Issue of Children's Ministry Magazine: March/April 2014
Find out great ways you can introduce the wonder and awe of God to
kids in your ministry.
The Era of Anything Goes
Take a close look at the cultural landscape kids are
growing up in. Don't miss this must-read primer on kid
Here's how you can overcome the challenges of
your entire team to do the same.
Sharing space is about more than respect and divvying up cabinet
Three Pillars for Your Ministry
Losing focus in ministry? Discover three foundational
mainstays that'll help you create a ministry built to last.
Playing From the Heart
Discover how this great violinist's faith can give your ministry a
10 colorful experiences to deepen kids' understanding of the
gospel message this Easter.
Birth to 2
Where is Jesus? empty tomb peek-a-boo, fostering
cooperation, plus more.
Ages 3 to 5
Lost coin game, palm praises, big welcomes start small,
Ages 6 to 9
Transfiguration scene, roll away the biscuit, more than a
story, plus more.
Ages 10 to 12
Great banquet, bird feeder stars, brain boost, plus more.
Take what you need, sweet dream in a bag, one hope
Building blocks, including single-parent families, Walk
With Jesus Easter kit.
"Special" treatment, accommodate for latecomers, buddy
Scattering kids, making fun of others, volunteer
Expert insights from children's ministry leaders.
From the Editor:
We can learn a lot from fairy tales. Or maybe fairy tales have
learned a lot from us- from our faith.
Cinderella contends with an evil stepmother. Snow White faces the
evil witch. Peter Pan battles Captain Hook. Hansel and Gretel fend
off an "ungodly witch" who wants to eat them.
Scary stuff. Make-believe. Yet reflections of a child's
Fairy tales work because children are small and helpless. They
fear the monsters under
their bed, what's in their closet, the darkness of night. They
don't know why, but they sense that all is not well in their world.
They fear there's an enemy-someone who
would do them harm. It's as though deep in their spirits, they
know that good and evil battle around them.
And this is what fairy tales through the ages have taken from the
ultimate truth-the battle between good and evil.
In the truth of Scripture, we see an epic battle between God and
his archenemy-the devil. It begins in the Garden of Eden with
humanity's fall. And it flows through the ages with people living
in darkness under
the curse of sin. In defeating death, Jesus becomes our Savior who
breaks the curse. And ultimately, the final victory cry will sound
with Christ's return to claim us.
This is epic! It's adventure! It's real! This is what we're about
in children's ministry. We're waging war for the lives and souls
children. We're on our knees praying for God to intercede and
battle for them. We're using the sword of the Word of God in
amazing learning experiences that bring children to faith in
Christ and help them grow.
This is what Easter is about. This is what our faith is about.
We're the good guys on the side of the One who is guaranteed
victory. We have power that we aren't even
fully aware of.
Exodus 15:2-3 says that "The Lord is my strength and my song; he
has given [us] victory. This is my God, and I will praise him-my
father's God, and I will exalt him!
The Lord is a warrior; Yahweh is his
This is the God we serve and this is who battles with us for the
hearts, minds, and souls of children he has entrusted to us! May
you experience his amazing power this Easter in your life and
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