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Join Us for the Leading With Love Parenting Event

Children Desiring God // Leading with Love Parenting Event

Raising children in the fear and admonition of the Lord is a noble and supremely challenging task. Children Desiring God is excited to join Crossings Ministries in coming alongside you with resources and encouragement to help you in your parenting endeavors! We want to show you how to stay centered on the Gospel and equip you to use God’s word to teach, instruct, discipline, and encourage your children as they learn to navigate the culture and face the challenges of growing up.

Join us at one of the two special Leading with Love events on November 4 in Hardin, Ky. or on November 11 in Louisville, Ky. You will hear from featured speakers Chap Bettis, author and director of The Apollos Project; Randy Stinson, professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and our own co-founder, David Michael. Breakout session speakers will also include Children Desiring God author and co-founder Sally Michael who will be discussing disciple-making with mothers.

Be sure to use the code ‘CDG‘ to receive 20% off when you register. Or, if you have adopted children or are currently doing foster care, Crossings is inviting you to attend entirely for free—use the code ‘CARE‘. Registration closes one week before the event.

Children Desiring God // Leading with Love Parenting Event

 

 

Planning Events that Reinforce Your Vision

Planning Events that Reinforce Your Vision

Are you looking forward to planning some special events for your children’s and youth ministry this spring and summer? Here are some helpful reminders from Betty Dodge’s presentation, “Reinforcing the Vision with Events and Programs”:

  • Glorify God and increase joy in Him by planning events that:
    • …will display the glory of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior (1 Corinthians 10:31; 2 Corinthians 4:6).
    • …will cause His Word to dwell richly in His people by His Spirit (Colossians 3:16-17).
    • …deepen the relationship between Christ and His church, and build relationships within the believer’s household (Psalm 25:4, 14; Philippians 3:10).
    • …make disciples of Christ and work to bring them to maturity in Him (Colossians 1:28-29; Titus 2:3-8).

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Estás invitado a una conferencia en América Central

Contemos a la Generacion Venidera

Join us in Costa Rica on May 13 for Tell the Next GenerationA conference for children’s ministry leaders with David & Sally Michael, Hector & Patricia Santana and Peter Morris in San José.

¡Les invitamos a unirse a nosotros en la conferencia: Contemos a la Generación Venidera, el próximo 13 de mayo en San José, Costa Rica! Este en un evento especial para pastores, líderes, colaboradores de escuela dominical, mentores de grupos pequeños, padres de familia, y cualquier miembro de la iglesia.

Esperamos que puedan estar con nosotros en la conferencia. Les pedimos que oren por este evento y que compartan los detalles con aquellas personas que pudiesen estar interesados en acompañarnos.

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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.
Register Now!

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.
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VIDEO: “Declaring the Whole Counsel of God to the Next Generation” by Mark Vroegop

Persevering in the Whole Counsel of God

We are excited to be sharing the content from our 2016 National Conference. Check back each Wednesday to view a new plenary session (along with discussion questions and action steps) to help you better understand how to persevere in teaching the whole counsel of God to the next generation. 

Declaring the Whole Counsel of God to the Next Generation

In his message, “Declaring the Whole Counsel of God to the Next Generation,” Pastor Mark Vroegop encourages us to declare the whole counsel of God to our students and children. In the first portion of the message, he urges us forward by explaining what is at stake and why this is such a crucial issue for parents and the church to address. But how do we actually go about teaching the whole counsel of God? Pastor Vroegop goes on to highlight and explain six “how’s” that should characterize our teaching.

We must declare the whole counsel of God…

  1. Personally
  2. Seriously
  3. Faithfully
  4. Thoroughly
  5. Urgently
  6. Confidently

 

 

His message is a timely and urgent call to parents, teachers, ministry leaders, pastors, and elders. Pastor Vroegop provides us with a wealth of biblical and practical wisdom. I was so encouraged by this message! Here are some follow-up questions for pondering.

For Further Thought

  1. Does our current children’s and youth ministry vision and philosophy include an emphasis on teaching the whole counsel of God? How might we go about evaluating this? (Recall his explanation of unified, balanced, and comprehensive teaching.)
  2. Does my own heart and life reflect the importance of knowing and embracing the whole counsel of God? What areas might be “weak” points for me, and what steps can I take to begin to grow in these areas?
  3. How would I rate myself on his six “how’s”? How would I rate our children’s and youth ministries? How could I appropriately and helpfully address any concerns?
  4. Are there teachers, parents, or other ministry leaders who would be blessed by this message? What could I do to graciously encourage them to watch this?

 

We must declare the whole counsel of God

 

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“Exploring the Fullness of the Whole Counsel of God” by Bruce Ware

 

 

Exploring the Fullness of the Whole Counsel of God

Exploring the Fullness of the Whole Counsel of God

We were honored to have Bruce Ware join us again for the Children Desiring God National Conference as he guided us through Exploring the Fullness of the Whole Counsel of God. Bruce broke the whole counsel of God down into two categories—breath and the depth—to help us further understand its meaning. Video of the conference keynotes will be available at a later date.

Breadth

Bruce shared to steps to keep in mind as he discussed understanding the breadth of the whole counsel of God. First, we need to be a people who come to understand the whole of Biblical content. He recommends using a good study Bible. This can help you understand the historical and cultural background of each book of the Bible, so you can have a better understanding as you teach the Scriptures. When Paul wrote the words, “All scripture is God-breathed…” he had in mind everything that had been written in the Bible, and everything that would be written. Therefore, we ought to pay attention to each of the 66 books of the Bible in teaching.

Secondly, we must learn to see the unity, continuity and development of truth throughout the story of the Bible. As we examine this story, there are many words and themes that are threaded throughout the Bible as important markers along the road. By tracing these key words and themes throughout the Bible, we can see the story that God intended to write developing. However, we do not to just see the developing story within each individual book, but to see the developing story throughout the entire Bible. These things are all-important in shaping both our own worldview, and that of the next generation.

Bruce Ware

Depth

We need to grow in an in-depth understanding of passages of Scripture. We cannot sacrifice knowing and understanding the flow of the passage for committing it to rote memory—but that is not to say that memorization is bad. Bruce commends thinking of memorization as a by-product of meditating. Reading and studying the Bible slowly is important in the growth of our Christian lives—the glory is in the details.

Believers also need an in-depth understanding of Biblical doctrines. We must have a resolute commitment to side with the Bible even when that decision goes against our culture. That means, in part, embracing paradoxes in God’s character. Our culture sometimes over-emphasizes aspects of God’s character at the expense of others, and we must not teach his Word that way. The cultural understanding appeals to us in the sense that our culture hates certain aspects of God’s culture, but we cannot shrink back from talking about them. For example, our culture hates the idea that God ordains our suffering, but the Bible says that he does. This doctrine gives Christians hope because it gives our suffering meaning.

What does this mean for you and your ministry to children?
Consider asking these questions:

  1. How can I grow in my understanding in each of these areas?
  2. How can my affections be more stirred, and my heart more moved by these truths?
  3. How can I be used in the lives of the next generation to commend to their heads and hearts the breadth and depth of the whole counsel of God?

 

Declaring the Whole Counsel of God to the Next Generation

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We were honored to have Mark Vroegop launch our Children Desiring God conference with his message on Declaring the Whole Counsel of God to the Next Generation. Mark guided us through six ways we can model our ministry after Paul’s ministry. Video of the conference keynotes will be available at a later date.

Acts 20:17-38

This passage is important because in the final moments of a person’s life, you hear the distillation of his ministry to a people. What do we hear from Paul in these moments? How do his words relate to ministry to children and youth?

Six Ways Our Ministry to Children and Youth Should Be Modeled After Paul’s Ministry

1. Personally

Teaching in a life-on-life context. Declaring the whole counsel of God is a personal, life-on-life issue. The word of God transmitted through the life of another person is not just a tool, but the foundation of personal ministry.

2. Seriously

Teaching has culpability because James says that those who teach will be judged with greater strictness. Paul’s ministry was of such a character that he would know he was innocent if any of them were eternally lost. This suggests that innocence on the part of a teacher is possible. But, there are many people who have never considered the question of how to declare the whole counsel of God in teaching. Because of this, some teachers are guilty.

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3. Faithfully

Teaching with courageous consistency. To “shrink back” from the whole counsel of God would be to not have faith in the entirety of the message of the Bible. To faithfully teach the Bible is to teach every part of it, not just the parts we like.

4. Thoroughly

Thorough teaching is the kind of teaching that encompasses biblical Christianity in a unified, balanced and comprehensive way. Nothing important is left out. Unified teaching connects the content of the Bible to the redemptive arc of the Bible, and demonstrates that all of those things relate. Balanced teaching helps children to know what it most important. It means that you teach the “ands” in the Bible; that the paradoxes of God’s character matter. Comprehensive teaching wrestles with big-picture questions that span the length of the canon.

5. Urgently

Paul was aware of the dangers all around and he urged teachers to be on guard. He knew what the human heart was capable, and he knew the devices of the enemy, which made teaching the whole counsel of God all the more important to him. Today, we live in a postmodern culture, in which truth is under attack. Knowing the whole counsel of God helps us stay grounded in truth in the midst of this culture. We must declare the whole counsel of God urgently because the voices in our culture are getting louder, and more distinct from Biblical truth.

Confidently

We are in good care when God is sovereign and the Word of God is a part of our lives. God is sovereign and his word still has power. The Word not only gives life, but helps us persevere to the end. The grace of God and the Word of God guarantees that our children who love Jesus will persevere to the end.

Watch Bruce Ware, Albert Mohler and John Piper Today on the National Conference Live Stream

National Conference

 

Today we have the honor of hearing from Bruce Ware, Albert Mohler and John Piper at the Children Desiring God National Conference. We hope you will be able to join us on the Live Stream!

Join in the conversation online by using the hashtag #CDGNatCon on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Live Stream Schedule

Exploring the Fullness of the Whole Counsel of God
8:30 AM – 10:15 AM
Bruce Ware

Dr. Bruce A. Ware has taught theology for over 30 years in several leading evangelical colleges and seminaries. Since 1998, Bruce has served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, where he is the T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology and chairman of the Department of Christian Theology. Bruce has written numerous books, including his theology book for children, Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God , and most recently The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ . He has served as the president of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, as well as the Evangelical Theological Society. Bruce and his wife, Jodi, have two daughters, Bethany and Rachel, and three grandchildren.

Holding Fast to the Whole Counsel of God
Under Pressure to Conform
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Albert Mohler

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. serves as the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, one of the largest seminaries in the world. On his website,AlbertMohler.com , Al writes commentaries on moral, cultural, and theological issues. He also hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview; and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. Viewed as a leader among American evangelicals, Al is widely sought as a columnist and commentator by the nation’s leading newspapers and news programs and has authored several books, including Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth . Al and his wife Mary have two children, Katie and Christopher and one grandson.

Believing the Whole Counsel of God:
How Our Children Can Know the Bible Is True
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
John Piper

Dr. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminar. For over 30 years, John served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He’s the author of more than 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available for free at desiringGod.org). John and his wife, Noël, have five children, Barnabas, Karsten, Benjamin, Abraham and Talitha, and twelve grandchildren.

 

Can’t make it to the conference? Join the LIVE STREAM!

National Conference Live Stream

We know many of you are not able to join us in person at the National Conference this week, but we don’t want you to miss the wonderful training we will be hearing on teaching the whole counsel of God to children.

You are invited to join us on the conference LIVE STREAM!

For the very first time, Children Desiring God is providing you special, free access to the three Foundations of God-Centered Children’s Ministry sessions and all five plenary sessions. Watch the blog Thursday for the Live Stream link, or simply visit Children Desiring God.

You can also join in the conversation online by using the hashtag #CDGNatCon on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

National Conference Live Stream Schedule

 

 

On Our Way!

Children Desiring God Blog // National Conference

 

The big week has arrived and the CDG staff is crazy-busy with last-minute details and travel plans for our National Conference at College Park Church in Indianapolis. We whole-heartedly believe that our conference theme, “Persevering in the Whole Counsel of God—What’s at Stake for the Next Generation,” is an extremely timely topic for our churches and families at this juncture of history.

Here are a few things we are eagerly anticipating at the conference…

  • Enjoying Christ-honoring fellowship with hundreds those attending the conference.
  • Being exhorted and encouraged through the teaching of Mark Vroegop, Bruce Ware, Albert Mohler, John Piper, and David Michael.
  • Stirring up one another for ministry fruitfulness through a wide variety of seminars focusing on parenting, and children’s and youth ministries.
  • Sharing our joys, challenges, and testimonies for our mutual encouragement.
  • Praying together so that our hearts and minds may strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit for the labors that Christ has set before us, so that God may be glorified in all we do.

Would you please be in prayer for the conference this week? Here are a few specific requests:

  • Safe travel and health for all the attendees
  • That all the last-minute details will come together
  • A spirit of unity, love, thankfulness, patience, and Christ-like humility to pervade
  • Hearts and minds that are tender to the instruction of God’s word
  • Conference speakers, seminar leaders, and volunteers—for grace-fueled strength and wisdom

Thank you for your prayers!

 

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