Opinion | Discipleship
I Inherited a Failed Sunday School. Here’s How It Flourished
Four counterintuitive keys to successful discipleship.
“No children's ministry,” I made him swear. While I'm sure my presence as a children's ministry volunteer would have been welcomed, there was no need or expectation of my presence.
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.
How to Do Kids’ Discipleship in the Woods
Creation care does more than conservation. It cultivates faith formation, says A Rocha.
It can be a real danger in children's ministry that we condescend to kids and treat them like their spirituality is something that will happen someday, something that we're responsible for
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
Opinion | Discipleship
The Great Commission Starts in Your Backyard
For parents, our most important mission field is closer than we think.
In one sense, it seems odd to think of our children as a strategic ministry objective from God; they're not strangers living in a different culture in a different part of the world.
Opinion | Family
Your Childhood Wounds May Be Hurting Your Marriage
Lessons from attachment theory on building secure and trusting intimacy.
Decades later, many psychologists and therapists now believe that the principles of attachment theory not only help parents meet their children's emotional needs, but they can also
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
CT Women’s Top 10 Articles of 2017: Kay Warren, Joni Eareckson Tada, and More
Readers rank the best posts of the year.
the #MeToo movement and the Women's March, launched an eight-part series on women's ministry (including a Her children try hard to take care of their own, but we're going to need
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 | 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.
Opinion | Family
When I Lost a Daughter, My Children Lost a Sister
Helping kids heal after sibling loss.
Opinion | Family. When I Lost a Daughter, My Children Lost a Sister. Helping kids heal after sibling loss. Meadow Rue Merrill. Image: Courtesy of Meadow Merrill. Helping children heal.
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
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
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 | 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 | 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
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 | Discipleship
How Government Support Saved Me
Signing up for food stamps changed my view of poverty in America.
It came as a little bit of a surprise to me—I had, after all, been a part of the WIC (women, infants, and children) program for almost seven years, starting with my first child.
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.