The Sunday School Zone Blog

The Sunday School Zone Blog contains insights on children’s spiritual formation as well as tips, ideas, and suggestions to help Christian parents and leaders as they work with kids of all abilities (and even adults with special needs) at home, church, and school. If you would like to contribute to the blog, please visit our Writer Inquiries page and then send us an explanatory email at [email protected] describing the kind of writing you’d like to do. We welcome those who have something of substance to say to Christian parents and teachers of children. You already know that Sunday School Zone offers tons of free, printable Bible activities for kids. If you think you’d like to contribute, please read more…

Lead Volunteers: Share The Opportunity

In this episode of Lead Volunteers (just over 2 minutes), Josh explains why you should perceive recruiting volunteers for your children’s ministry as an important aspect of discipling those people. As a leader, you are called to disciple those you lead. When you lead your people well, you are helping them grow in their walk…

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Lead Volunteers: Ask God, He Gives Generously

Are you good with handling the details of paperwork? What about keeping up with current and complicated tax laws? Taxes are complicated. Since I am not the greatest individual with whom to entrust details of paperwork, the responsibility of filing my taxes gets outsourced to a tax professional. Years ago, I called my tax guy…

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Inviting Kids Into The Kingdom Epic

My husband introduced our kids to Star Wars when I was out of town. A year later, I share space with several cheap lightsabers and a toy spaceship whose name I can never get quite right. Our kids don’t care if the characters look like them. They transform from pilots to princesses to robots to…

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The Child Discipleship Forum in Nashville, TN

As children’s ministry leaders, you’ve been called to child discipleship. Every week you fill the critical need for a loving, caring adult to pass on a legacy of faith to an incoming generation of children. Hundreds of thousands of leaders around the world commit themselves to this high calling. Time has revealed that, now more…

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Educating Our Children in the Ways of the World

“The ways of the world” typically carries a negative connotation. The Bible often refers to “the world” in a negative sense and, consequently, we often associate “the ways of the world” with that negative connotation. But at a more fundamental level, the Bible clearly affirms creation and “the world” in a very positive and God-given…

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Systems Take Time, Systems Make Time

Over the years, I have been accused of spending an inordinate amount of time on the front end of a task or project. I sometimes live by the old adage “kill two birds with one stone.” Instead of merely completing the task or project, I also create a system to make completing the same task…

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How Do We Raise Kids to Know, Love and Serve Jesus?

It’s an honest question. As a Body of Believers, we must address this question head-on. And, we need to do it quickly. Amid the rapid rise of secularism, especially among America’s youth, we need people, including you and others, to bring their perspectives, insights, and best practices to the table in an effort to find…

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Lead Volunteers: An Inheritance in Heaven

As humans, we all respond to rewards. We are motivated both intrinsically and extrinsically, and God knows that. God is a God of rewards, but I think we often forget that God has truly incentivized serving and sacrificing for the Kingdom of God. He knows the human heart, and He has thus set up the…

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Lead Volunteers: Promise Little, Produce Much

All of us in ministry desire to please the people we shepherd. Part of pleasing them involves letting them know what we want to do, our future vision, and future ideas. As these ideas and visions are shared, people begin to attach and latch on to the ideas that you bring to the table. They…

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