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Come Meet with Us

Come Meet with Us

The Children Desiring God Team is excited for some opportunities to gather and meet with you in the coming months. If you are in the area, we would encourage you to come to one of these events:

Children’s Ministry Day

Saturday, March 11  //  8am – 12pm  //  Peru, Indiana
EastPointe church invites parents, Sunday school teachers and other children’s ministry workers to join David and Sally Michael at Children’s Ministry Day. The Michaels will be casting a vision for God-centered children’s ministry as well as providing practical helps in using Children Desiring God resources. This is a free event.
Registration closes March 5.
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2017 Ligonier National Conference: The Next 500 Years

March 9-11 // Orlando, Florida
If you are attending the Ligonier National Conference, be sure to look for the Children Desiring God table in the exhibit area. We look forward to meeting you, answering your curriculum questions and showing you our newest resources and curriculum samples.
Registration for this event is full. (more…)

Partner with Children Desiring God

Partner with Children Desiring God

 

New Passion-Filled Ways to Reach the Next Generation

Since the late 1990s, you—our customers and partners—have encouraged us with your passion to reach the next generation. When we interact with you, we hear your love for God overflow and know that you are as passionate as we are for the next generation to know, honor and treasure God and His Son Jesus Christ. It is our joy to serve you by encouraging you to be vision-oriented and equipping you with God-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting resources.

We are really excited for the start of 2017 as we not only mark a new year but also new ways and strategies for us to fulfill our 20-year-old mission for the next generation. (more…)

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

 

May your and you family cherish time together today to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world, the King of Kings.

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining;
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices;
For yonder breaks, a new and glorious morn.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, our hearts are overflowing with thankfulness to the Lord for so many blessings, both small and large. We are thankful for family, friends and home, but most importantly for the truth found in the Gospel.

We are also so thankful for each and every one of you, our partners in ministry. Thank you for joining us in the mission to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart. Thank you for joining us in prayer that parents and churches will continue to partner together to instruct the mind, engage the heart and nurture the faith of our children so that millions in every generation will set their hope in God.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Children Desiring God Team!

David, Sally, Jill, Brian, Terry, Holly, Lori, Suzy, Betty, Karen, Nicole and Rachel

 

 

Summer Through Customer Service Eyes

Summer Through Customer Service Eyes

 

Our customer service team delights in partnering with our customers in ministry. We (Holly Urbanski, Suzy Plocher, and Lori Myers) all agree that we have the best customers in the world. As we reflect on the last few months, we are thanking the Lord for a sweet partnership between Children Desiring God and the churches and individuals with whom we interact. We can honestly say that our customers are by far the nicest, most understanding, and most patient we’ve ever encountered. And this is saying a lot, especially from Lori who has worked in several other customer service positions at various kinds of companies. We love coming to work and anticipating who God will have us talk with and how we can help them.

It is a delight to hear what God is doing in various ministries throughout the U.S. and around the world. How enjoyable it has been to talk with people from so many places, and to interact via email with people in Japan, Australia, Romania, Scotland, Burundi, Bolivia, and other countries. We have enjoyed sharing helpful suggestions on how to use the curriculum and talking with customers about what is best to order for their size church and combinations of age groups or grades. We are glad to be able to help them brainstorm solutions depending on various needs that arise. Recently we were delighted to be able to assist some customers who lost curriculum materials in the terrible flooding in the southern United States and areas effected by Hurricane Matthew. We feel strongly that part of our ministry at Children Desiring God is praying for those using the materials.

It is a privilege and an honor to serve the Lord by partnering with and assisting His church worldwide with the building up of the body through Fighter Verses and teaching the next generation to set their hope in God through curriculum or family devotionals. The sweetest part has been praying with and for the needs of our customers/partners in ministry. May God grant grace for us all as we work together for His glory and the growth of His children.

How Can We Help You?

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We are soon to enter one of the busiest seasons at CDG—summer. It’s the time when churches and parents are gearing up for the fall, which often means curriculum decisions. This brings to mind at least three things I really love about our “customer service” staff.

  • They fully embrace our vision and mission, and our curriculum philosophy and distinctions. So, when they answer your questions, it comes from a genuine longing to see Christ exalted and treasured in churches and homes.
  • They have a vast knowledge of our resources, and they often have experience with those resources in the classroom setting.
  • They have servant hearts that love to serve churches, parents, missionaries, and others in a myriad of ways that go beyond simply providing information about our resources.

Who are these ladies you will hear at the other end of the phone?

Holly

  • was one of the pilot teachers of the CDG Preschool curricula
  • taught and/or was a team leader in elementary Sunday school classes using CDG curriculum
  • has filled in as a small group leader and worship leader as needed
  • “My parenting was deeply influenced by the CDG vision and curriculum. My kids grew up with the CDG curricula and, assuming I have grandchildren someday, it’s my hope that they would be able to do this also.”

Lori

  • nursery caregiver, Sunday school teacher, team leader, worship leader, and substitute while using CDG materials
  • worked as an assistant Sunday school superintendent
  • worked with all age groups from birth through high school

Suzy

  • served at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis for 10 years doing administration for Sunday school, along with the occasional role as small group leader or teacher
  • now ministers as an auntie to eight nieces and nephews

 

Here are a few examples of the types of issues and questions they address when a customer calls:

  • budget constraints
  • getting leadership/teachers on board with the vision
  • lack of regular volunteers
  • addressing year-round Sunday school
  • having Sunday school during church service so teachers can’t attend church
  • determining curriculum with a range of children’s ages (a frequent question)
  • understanding curriculum licensing (another frequent question)
  • implementing a church-wide Bible memory program
  • using the Fighter Verses app
  • finding solutions for internationals
  • translated materials
  • many questions about preschool materials
  • training (people want to be able to train their volunteers, but don’t know how)
  • what to order as a new customer (e.g., Classroom Kit versus Teacher’s Guide, etc.)

In response, they will take time to…

  • explain answers to any questions
  • brainstorm solutions
  • walk through how the material might work in your particular situation
  • point to other resources available, such as the blog, and free audio and video training
  • when appropriate, pray for customers carrying heavy burdens
  • offer personal encouragement when ministry is hard

If you would like to reach our customer service staff at CDG, please feel free to give us a call (1.877.400.1414), or send us an email (info@childrendesiringGod.org).

Our phones are answered from 9 a.m.  to 3 p.m. (Central Time) from October through June, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central Time) from July through September.

 

Encourage One Another in Community

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When we as a team look back on our conferences, one of our favorite things is being able to connect with you, our partners is ministry. It a joy to meet you, hear your testimonies on how God is working in your ministry, share ideas, answer questions and see you networking with others. While we can’t wait to see you face-to-face at our National Conference in April (registration details coming in the next few weeks), we want to keep this connection going year round and help you meet fellow partners in ministry from around the world.

You are invited to join the Children Desiring God Community on Facebook. The purpose of this group is to provide a place for children’s ministry leaders and volunteers to gather and support each other as we spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only one who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart.

Who is the Community for?

Our Community has a wonderful group of children’s ministry leaders, youth pastors, Sunday School teachers, small group leaders, worship leaders, church staff members, parents and others who use or are interested in Children Desiring God curriculum and resources. The Community is a private group on Facebook. Just click the “Request to Join” button and we will welcome you in.

What is our Community’s Goal?

The Community is a place where you can connect with others who are passionate about teaching the Gospel to children. Feel free to comment on our “Community Gathering” posts or start your own discussion. Here are some conversation starter ideas:

  • Testimonies about how God is working in your ministry
  • Questions about teaching, small group leading, worship leading, team leading, starting a Sunday School program, etc.
  • Questions about specific illustrations, visuals, lessons, workbook pages, etc. (Be sure to mention the curriculum and lesson number you are asking about)
  • Ideas that worked great in your class such as an application questions or activity
  • Resources for finding supplies for your classroom
  • Prayer requests for you ministry
  • Networking–find other in children’s ministry in your geographic area or ministry niche

Enjoy getting to know and encouraging each other as you answer each other’s questions and share ideas!

 

 

CDG is Hiring!

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Are you a graphic designer with a passion for reaching the next generations for Jesus?

Children Desiring God is accepting applications for a full-time graphic designer to join our Resource Development team. Our mission is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things so that the next generation may know and cherish Jesus Christ as the only One who saves and satisfies the desires of the heart. To that end, we aim to fuel spiritual desire by producing God-centered, Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting resources for children, youth, and their parents.

The graphic designer’s responsibilities will include layout and graphic design of visual resources for both print and electronic publishing, and some work on promotional materials and other tasks related to CDG Team activities as needed. This person should have a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, art and design, or a related field, and experience in graphic design and publishing, especially using Adobe Creative Suite software.

If you are interested in hearing more, please contact CDG Executive Director Brian Eaton at info@childrendesiringGod.org.

Welcoming David Michael!

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As Executive Director of Children Desiring God, I am pleased to announce that David Michael will be joining our staff in a new role as Director for Vision and Spreading. David will lead the strategic efforts to share the vision of Children Desiring God—the biblical vision for God-centered ministry to children and their parents, which is rooted in the teaching of Psalm 78:4-7:

We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.

David Michael

David will focus his efforts on sharing this vision at regional events, expanding the Children Desiring God network and supporting pastors who are implementing God-centered ministry in their local churches.

“I am excited to lead these strategic, vision-casting efforts centered on spreading a biblical vision for God-centered ministry,” David said. “My greatest hope is that the next generation will put their confidence in God.”

We believe God has provided a unique season of opportunity to advance the vision of Children Desiring God. After 27 years of pastoral ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church, the Lord has opened a new door for David to pursue wholehearted service at Children Desiring God. In addition to his vision spreading efforts, David will continue in his role as President of Children Desiring God.

On behalf of Children Desiring God, we are thankful for God’s providential redirection of David’s ministry and we eagerly anticipate what the Lord will do through him! Please take a few moments to find out more about our new vision-casting plans and to learn how you can partner with us through your prayers.

Brian Eaton
Executive Director
Children Desiring God

Thank you for calling CDG… How May I Help You?

Recently we said goodbye to our longtime customer service representative, Jim. You might be wondering, “Who is going to help me order curriculum?” Never fear! We are very pleased to introduce you to the newest members of our customer service team, Holly and Annie.

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