we are going to effectively work with and understand kids today, we have to understand what a family is. Family, after all, is a defining characteristic for all us - some for the better and some for the worse. It seems like an...

#3 – Don't Think More Highly of Yourself Than You Ought (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.

It’s not about you!  I repeat – it is not about you!  It’s not even about the kids.  It’s about God.  Free yourself from your pride and from the burden of thinking that it all depends on you.  Even if you are very very good at teaching kids (and you should try your hardest to be just that), always remember that God is in control.  When you really strike out with the latest lesson, do not succumb to the arrogant thought that you have somehow kept the children you are teaching out of the kingdom of God through your failure.  God always has been, and always will be, in complete control.  He wants to work through you, but he is certainly capable of working in your children’s lives in spite of you.  If you let yourself think for even a moment that you are the key to any part of your Children’s Ministry, you have given the devil a foothold.  Take that attitude to the cross right now, and repent of that way of thinking.

On a practical level, remember that you will mess up!  We all do.  If you can’t learn to laugh at yourself, you will slowly drive yourself (and everyone around you) insane.  If there is one thing you learn very early on working with kids it’s that working with kids requires humility.

Return to the Tips for Large Group Teaching in Children’s Ministry index page.

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