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Join the 2022 Class!

  The Application Deadline is Quickly Approaching 2022 will begin our 4th year of students participating in the online children's ministry training program for non-ordained staff and CM leaders! Have you considered being one of the participants in next year's class? We have over 120 men and women from across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico who have been or will soon be certified in the PCA. Not only will you receive theological training in children's ministry, but you will also receive practical training on a variety of topics from volunteer training, to planning special events, to training children in worship. Each month [...]

Why Should We Teach Our Children Covenant Theology?

Why Should We Teach Our Children Covenant Theology? Even though many Christian parents raise their children in covenant communities, many do not fully grasp what the word “covenant” truly means. Most Bible curriculums are taught as a collection of stories neatly told in chronological order. The Bible is more than that. The Bible is the story of how God created His people, called His people, loved His people, and is yearning to bring those people back into full relationship with Him. God made covenantal promises to His people with a love so strong that He was willing to give His [...]

Building Little Pillars In The Faith

Building Little Pillars in the Faith Back in the day when my pigtails were tied with ribbons, when my knees were constantly brandishing scrapes and scabs, and when (according to my children) dinosaurs frolicked with my pet saber-toothed tiger in the backyard, I discovered the most remarkable toy. Winter in South Florida ushers in an opportunity for its sweaty residents to throw open windows and suck coolish air into their lungs. Part of our family’s celebration of this temporary break from the heat was hauling out a big box fan. This box fan would be strategically placed so that the [...]

All The Things You Wish You Knew

All the Things You Wish You Knew  When I began serving in children's ministry, I was very young. I often look back on my years serving as a children's director and think, "Wow! There are so many things I would do differently if I knew then what I know now!" I grew up a covenant child.  I grew up volunteering at VBS and in the nursery from the time I was too old to be in the children's ministry myself.  I loved children and I had a heart for them (I still do!), yet I lacked the knowledge and skills to [...]

Engaging your Children in Missions

The Glory Story Mission to the World has partnered with several PCA churches to develop a video series to engage our children about Missions! These videos are designed to encourage the hearts of children to engage in God's story of growing his Kingdom. Each video provides unique content including praise and worship, teaching on missions, Bible stories, and encouragement for living missionally as a family. You'll be introduced to missionaries (from Uganda, Ukraine, Nicaragua, and Japan) and hear about God's works in their lives and in the countries they live in.  In addition to the video series, there is curriculum [...]

Registration is Open for the Children’s Ministry Virtual Grow Conference

Register Now for the Children's Ministry Virtual Grow Conference! How would you like to have a fall training event and a season’s worth of training modules for parents, teachers, and volunteers all in one place? You do! Join us for launch weekend August 20th - 21st! Pick and choose how you want to use this valuable resource in your local church ministry! AUGUST 20th - 21st: Live-Streamed Weekend Conference AUGUST - NOVEMBER: 7 Downloadable Training Videos to show in a Training Meeting or Send Home throughout your Fall Start-Up. SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER: 8 Weekly Live Webinars Grow with us as we come alongside you [...]

Teaching Children To Discriminate

Teaching Children to Discriminate With the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on homosexual marriage and recent efforts to claim certain legal rights for the “transgendered,” states and cities have responded with proposed laws and ordinances of their own.  Proponents have argued that these are attempts to protect traditional Christian definitions of marriage, as well as the freedom of religion.  Opponents claim these are simply fearful and malicious actions that give Christians the right to discriminate against people who are different.  Some have even gone further to say that particular states are producing new “Jim Crow laws” against the LGBT minority, which [...]

Registration is Open for 2022 Children’s Ministry Certification Class

  Did you know registration is now open for the 2022 Children's Ministry Certification Class? 2022 will begin our 4th year of students participating in our online children's ministry training program for non-ordained staff and CM leaders! We want you to consider joining a group of over 120 who have or will be certified in children's ministry in the PCA. Not only will you receive theological training in children's ministry, you will also receive practical training on a variety of topics from volunteer training, to planning special events, to training children in worship. Each month is a different course taught by a different faculty [...]

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