On Saturday, January 15th, from 8:30am until 11:30am, Sojourn’s East Campus will be hosting a Take Control of Your Finances seminar. You can register here. One of the tracks at the seminar will be led by Pastor Bryce Butler on “Creative Ways to Teach Personal Finances to Your Children.” If you are a mom or dad, this is something that you should sign up for right away. Below is an outline of Randy Alcorn’s article on ways that parents can help their kids learn to think biblically about money. Alcorn is the most thoughtful thinker on this subject that I’ve encountered so far. I’ve also started a forum discussion over at the children’s ministry help desk to gather creative ideas for teaching stewardship to children in a gospel-centered way. Offer your ideas there or in the comments. Here is Alcorn’s outline:
1. Give your children something greater than money—your time.
2. Use life’s teachable moments to train your children.
3. Take a field trip to a junkyard.
4. Teach your children to link money with labor.
5. Teach your children how to save.
6. Get your children started on the lifetime adventure of giving.
7. Provide your children with financial planning tools.
8. Teach your children how to say “No.”
9. Show your children how family finances work.
10. Never underestimate the power of your example.
Over the past several months, I’ve fallen in love (so have my little girls) with a new DVD series title What’s In the Bible with Buck Denver. The first several of what will be a 13-DVD overview of the Bible was released beginning in the summer of 2010.
The videos contain the kind of silly songs and general cleverness that you’d expect from the creator of Veggie Tales (but this time told with puppets and live action characters in addition to animation), but it doesn’t focus on the simple character lessons that the old Veggie Tales videos did. Instead, the new series gives an overview of the entire Bible with a focus on God’s redemption story, that is, “the story of God and what He’s done for us.”
Beginning in mid-August of 2011, SojournKids will be studying the book of Genesis. I’ll be featuring a lot of great resources that we’ll be using in our classrooms and that you can use at home. Even though that is a long way away, I thought I’d whet your appetite with a little bit of Genesis in this first week of the year. Here is a great Genesis overview song from What’s in the Bible? that I’m certain we’ll use at least once in the months to come: