Topic - Ministry Focus, Discipleship
Equipping the Family to Do Discipleship
Jonathan Edwards declared, “Every Christian family ought to be as it were a little church, consecrated to Christ, and wholly influenced and governed by His rules. Family education and order are some of the chief means of grace. If these fail, all other means are likely to prove ineffectual.” It’s still true! If discipleship takes place in the homes of your church members, all other means of grace will become more effective. This seminar will equip you to train families in your church to play, to learn, and to serve together in ways that will strengthen your entire congregation.
Beyond Classroom Management
Attentive, well-behaved children sound like a teacher’s dream. But could this goal fall short of achieving something more important— training in righteousness? Let’s consider effective correction that connects heart attitudes with behavior. Our goal is not simply well-behaved children but children who joyfully submit to God.
Are They "in the Faith"?
Children raised in a Christian home with parents who faithfully bring them to church can learn how to behave like a Christian without being one. Often these children "accept Jesus" when they are very young, and subsequently assume they are Christians even when there is little evidence of new birth as they mature. In this seminar, we will consider a strategy for how to involve parents in preparing young people for baptism (or confirmation) in a way that encourages them to "examine" themselves to see whether they are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).
Encouraging God-Esteem in a Culture of Self-Esteem
Our culture is saturated with the unbiblical self-esteem myth, namely: My happiness and success is dependent on making much of myself. In this workshop we will explore how we can teach, love, and encourage children in such a way that they will find true happiness, not by making much of self, but by making much of Christ.