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Heirs of the Covenant – Place and Presence (Part 2)

Editor’s Note: This is the second post in a series of articles by author, Susan Hunt.  Her book, Heirs of the Covenant is a favorite of many. We hope this series helps you see God’s covenant in new and richer ways.  This article was originally posted on the CDM Women's Ministry Encourage Blog.  You can read more articles from Susan Hunt and other contributors on the Encourage Blog Heirs of the Covenant - Place and Presence  The following excerpts are from pages 23-27 of Heirs of the Covenant. Place and Presence Gene and I recently built [...]

Heirs of the Covenant (Part 1)

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles by author, Susan Hunt.  Her book, Heirs of the Covenant is a favorite of many. We hope this series helps you see God’s covenant in new and richer ways.  This article was originally posted on the CDM Women's Ministry Encourage Blog.  You can read more articles from Susan Hunt and other contributors on the Encourage Blog Heirs of the Covenant Nineteen years ago I wrote the following in the Introduction to Heirs of the Covenant: I am surprised I am writing this book. I have [...]

Welcoming Children with Special Needs into Corporate Worship

Welcoming Children with Special Needs into Corporate Worship On the surface, it seems like a no-brainer that we would welcome children with special needs to the regular worship of God’s people.  Don’t we want all men and women, boys and girls to be included in the community of worshipers?  Isn’t this what Christianity is all about?  But when we dig a bit deeper, three objections to their inclusion typically spring up: Children with special needs (depending on their disability) cannot understand the sermon. Children with special needs cannot truly participate in a typical worship service. Children with special needs can [...]

It’s Not Too Late to Join us for a Grow Conference

It's Not Too Late to Join us for a Grow Conference this Year!    It's not too late to register for the Grow Virtual Conference! Don't miss the opportunity to use this online conference as training for your local church! All registrants will have access to 3 plenaries, 7 workshops, and 8 webinars! All content will be available through February. This is a great way to receive both theological and practical training for all those in your local church who are investing in the next generation. Join us October 8th-9th for Grow California! Join us [...]

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 [...]

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