Children

How to Lead a Child to Christ

Leading a child to Christ is one of the most exciting things you will ever do. It can also be intimidating. Remember that, while God has called you to share this message, it’s the work of the Holy Spirit that leads a child to give his or her life to Christ.

Don’t give into your fears. Pray first. Then, invite the Holy Spirit to work with you as you share.

1. Be Conversational

When counseling one-on-one with a child, be conversational. Ask open-ended questions, then listen closely to the child’s reply. Questions to ask a child might include:
• Who is Jesus?
• What is sin?
• What is a Christian?
• Why do you want to become a Christian?
• How do you feel? (Sometimes the feelings we have are God’s way of speaking to us.)
• What has led you to start thinking about becoming a Christian?
• How long have you wanted to be a Christian?
 

2. Use the Bible

During the conversation, show the child verses in the Bible. Slowly explain the following verse to the child.

Telling the Story with Bible Storying

Bible Storying

I love the old hymn, “Tell me the Story of Jesus, write on my heart every word. Tell me the story of Jesus. Sweetest that ever was heard.” As believers, telling others the sweet stories of God’s word is so important.

Are you looking for new ways to tell the sweet story of Jesus?

If so, Tell the Story: Bible Storying for Kids was created for you! With Bible storytelling tips and tools, 40 chronological stories, 60 customizable activities and a Bible story cloth, this resource makes Bible storying simple. Tell the Story also comes with a 5 day plan that provides you with five stories, craft ideas to reinforce each story, recreation ideas and more.
 

Tips for Getting to Know Your New Missions Group

Your first gathering with new GAs, RAs, or CAs is a great opportunity to set a joyful tone for the year. Show children your care for their lives and your enthusiasm for the people of the world with games, great conversation, and prayer.

Getting to Know St. Louis

This month, we hope you'll lead your group in learning about the Lovelace family and the gospel work that is happening in St. Louis, Missouri.

Throughout the month, you'll learn about:

  • the Gateway Arch
  • the answered prayers of the Lovelace family
  • how the Lovelace family makes disciples in their hometown
  • the value of teamwork
  • the importance of participating in Christmas in August

Here are some St. Louis fun facts you can share with your group as you dive deeper into understanding the people, city, and spiritual needs of St. Louis:

Welcome to the “Big Top”

Come one, come all. Step right up to the main event—a new year in missions!

As you warm up for this year's Unshakable act, your pre-show checklist might look a little like mine:

  • decorate the meeting space
  • purchase materials
  • organize supplies
  • study the lesson
  • schedule monthly missions projects

All of these things are very important and will help ensure a smooth start. But, before the show can begin, it's important to consider ways you can prepare your heart to welcome a diverse group of kids to an exciting year of missions learning and action.

It's easy to appear ready on the outside; but if you haven't prepared yourself on the inside to communicate love with the children you lead, you may miss out on valuable opportunities to share the real reason why you do what you do each week. Will your actions and attitudes enable each child to know Jesus and be burdened for those who don't?

Welcome kids to the "Big Top" with these performance tips as you lead each week:

To Be or Not to Be

From Greece to the present day, actors and actresses have worn masks during performances to transition from one character to another. During Elizabethan days, one actor could portray various parts of a play simply by wearing a different mask on the stage.

While we don’t wear physical masks as we go through daily life, some of us nevertheless mask the feelings, thoughts, and even pain we are carrying around on the inside.

Recently, I was talking with a friend about a member of her family. Her family member is struggling with the consequences of a decision made years ago. From all outward appearances, the family member seems well adjusted and seems to have their life together. However, behind the appearance—behind the mask they are wearing—is a huge amount of pain and suffering few know about.

While my job as an editor and writer often requires me to share personal experiences, I tend to be more private about my personal life. No, I don’t hold a mask in front of my face. But, I am an expert at disguising what’s really happening inside.

This Month - August 2018

 

August 2018 Ideas


August: Lygia Lovelace's Testimony

I chose to make Jesus my Lord and Savior when I was 9 years old. I was always active in church. I was even a GA and an Acteen! The things I learned in GA and Acteens influenced my heart toward missions.

I dearly loved my GA leader. She loved us, too, because she also taught us when we became Acteens! When I was 15 years old, our youth group at church went to a missionary commissioning service. As I watched the new missionaries stand and make a commitment to missions, I felt God calling me to be a missionary, too. I have never forgotten that calling.

My husband, Ken, and I served with the International Mission Board for 4 years as church planters in Portugal. Today, we serve with the North American Mission Board as church planters in St. Louis, Missouri.

RA Trek

RA Trek inspires RAs along their path of spiritual growth and missions education. RA Trek helps boys in grades 1-6 personalize and reinforce the missions concepts they learn during their regular RA chapter meetings. 

This optional individual achievement plan provides leaders with individual, age-appropriate Treks for Lads and Crusaders, over 120 suggested activities for your RAs, useful forms, award information, and much more!

RA History for RA Trek: In 2009, the North American Mission Board produced a brief history of Royal Ambassadors titled RAs: Celebrating the First 100 Years. As you work through RA Trek, you will use this history to better understand the importance of RAs in teaching boys to be Ambassadors for Christ. 


RA Trek Resources

Leaders may purchase the following items to support RA Trek in their church:

Bridging the Gap: Transitioning from GA, RA, and CA to Student Ministry

Change can be hard. It can be especially hard on a child. When the time comes for your GAs, RAs, or CAs to move up and move out, how can you help them with this transition? Here are three simple steps that might help.

Communication Is Key
Open lines of communication between children, parents, and student ministers are essential to a successful transition. Have conversations with your GAs, RAs, or CAs about what they will experience in their new environments. Keep parents informed about any potential events or recognition services that will help bridge the gap between children and student programs. Talk to the student leader(s) in your church. Plan a joint event that will provide the upcoming students with a positive and uplifting experience.

Which Children’s Program Is Right for Me?

When making decisions for your children's ministry programming, it's always a good idea to be aware of the issues involved. Deciding which program is right for you can be hard, and there are many paths one might take. We often receive calls from children's ministers and parents alike who find themselves stuck between two paths. Often, the choice is between our traditional children's organizations like Girls in Action and Royal Ambassadors and the coed group AWANA. The following provides an in-depth look at the differences between these two programs. You can also look over this comparative breakdown between other popular program materials.

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