Child Discipleship: Discipling/Equipping Children for What is to Come #1

Tool for Primary Disciplers
THE INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP OF YOUR CHILDREN.

The days that lay ahead are going to become more and more difficult – you MUST prepare your children.  Ask God for wisdom as you disciple your children to be ready for whatever He has planned for them in the days ahead. Proverbs 2

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KEY:
Who is God?

PRAYER:

Ask the Triune God to give your child deep insight into who He is and to daily transform him/her to be more Christ-like.  Talk often with your children of how you are continually gaining a deeper understanding of who God is.

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YAHWEH IS SALVATION    Unit 8, Lesson 1

Isaiah’s name means Yahweh is salvation, and it summarizes Isaiah’s message very well – God alone is our savior and He has an amazing plan to do so. Isaiah lays out God’s plan for a savior to come from the tribe of Judah.

Who “God is” is the theme of Isaiah. Everything God does is about Himself (Isaiah 48:11). Therefore it is imperative that we KNOW God:

  • He is Holy – 6:3
  • He is full of grace – 6:7
  • His anger is fierce – 9:12, 17, 21        family
  • He is sovereign – 14:26-27
  • He is Redeemer – 43:1-7
  • He alone is Savior 43:10-13
  • He alone is King – 44:6-8
  • He is Provider 55:1-5
  • He IS – 57:15
  • He is Judge – 66:24

The entire book is one of encouragement for those who walk with God as Isaiah points towards God’s grace to a rebellious people. The ultimate act of grace is Jesus taking our sin upon Himself (Isaiah 53:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Take time to read through the above scriptures, pray over each one and ask the Lord to show you how Yahweh alone is our salvation.

Do you know God fully? Do your children know who God is?

As a family – take time to read through the above scriptures, pray over each one and ask the Lord to show you Himself in a deeper way.

Ask God to give you wisdom to help your children understand who He is.

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Child Discipleship: Children Developing A Relationship With The Triune God

Since writing the introduction to this topic (click here if you haven’t read Part 1  Emphasis of Your Children’s Ministry )the Lord has taken me on the most difficult and pain filled walk of my life.

Jesus4childrenThe anguish of this walk has let me experience just how vital a strong RELATIONSHIP with the Triune God is. It isn’t the Biblical knowledge that has given me the strength to  put one foot in front of the other (although that knowledge is vital to the outcome) – it has been the strong relationship I have with the Triune God.

I awoke in the middle of the night sobbing, totally alone; then I sensed the presence of Jesus. I KNEW He was with me as He has been since childhood.

Through the years, of an often difficult life, a film has played in my head… crowds gather around Jesus as He walks quickly through the city streets; He is determined in His walk and the crowd separates so He can move quickly. I am clinging to the hem of Jesus’ robe as He drags me behind Him.

 I don’t know why but that strange moving picture always has brought me comfort. 

Christmas, 2014

In the midst of a pain I never thought I would experience…  suddenly the above moving picture changed during worship with my daughter at a Christmas boutique. 

I am lying on the ground in a fetal position, Jesus is kneeling on His haunches next to me with one hand on me; He is continually looking out and around in a protective way, there are no other people in the picture. I wonder where the crowds have gone. 

3/15/15 The picture has changed again. 

I’m still physically in the fetal position; however as if my soul is beginning to cautiously look around, lifted above my body – what is that? Jesus I still see/feel Your gentle hand upon me as I lay there. You are still diligently looking, watching what is out around us. I see only the two of us.

 Thank you for this picture of comfort Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit 

I look forward to the day when we are walking through the streets hand-in-hand.

 It is this relationship with the Triune God that keeps me growing through all the pain. I know I’m not alone. I don’t know how this present circumstance will be worked out; I don’t know if there are more difficulties that lie ahead, I do know I can hold to the promise of Romans 8, including vs’s 17 and 28. I know I can cling to these truths because of the relationship I have with Almighty God.

How do we help children to develop this kind of loving relationship with the Triune God? (these are random thoughts – please add your own thoughts in the comments)

WE ARE INTENTIONAL AND DILIGENT IN OUR DISCIPLESHIP OF CHILDREN

  • Those who provide the intentional discipleship to children share their own walk with the Triune God – both the good and the difficult.
    • Disciplers cry with children and laugh with them.
    • Disciplers share joys, suffering, struggles with sin and the victory of overcoming.
    • Disciplers make no false promises – every promise is backed with Biblical truth.
  • God is all knowing, all powerful and all loving – God is sovereign.
  • The Bible is the final authority.
    • Children are taught the “whole counsel” of God. Acts 20:27
  • The Triune God is always the hero.
    • Demonstrate the importance of and how to make God the hero in their own story – everything is about God.
  • Humans are always in need of the Triune God.
    • Wisdom and strength to make right choices.
    • Forgiveness when wrong choices are made and the heart is repentant.
  • Children are taught from preschool that there is suffering; that God has a plan and a purpose for the suffering.
  • When the Fruit of the Spirit (or other such teaching) is taught it is clear that this Fruit is only given to those who have joined the Family of God through repentance, surrender, receiving God’s gift of grace – forgiveness.
  • Know child development so that all teaching is done according to how God created children to learn.

WE ARE INTENTIONAL AND DILIGENT IN DISCIPLING PRIMARY DISCIPLERS

  • Primary Disciplers talk often with their kids about their own walk with the Triune God.
    • Cry with them and laugh with them.
    • Share joys, suffering, struggles with sin and the victory of overcoming.
    • No lies, no false promises – always truth you can show them in the Bible.
  • Primary Disciplers pray sacrificially for their children.
  • Demonstrate the importance of and how to make God the hero in one’s own story.
  • The Family of God provides discipleship for Primary Disciplers.
    • Be emphatic about their need to be discipled so they can disciple their children.
  • Teach Primary Disciplers it is important for children to EXPERIENCE Biblical truth. Giving children the opportunity to experience the power of God
  • Primary Disciplers are discipled as they are trained to disciple other Primary Discipler’s children.

What else should we be doing to guide children to develop a strong relationship with the Triune God?  Please share.

 

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Child Discipleship: 2015 – You Can Change Lives

As many of you know this has been a difficult year for Joe and me – including his being hospitalized for the past month. With many complications, I have not had the time to send a year end letter to supporters.

Now that it’s the 21st Century I am using my Blog and Facebook to tell you, my supporters – and those who are led to help, how the Triune God is using KidTrek – Sunday Plus to significantly touch the lives of children and adults.

To continue providing training and curriculum to churches, you may give through PayPal (see on right side) or send a check to KidTrek, 1042 North Mountain Avenue, Suite B-205 Upland, CA  91786

Here are three glimpses of how KidTrek-Sunday Plus is making a difference…

 STORY ONE

sarahchildWhat do you do with a bunch of 6-10 year olds with English language challenges, learning disabilities, and emotional issues due to poverty and even trauma? How do you share God’s word with them? Through Kid Trek’s Sunday Plus after school material, our church based after school program has been able to bring the Word to LIFE for these precious ones.

Wanda has worked with every type of kid and writes her material to engage their minds, hearts, and hands. Every lesson is different and has been clearly prayed over and deeply thought over. I have treasured our two year journey through the old and new testaments. Especially unforgettable was the lesson where we taped up a huge 9 foot goliath and at the end of the lesson we took it down and all the kids got to STOMP on him! As they relished the tactile experience, I just prayed that they would approach their own challenges with such faith and boldness. The boys especially loved that lesson.

Also, I appreciate the commitment of the curriculum to memorizing and meditating upon Scripture. Kids in our center often reference the ten commandments now when discipline issues arise. I love that this is part of their conversations! Wanda has worked closely with me in tailoring the material to the needs of our kids and time constraints of the program. Because of her thoughtful curriculum, we are able to be intentional about our call in Deuteronomy 6  to talk about God’s word while we are sitting and walking by the road as we mentor these kids. The themes are incorporated into every aspect of our time with them from snacks, to games, to bible time. I just want to thank Wanda for having such a legacy among our kids and staff in downtown LA!

Sarah Romero Yetter
SAY Yes! First Evangelical Free Church of LA

 STORY TWO

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Pondering Goliath

“I get it!” are three words we hear regularly when using KidTrek on Sunday mornings.  The Reality Check, Chat ‘n Chew, games and activities all work together not only to teach God’s Word and keep the kids engaged, but to make them really think and internalize spiritual truths.

Wanda encouraged us to make this curriculum our own, and we have definitely felt comfortable doing so.  I have to say though that it’s a good idea to try her suggestions verbatim at least once, because you may be surprised at the results!  Who knew that wads of gum on a bulletin board would get everyone talking, or that suggesting a kid come to church with clothes on inside-out would make him understand how Noah stood alone to obey God?

Jeannie Beckmeyer
University Bible Church
Los Angeles, CA

 STORY THREE

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Tijuanan children wait in line to go to the store.

We would like to take the time to thank Wanda for the KidTrek curriculum. It is a great blessing to our children. Since using it, we have seen a great improvement with the children’s attendance. They have been more consistent in being there every Tuesday and Sunday, because they are very motivated with the club dollars and the club store. Most of these children don’t have much resources because they live in Tijuana as a result the club dollars has also been a great tool of motivation for them to memorize scripture.

TijuanastorePrior to using Sunday Plus they would really struggle to memorize scripture,  but now about 90% of the children are memorizing the monthly memory verse and are starting to apply it to their lives. Francisco was not very social and his attendance was sporadic.  Now he is always in every small group meeting and thrives on being part of the children’s group. The curriculum is a great blessing to these children. Please continue to pray for us, that we will have the strength to help and be a blessing to these children in Tijuana.

Floyd Soto
Tijuana, Mexico

KidTrek is presently serving ministries in California, New York, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Africa and Mexico. In the past year ministries have been trained and curriculum also sent to Alabama and Kentucky.

To continue providing training and curriculum to churches, you may give through PayPal (see on right side) or send a check to KidTrek, 1042 North Mountain Avenue, Suite B-205 Upland, CA  91786

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Child Discipleship: Christmas Gathering Questions

Nook Time: think of grandma’s house with the smell of cinnamon rolls baking and the sun pouring in — a place of warmth and security. This is what we want to create for the kids when they first arrive.

Disciplers sit on the floor with the kids and engage them in conversation.

The questions for this relational gathering time are non-spiritual but do tie to the scripture and concepts being taught at that gathering. Read through and see if you can connect the questions to possible concepts taught at Christmas. Are there some you could use in the next few weeks?

As you go through your lesson you can refer back to the discussion you had in the beginning – it brings the lesson alive and makes it personal.

  • Is there a promise that someone has made to you that you are still waiting to be fulfilled? You don’t have to tell us what it is but you may if you want to do so.
  • Why do you celebrate Christmas?
    No right or wrong answer here.
  • What do you have planned to do tomorrow?
    • Could those plans change? Why would they change? Do your plans seem to change often?
  • What is your favorite part of Christmas? Why?
  • What would you most like to know about the future? Why?
  • Have you ever had something happen to you that your glad you didn’t know it was going to happen before it did? If so, if you want to share it we’d love to hear about it.
  • What friend do you have today who you believe will still be your friend when you are an adult? Why do you think that is true?
  • Where would you like to live as an adult? Why?
  • Do you want to get married and have a family when you grow up? Why or why not.
  • What are your plans for this coming week?
  • Do you like to make plans? Why or why not?
  • In your family who is the one that does the most planning? Why do you think that is?
  • What is your favorite memory of Christmas?
  • Where do you think would be the most creative place to hide Christmas gifts?
  • Does hiding Christmas gifts require planning? Why or why not?
    It does because one has to think through who might go into that space.
    Timing also is important.
  • What would you most enjoy planning? How would you do it?
  • Would you like to know everything that is going to happen in the rest of your life? Why or why not?
  • Is there anybody you would like to get to know better? How would you go about getting to know them
  • Do you know what you will get for Christmas? Do your parents know that you know? What will you do, feel, if you are wrong?
  • When in your life have you ever felt the most joy?
  • What is the strangest thing you have ever seen?
  • Do you like being around babies? Why or why not?
  • What is wisdom?
    • Can a wise person do stupid things?
      Yes if you refuse to follow the wisdom/truth.
  • What planning has your family done to celebrate Christmas?
  • Who do you most enjoy spending Christmas with? Why?
  • What is your favorite Christmas decoration? Why?
  • Which holiday of the year do you most look forward to? Why?
  • Do you enjoy babies? Why or why not?
  • How old was the youngest baby you have ever held? What did you feel as you held the baby?
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What About Santa Claus? Reblogged, reblogged

Honesty within your family begins with you.

Jonathan_G_Meath_portrays_Santa_ClausDo you tell your child that she is the greatest soccer player in the world when you both know she isn’t? What will your child think, or at least wonder about, when she deserves a compliment that you give?

Does Aunt Mildred call and you tell your child to tell Aunt Mildred that you aren’t home? What have you now given him permission to lie about to you?

Do you hear your child bragging about something that he has done when you know that is a lie? Do you later talk to him about what was said? Or do you pass it off that he needs to be able to feel good about something – maybe because that is what you do yourself? What is the consequence going to be when the truth comes out?

What is important to you?

  • That your kids win the soccer game or that they play fairly.
  • That your kids get all A’s or that they study hard and do their best – regardless of the outcome?
  • That your kids are popular or that they are known for having an upstanding character?

What is your family tradition in regard to Santa Claus?

A young mother revealed to her 10 year old daughter that Santa Claus was all pretend. The child looked at her mother in shock and asked, “Now are you going to tell me that Jesus is pretend?”

Her mother assured her that Jesus was real – but could there be a doubt that persists in the child’s mind?

There is a strong emotional attachment to Santa Claus for children who believe that he is leaving them their gifts – not unlike feelings towards Jesus. Imagine what goes through their minds when they learn the truth of Santa Claus. If you have been lying to them about Santa Claus what else have you been lying about?

Santa Claus is a fun tradition; it’s okay to have fun, to “pretend” about Santa Claus, the fictitious character based on the historical St. Nicholas, but be clear with your kids about him from the beginning. Always distinguish truth (Jesus) from pretend (Santa Claus). Kids can enjoy Santa Claus and all that goes with him even though they know that he no longer lives. Tell your kids the history of St Nicholas. Explain that Santa Claus is a way we remember St. Nicholas and the good things he did in serving the poor. He did those things because of his love for Jesus. Search for St Nicholas on the internet to discover the history of this generous man who lived in the fourth century.

What should you do in regard to the tradition of Santa Claus? Ask the Lord what His will is for your family in regard to this tradition.

 

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Doing, Knowing or Relationship – What Do You Emphasize?

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How it thrills our hearts to see children reading their Bibles – especially when they are excited to read the Bible.

What is our real desire for the children as they gain Biblical knowledge?

 

Recently two books have been given to me that have taken me back to my earliest memories: lying in bed – recapping my day with my best friend, Jesus. As a child I was so aware of the love of the Triune God. I was also aware that I could grieve God – not because someone told me, but because I just knew in my inner spirit. I can take no credit for this – it was a gift from God.

As a child I couldn’t have told you what Grace was, nor could I tell you what ultimate Truth was (well I could but I wouldn’t know that was what I was telling you). What I did KNOW was that I had an amazing relationship with the Triune God who was with me every moment of every day – He never left me. I KNEW that God loved me more than any other person loved me. I KNEW that though I was teased at school because I couldn’t speak right and because I was fat that Jesus would always love me. He was my best friend with whom I could talk continuously.

Throughout my life I’ve been blessed to have an amazing relationship with the Triune God.

Shouldn’t this be the ultimate goal for leaders in Children’s Ministry? Children developing a dynamic relationship with the Triune God.

What gets confusing and difficult is that:

  1. We must KNOW who God is and what He has done for us before we can truly love God.
  2. The result of loving God is the desire to obey.

Why do these two statements cause confusion as we disciple children to walk with Almighty God?

It is easier to quantify and test knowledge than it is to see concrete growth of a relationship. It is gratifying to see results which lead us to unconsciously put more emphasis on knowledge than on relationship.

This is true of obedience also – it is easier to grade obedience than relationship. (Click here for Legalism Begins in Children’s Ministry  )

Children’s Pastors/Directors do not sit in their offices and think, “How can I raise up legalistic, pride-filled children? We just do it.

(Pride fills them up because of all the knowledge they have without the relationship).

When my youngest child was born (43 years ago) I was so panicked that my three children wouldn’t walk with God into eternity I began crying out to Him to show me how to raise children so they would walk with Him. I continue to cry out to God – how do we raise up children to walk with You into eternity?

I am going to continue to ponder this – in my next post I will share what I believe the Lord is showing me on how to CONCIOUSLY get around the trap of raising up legalistic, pride-filled individuals.

Ponder this for yourself and share what you believe the Lord shows you.

If you want to read one of the most important things I believe the Lord taught me which shaped not only my parenting but also how I led Children’s Ministries click here My Heart’s Cry

 

 

 

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Child Discipleship: Gospel Scavenger Hunt

 

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GOD LOVES YOU GOSPEL TRACT   This is the link to the tract mentioned below in the curriculum.

Don’t go past page 17 of Gospel Tract in a group – go through remainder when they come to you one one.

For more on presenting the Gospel to children here are a couple of links.

Presenting the Gospel to Children
Salvation Terms Made Concrete

This is a review game to play after you have gone through the gospel with the children.

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Child Discipleship: Chairs, Tables, Benches or Floor?

 

The Discipler and 2nd graders sat on the floor huddled together deep in conversation; they hadn’t even noticed that I stood at the door listening.  

 

Mrs. A:       This has been a great discussion, who has a prayer request?

Jacob:        (Hesitantly) I do. (Then he sat there – quiet)

Mrs A:        (Reached across the circle and laid her hand on Jacob, she knew what was                               happening in his life, gently she encouraged) What is it Jacob?

Jacob:        (Barely at a whisper; everyone leaned towards him) Tomorrow I have to                        tell the judge if I want to live with my father, my mother, or my grandmother. I                   don’t know what to do; I love all of them.

Mrs. A and the other children drew in close to Jacob and began to pray for him. Yes there were tears – mine included.

Imagine this scene but the children are sitting on chairs at a table, what if they had been sitting on benches? Would Jacob have even shared his deepest need?

I am a big believer in doing ministry on the floor with children so we can be close to them. Remove all barriers between you and the children.

I was a Human Relations Major in college and one of the things that stuck with me was that psychologists don’t sit behind a desk when they are doing counseling because a desk is a concrete barrier between the psychologist and client.

When we are on the floor with the children we are one of them; we can reach each child – it all begins with a strong philosophy of child discipleship.  What is Child Discipleship?

Let the Children Come to Me And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. (Mark 10:13-16 ESV)

 What is your Philosophy behind the way you setup the children’s rooms in your church?

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Child Discipleship: Zacchaeus Review Game

To access reproducible Zacchaeus Game Board click here

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If you like this game check out the unique philosophy of Sunday Plus; as well as Sunday Plus Curriculum

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Child Discipleship: Primary Disciplers, How Are You Influencing Your Children?

Over the past week my heart has been heavy as I’ve thought of young people who aren’t walking with God; others who are just nominally walking with Him. I feel the anguish of their parents.

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Mom, Dad and Me

What was it in my life that led me to have such a connection to the Triune God at a young age? 

It began with my mom and dad, my Primary Disciplers, walking faithfully with the Triune God. In our home God was the center of everything. I KNEW due to their actions, their talk, the way they spent their time and money, that a relationship with the Triune God was the most important relationship I could ever have.

They were very involved in our local church and made sure I was also. Our local church was like a second home to me.

I have a memory of one day standing and watching my mother as she adjusted the old dress, attempting to make it look better with the jewelry she had. She was getting ready to go to school where she taught kindergarten and first grade children.

I don’t know how I knew; maybe I had overheard my mom and dad talking, but I knew that my mom had saved up enough money to purchase a new dress; then she heard of someone who had a greater need than hers and she gave the money to them.

In my 9 year old wonder I stood behind her and watched her get dressed, marveling at what she had done – a memory that has never left me.

My mom was a huge influence in my life, she taught me what it meant to walk with God. I doubt she knew how much she taught me – I could tell you a lot more stories.

From my childhood I had been taught to walk by faith, it had been modeled for me in so many different ways. I had been taught to have confidence in God – to trust Him.

Dad giving my son, Joseph, a ride on the tractor.

Dad giving my son, Joseph, a ride on the tractor.

I was a young mom and we didn’t have the money to purchase our son shoes for school. Joe and I had been praying about what to do. Then one day I opened the front door and found an envelope laying on the stoop, inside was a couple of hundred dollars in cash and a note, “Love from Jesus.”

A few weeks later my dad and I were on a walk around his farm as I told him what had happened. “Wanda, how can you live like that – so on the edge?”

I was shocked and responded, “Dad, we are just living the way you taught me to live. You taught me to walk in faith, to do whatever the Lord sets in front of you to do. You are the one who taught me to trust God.”

My dad was a huge influence in my life and he didn’t even know it, he wasn’t aware of what I had learned from him.

Primary Disciplers (those responsible to raise a child) are the primary influencers in a child’s life.

How are you influencing your children?

Ask the Triune God to give you the  strength and desire to walk with Him in faith so you will influence your children to walk through life with God – regardless of where He takes them. 

 

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