A sermon (with outline) by Bruce Ware, professor of theology at Southern Seminary and the author of Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God (Crossway, 2009).
“Dramatic play” centers like the “kitchen center,” “dollhouse,” and “home/baby” centers provide opportunities for children to recreate life experiences—exploring the roles of people and structures in their family and community. This is the teacher’s opportunity to learn about the child, and relate the gospel to all of life.
Kitchen Center: Use the Center:
- Ask Questions: Do you like to help your mom and dad with chores? What do you help with? What is your favorite food? What kind of food are you making?
- When kids set the table to eat, ask them to pray before their “meal.”
- Encourage the kids to take turns and share at the table. When a child takes a toy from another, encourage asking for and extending forgiveness.
This is the final book club installment for the volume Perspectives on Family Ministry Here is a series of links to the entire series:
- Perspectives on Family Ministry
- Family Ministry Assumptions
- Foundations for Family Ministry
- The Family Integrated Church
- Family-Based Ministry
In the final two chapters, the Family-Equipping model of ministry is advocated by Jay Strother, Emerging Generations Minister at Brentwood Baptist Church in the Nashville, TN, area. I was privileged to meet Jay at a conference at the Connecting Church & Home conference at his church this past Summer, and he has been invaluable to our children’s ministry as we made plans to launch our first multi-site this year.
Jay begins his chapter with the usual complaints about the contemporary youth/family ministry situation. He notes that “despite strong interest in religion and even active participation in vibrant churches, millions of students in our ministries were unable to articulate even the most basic tenets of Christian faith… Despite all the investments and supposed advances in age-organized ministries over the past thirty years, churched children and youth are growing up less likely than ever before to have a biblical perspective on life” (141). While these complaints are usual, I want to agree with Jay that they are serious. I think that our kids’ inability to articulate doctrine is somewhat more serious than the dropout statistics often referenced. As I read to this point in Jay’s chapter, I found myself wondering, “Yes, but is this a problem with our philosophical model or merely a problem with the content that we’re teaching?” Jay’s answer is “Both.” Continue Reading…