Musical Leadership for the Non-Musical

Catherine BrownFrom the Archives

Enjoy this article from our print archives. You’ve agreed to lead an afterschool activity club at your church.  Then you realize that music is an expected component of the program.  You don’t play a musical instrument and singing has never been your strong point.  You panic and think about backing out of your commitment. Wait!  Before making that decision, please consider the following strategies and practical ideas that I have found useful in incorporating music … Read More

Let Everything that Breathes (or Drums or Jingles) Praise the Lord!

Martha Bettis GeeFrom the Archives

Enjoy this article from our print edition archives! Praise God with trumpet sounds; Praise God with lute and harp! Praise God with tambourine and dance; Praise God with strings and pipe! Praise God with clanging cymbals! Praise God with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord! (Ps. 150:3-6) From an upright piano to a full pipe organ; from guitars and a bass and a full drum set to hand … Read More

Games Christians Play

Sharon Grace BudinEducators Making the Future

What are your favorite games? Are they classics like Monopoly or newer games like Apples to Apples? What do you like about them? As Christian Educators we are always looking for new and fun ways to engage people of all ages in learning Bible stories and Christian concepts. To that end, I propose that any game can become a Christian Education Game. Here are my disclaimers: 1) I am not a lawyer and I do … Read More

Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home

Traci SmithEducators Making the Future

When my oldest son, Clayton, was four months old, he contracted his first cold. The pediatrician said it wasn’t cause for alarm, to monitor him closely, and to bring him back if anything got worse. I spent the whole day worried. I trusted our doctor, but I was a fearful new mom, and my precious baby wasn’t well. That evening, my anxiety got the best of me, and I began to conjure up all kinds … Read More

Peace Puzzles 

Catherine DevinsEducators Making the Future

The idea for Peace Puzzles was born a few years ago, when Gwen Whiteman and I were on our way home from a regional APCE workshop. As a winding road out of the Blue Ridge Mountains led us home to Raleigh, NC, our conversation turned to resources for children. Gwen lamented the fact that she had searched for 20 years for quality Bible story puzzles to use in teaching. She could find Noah’s Ark with … Read More

Illustrated Children’s Ministry

Adam Walker CleavelandEducators Making the Future

I have a confession to make. I never really liked children’s ministry. And I hated children’s sermons. Now, as the founder of Illustrated Children’s Ministry, that sounds a little odd. But let me explain. First of all, when I say I hated children’s sermons, I should clarify that I hated the way they were usually  done in churches I served and visited. So often the children’s sermon or children’s moment or Moment for the Young … Read More