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Cultivating a Cutting-Edge Children’s  Church Session led by: Dick Gruber & Jason Rhode cmuo.com/workshops/kidschurch
What is Cutting Edge? <ul><li>R elational </li></ul><ul><li>A ge-level appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>I nclusive </li></ul>...
Session Outline <ul><li>Bible Basis </li></ul><ul><li>Brotherhood </li></ul><ul><li>Building Better Believers </li></ul><u...
Bible Basis <ul><li>Judges 2:10 </li></ul><ul><li>Psalms 8:2 </li></ul><ul><li>Joshua 8:35 </li></ul>
Brotherhood <ul><li>M eet with God & meet with each other </li></ul><ul><li>E verybody active in the Body </li></ul><ul><l...
Building Better Believers <ul><li>Preparing children for “adult” worship </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing children to be active...
Ideas for Transition <ul><li>Youth band </li></ul><ul><li>YP preaches </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation Sunday </li></ul><ul><l...
Body Ministry <ul><li>P rayer </li></ul><ul><li>A dministration </li></ul><ul><li>S ervice </li></ul><ul><li>T eaching </l...
Let’s Take a Break! <ul><li>We’ll continue in a few minutes… </li></ul>
Babysitting? <ul><li>C ountry Club Christians </li></ul><ul><li>O ut of sight, out of mind </li></ul><ul><li>N ever visit ...
Babysitting? <ul><li>M eet the Saint! </li></ul><ul><li>I nvite parents </li></ul><ul><li>B e there </li></ul>How can we a...
Balance <ul><li>Worship </li></ul><ul><li>Giving </li></ul><ul><li>Preaching </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer </li></ul>
Worship <ul><li>S low music as they enter </li></ul><ul><li>O pen with rules, prayer, theme </li></ul><ul><li>F ast chorus...
Giving <ul><li>Talents </li></ul><ul><li>Treasure </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul>Teach the 3 T’s
Preaching <ul><li>C hrist-centered </li></ul><ul><li>L et kids help </li></ul><ul><li>O vercome temptation </li></ul><ul><...
Preparation Basics <ul><li>Topic   Planner </li></ul><ul><li>Service Skeleton </li></ul><ul><li>Service Outline </li></ul>...
Go with the FLOW <ul><li>F oundational truth </li></ul><ul><li>L essons throughout </li></ul><ul><li>O pportunities for ap...
Using Technology <ul><li>Don’t over-do it! </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforce, don’t distract </li></ul><ul><li>Have a “Plan B” <...
How to Preach a Children’s Sermon <ul><li>State your theme </li></ul><ul><li>Scripture support </li></ul><ul><li>Someone t...
Prayer <ul><li>V ariety is importance </li></ul><ul><li>A nswers  (yes, no, wait, maybe) </li></ul><ul><li>L isten to God ...
Final Comments <ul><li>Pray! </li></ul><ul><li>Get organized </li></ul><ul><li>Plan ahead </li></ul><ul><li>Use your “thin...
Blessings You can have a cutting-edge service!
Q&A <ul><li>What final questions do you have? </li></ul>
Let’s Pray!
More Resources <ul><li>cmuo.com </li></ul><ul><li>childrensministryarchive.com </li></ul><ul><li>childrensministrytalk.com...
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Cultivating a Cutting-Edge Children's Church

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Pre-conference workshop by Dick Gruber and Jason Rhode entitled, Cultivating a Cutting-Edge Children's Church offered live at the 2008 National Children's Ministries Leadership Conference. For more details regarding this workshop and for links to additional resource materials and the slides referenced during the sessions, visit www.cmuo.com/workshops/kidschurch

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  • The psalmist exclaims, “children are a heritage from the Lord” (Ps 127:3), a gift of God’s grace to parents that they may train their children in the ways of the Lord (Ps 78:5-7). Yet it is often asked: Are my children saved? This question, of course, reaches its sharpest focus in the sad event of an infant’s death. Even unbelievers frequently seek some reassurance that their child is with God. What can we say to such parents, whether they be Christians or non-Christians? How are we to view our children’s relationship to God?

    The teaching of the Bible makes it plain that the children of believers belong to God. They are his children, given in trust to parents for the purpose of nurturing them to maturity in the knowledge of God. In the words of the prophet Malachi, God desires godly offspring (2:15). In the words of the apostle Paul, the children of believers are holy (1 Corinthians 7:14 - the same word is elsewhere translated as ‘saints’). In other words, the relationship that children of believers have with God under the new covenant is intrinsically the same as that which they had under the old covenant. Abraham’s sons were circumcised with the same sign and seal of salvation as Abraham received, in response to his faith in God.
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  • The psalmist exclaims, “children are a heritage from the Lord” (Ps 127:3), a gift of God’s grace to parents that they may train their children in the ways of the Lord (Ps 78:5-7). Yet it is often asked: Are my children saved? This question, of course, reaches its sharpest focus in the sad event of an infant’s death. Even unbelievers frequently seek some reassurance that their child is with God. What can we say to such parents, whether they be Christians or non-Christians? How are we to view our children’s relationship to God?

    The teaching of the Bible makes it plain that the children of believers belong to God. They are his children, given in trust to parents for the purpose of nurturing them to maturity in the knowledge of God. In the words of the prophet Malachi, God desires godly offspring (2:15). In the words of the apostle Paul, the children of believers are holy (1 Corinthians 7:14 - the same word is elsewhere translated as ‘saints’). In other words, the relationship that children of believers have with God under the new covenant is intrinsically the same as that which they had under the old covenant. Abraham’s sons were circumcised with the same sign and seal of salvation as Abraham received, in response to his faith in God.
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Cultivating a Cutting-Edge Children's Church

  1. 1. Cultivating a Cutting-Edge Children’s Church Session led by: Dick Gruber & Jason Rhode cmuo.com/workshops/kidschurch
  2. 2. What is Cutting Edge? <ul><li>R elational </li></ul><ul><li>A ge-level appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>I nclusive </li></ul><ul><li>S piritual </li></ul><ul><li>E xciting </li></ul>Read article at dickgruber .com/blog
  3. 3. Session Outline <ul><li>Bible Basis </li></ul><ul><li>Brotherhood </li></ul><ul><li>Building Better Believers </li></ul><ul><li>Body Ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Break </li></ul><ul><li>Babysitting </li></ul><ul><li>Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Blessings </li></ul><ul><li>Basics </li></ul>
  4. 4. Bible Basis <ul><li>Judges 2:10 </li></ul><ul><li>Psalms 8:2 </li></ul><ul><li>Joshua 8:35 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Brotherhood <ul><li>M eet with God & meet with each other </li></ul><ul><li>E verybody active in the Body </li></ul><ul><li>N ewcomers welcome </li></ul><ul><li>U nity in the Body </li></ul><ul><li>E very saint a partici-paint </li></ul>
  6. 6. Building Better Believers <ul><li>Preparing children for “adult” worship </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing children to be active members of the Body </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing workers for leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing the congregation for young dynamos </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing children for meaningful transition </li></ul>The cutting-edge children’s church should be…
  7. 7. Ideas for Transition <ul><li>Youth band </li></ul><ul><li>YP preaches </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation Sunday </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry training </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize method and form used by youth and adults </li></ul><ul><li>Pray for graduates </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage pre-graduation visits </li></ul>
  8. 8. Body Ministry <ul><li>P rayer </li></ul><ul><li>A dministration </li></ul><ul><li>S ervice </li></ul><ul><li>T eaching </li></ul>
  9. 9. Let’s Take a Break! <ul><li>We’ll continue in a few minutes… </li></ul>
  10. 10. Babysitting? <ul><li>C ountry Club Christians </li></ul><ul><li>O ut of sight, out of mind </li></ul><ul><li>N ever visit </li></ul>What causes this belief?
  11. 11. Babysitting? <ul><li>M eet the Saint! </li></ul><ul><li>I nvite parents </li></ul><ul><li>B e there </li></ul>How can we avoid this kind of belief?
  12. 12. Balance <ul><li>Worship </li></ul><ul><li>Giving </li></ul><ul><li>Preaching </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer </li></ul>
  13. 13. Worship <ul><li>S low music as they enter </li></ul><ul><li>O pen with rules, prayer, theme </li></ul><ul><li>F ast choruses first (unity) </li></ul><ul><li>T hen slow it down (PB & J) </li></ul><ul><li>L isten to God (testify) </li></ul><ul><li>Y ou are God’s leader </li></ul>
  14. 14. Giving <ul><li>Talents </li></ul><ul><li>Treasure </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul>Teach the 3 T’s
  15. 15. Preaching <ul><li>C hrist-centered </li></ul><ul><li>L et kids help </li></ul><ul><li>O vercome temptation </li></ul><ul><li>C urriculum? </li></ul><ul><li>K eepers (Bible Story, Scripture) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Preparation Basics <ul><li>Topic Planner </li></ul><ul><li>Service Skeleton </li></ul><ul><li>Service Outline </li></ul><ul><li>Sermon Planner </li></ul>
  17. 17. Go with the FLOW <ul><li>F oundational truth </li></ul><ul><li>L essons throughout </li></ul><ul><li>O pportunities for application and response </li></ul><ul><li>W rap-up and take it home </li></ul>
  18. 18. Using Technology <ul><li>Don’t over-do it! </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforce, don’t distract </li></ul><ul><li>Have a “Plan B” </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should </li></ul>
  19. 19. How to Preach a Children’s Sermon <ul><li>State your theme </li></ul><ul><li>Scripture support </li></ul><ul><li>Someone to help you </li></ul><ul><li>Say what you mean </li></ul><ul><li>Some it up </li></ul><ul><li>Seek the Savior </li></ul>
  20. 20. Prayer <ul><li>V ariety is importance </li></ul><ul><li>A nswers (yes, no, wait, maybe) </li></ul><ul><li>L isten to God </li></ul><ul><li>U nified response </li></ul><ul><li>E xpect miracles </li></ul>
  21. 21. Final Comments <ul><li>Pray! </li></ul><ul><li>Get organized </li></ul><ul><li>Plan ahead </li></ul><ul><li>Use your “think time” </li></ul><ul><li>Think it through </li></ul><ul><li>What’s hot? What’s not? </li></ul><ul><li>Build a team </li></ul><ul><li>Engage the kids </li></ul><ul><li>Involve the kids </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to them, not down at them </li></ul><ul><li>Keep your eyes & ears open </li></ul><ul><li>Themes & series help build momentum </li></ul>
  22. 22. Blessings You can have a cutting-edge service!
  23. 23. Q&A <ul><li>What final questions do you have? </li></ul>
  24. 24. Let’s Pray!
  25. 25. More Resources <ul><li>cmuo.com </li></ul><ul><li>childrensministryarchive.com </li></ul><ul><li>childrensministrytalk.com </li></ul><ul><li>childrensministryinsights.com </li></ul><ul><li>dickgruber.com </li></ul>cmuo.com/workshops/kidschurch

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