Opinion | Discipleship
Are Smart, Educated Women Still Called to the Church Nursery?
For women like me, children’s ministry can seem like low-level work for the least experienced.
For women like me, children's ministry can seem like low-level work for the least experienced. Before I went to seminary, I worked as a regular volunteer in children's ministry.
Opinion | Discipleship
Online Tribalism Threatens Women’s Ministry
From our special issue: reflections on discipleship in a fractured age.
While many churches recognize the need to staff and fund organized children's and youth ministries, fewer do the same for women's ministry, even though women statistically represent
Reporting | Church
The Pay Gap Is Worse for Pastor-Moms
How being married with kids complicates church compensation.
fellow CT publication) shows that pay gaps between men and women are highest for positions with lower salaries, including staff who oversee worship, children's ministry, youth ministry
Opinion | Discipleship
Six Ways to Inspire Confident, Contagious Faith in Your Kids
How do we help children and teens contend with the big questions? An apologist offers her take.
How do we help children and teens contend with the big questions? An apologist offers her take. It's not a question of if our children's views will be challenged, but when.
Opinion | Church
Dispatches from Charlottesville: What Happens When Neo-Nazis Are Outside Your Church Doors
The protesters came with torches. We sang, “This Little Light of Mine.”
in hiking gear or polo shirts and families making their way to the children's museum—turned She lives with her husband in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she works in lay ministry in the
Opinion | Family
Book List: Our Favorite New Releases for Kids
10 faith-enriching picture books.
We've reviewed some of the newest releases from Christian publishers to identify top-notch picture books that will engage children's souls and aid in their spiritual formation.
interview | Discipleship
A Stroke Freed Me to Redefine Beauty
Former model Katherine Wolf reveals how a nearly fatal experience altered her faith.
is that it will inform the rest of my life as well as my husband and children's lives. To learn more about Katherine and Jay Wolf's story and ministry, visit the Hope Heals website and follow
Opinion | Family
Give Your Kids the Gift of Absence
Time and attention are not the only ways to bless our children.
absence played a notable role in his ministry, and that he withdrew at times to attend to his own needs and to grow the disciples' leadership. As the mother of three young children, I'm
Reporting | Church
Why Millions Watched this Church Christmas Video
The underage narrators get the story right. Almost.
They prompted children to imagine scenes of the famous biblical narrative. What was Mary doing when the angel came to her? Just as Jesus invited the children to come to him (Matt.
Opinion | Discipleship
Why Advent Is More Jewish Than You Think
As a Messianic Jew, I see the rich origins of this liturgical season.
My husband and I are both Jewish followers of Jesus and wanted our children to connect with the hope and history embedded in both observances.
Opinion | Discipleship
What Women Want: More Opportunities to ServeSubscriber access only
Need Christians to help and lead at church? I know plenty.
Some might consider women's desire to take on roles beyond the children's ministry as a form of entitlement mentality. Yet, this is our calling to the Christian
excerpt | Family
Motherhood Is Physical—and So Is the Gospel
Encountering the Incarnation in birthing, breastfeeding, and bathing.
After my children's bath, I have been more than sprinkled with water—doused is more like it. She is a mother of three and serves alongside her husband in a community-based ministry.
Opinion | Pop Culture
Q+A: The Story Behind the Jesus Storybook Bible
Sally Lloyd-Jones wrote a kids Bible so popular that they’re releasing an adult version.
with children, and some friends have said they experienced the text differently without children, as more and are there lessons for us to learn about the way we do ministry among adults
Opinion | Sexuality
Trusting the Church After AbuseSubscriber access only
How I found comfort in continuing the conversation.
Speaking to my senior pastor was only a first step. Picking up my eldest from Sunday school, I pulled aside the children's ministry director, and asked if we could grab coffee later.
Opinion | Sexuality
A Hidden Opportunity in Your ChurchSubscriber access only
How Christ-centered hospitality can help families affected by autism.
Is the format of your kids' ministry too overwhelming for their child will often require extra attention and care, beyond what a Sunday school teacher can provide in a class full of children.
Opinion | Sexuality
Why We Really Put Our Kids in Sports
Our goodhearted support prioritizes athleticism more than we think.
rethink why we want our offspring to be bigger, faster, and stronger than the children of other parents, who are image bearers of their Creator, too. And the very life and ministry of Jesus
Opinion | Sexuality
My Toddler Survived Brain Cancer—Here’s What I Learned
7 things you should know, from a mom who’s been there
its midst. In these situations, we often we feel at a loss for words, utterly stunned that such young, innocent children face such punishing diseases. As
Opinion | Family
The Benefits of Having Other People Raise Your KidsSubscriber access only
Why doing it all alone isn’t the best (or most biblical) parenting strategy.
I only have one kid, after all, so why couldn't I keep up? Why couldn't I be like those other, better mothers, who dutifully tend to their many children all day long, all on their own?
Opinion | Sexuality
What Vacation Bible School Looks Like in a Nursing HomeSubscriber access only
We found some new VBS students: My grandmother and her friends.
grandmother. Sharing the old Bible stories in a simple way and making simple crafts might, on the surface, appear to be treating the elderly like children.
Opinion | Family
The Apologist MomSubscriber access only
Why Melissa Cain Travis thinks it's crucial for her to be a mother and an apologetics scholar.
of my earthly ministry turn out to be well-equipped, God-honoring sons who go on to impact the world for Christ, I could not ask for more. This is why I consider my children's apologetics