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CDM’s Children’s Ministry with Purpose Grow Blog connects you with people and resources to disciple the children in your church. Read as we write about children’s ministry opportunities and challenges, connecting with leadership, how to cast vision, and many more important topics.

Discipline Policy

Discipline Policy All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2Timothy 3:16 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11 As teachers, we must be PROACTIVE. We must set a tone, an atmosphere that helps each child to enjoy and benefit from our lessons and activities. We want to maintain a reasonably orderly environment and yet not be too behavior focused. Behavior is an outflow of the [...]

Teaching Children to Bring Their Cares to God

Teaching Children to Bring their Cares to God The children who enter the children’s ministry classroom each week do not leave their baggage at the door. They arrive with all the feels accumulated throughout the week. They carry with them worries, sorrows, and cares from life lived in a fallen world. One child might be worried about a test at school the next day. Another might bear anger toward a sibling for breaking a beloved toy earlier that morning. Still another might feel the weight of failure over a lost soccer game the day before. Such emotions often feel heavy for children. They are seldom equipped to know [...]

Hopefully Devoted to Jesus

Hopefully Devoted to Jesus During much of my early adolescence, I was absolutely infatuated with Olivia Newton-John—for her Aussie accent as well as her music. It all began with the movie Grease, and one of her many hit songs from that musical: “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” In my foolish pre-teen mind, this song perfectly summed up my allegiance to a woman who was much too old for me (and way out of my league). I’m sure my parents hardly in favor of this heart devotion of mine! As Christian parents and grandparents, we understand that our children, in their foolish immaturity, will become hopelessly devoted to all the wrong [...]

Not All Questions Are Equal

Not All Questions Are Equal What an amazing opportunity we have Sunday after Sunday. God’s people gather to worship the Lord, listen to the preaching of the Word, and then it’s off to Sunday School where we get to teach our young ones the glorious truths of the gospel. As teachers, we spend the week in preparation, making sure we know the nuances of the passages and the best way to share the lesson. Perhaps we’ve thought of a game to either reinforce the lesson, or to help build vital relationships among the classmates (much more than classmates, but fellow members of the covenant community!). Maybe there are [...]

There is Still Time to Plan for Summer

There is Still Time to Plan for Summer Are you in the middle of planning your summer for children's ministry? Are you still thinking through a VBS option for the summer? CDM offers a curriculum that provides in-depth Bible lessons, emphasizes Scripture memory, is Gospel centered and is FUN for children and adults alike. If you are not familiar with Reachout Adventures, take a look at the benefits of Space Probe. Although the Space Probe curriculum is intended for a week-long Vacation Bible School, there are various ways you can adapt this curriculum to fit your church!  Check out this post to read about how you can even [...]

Children’s Ministry Leadership Training Retreat 2023

* Be Encouraged * Be Equipped * Be A Part of Our Community * Be Renewed * Be Refreshed Children's Ministry and Church Leadership Training Retreat 2023 Ridge Haven Conference & Retreat Center April 18-20, 2023 The Children's Ministry Leaders at your church (pastors, children's ministry staff, volunteers in leadership roles, nursery coordinators.), are invited to CDM's annual Children's Ministry Leadership Retreat at the Ridge Haven Retreat Center at Brevard in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Come join a community of leaders of the PCA, who are passionate about reaching the next generation for Christ! Meet [...]

Save the Date for our Grow Virtual Conference

Grow Virtual August 19th -20th, 2022 As we gathered with children's ministry leaders from around the country at our annual Leadership Training Retreat this past April, one of the many topics which came up in conversation was the need for resources to help train our teachers in the local church.  At CDM we want to help you with that this year! Plan to participate in the Children’s Ministry Grow Virtual Conference on August 19-20, 2022. You can gather a group of teachers and volunteers at your church to participate in a livestream and recorded weekend of training. You’ll want to gather your volunteers on those dates if possible [...]

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