Five Smooth Stones
By Daniel Watts
Five Smooth StonesSep 18, 2023
Truth (God and Jonah)
Bible truth is the skeleton, the core of a life-changing ministry with children. Find out more in this week's podcast!
Experience (God and Jonah)
To see the lives of children transformed by God in our church, include experiential teaching. Learn more in today's podcast about God, Jonah, and experiential teaching.
Relationship (God and Jonah)
Church can be a safe place where children can speak openly and frankly. Learn more about God and Jonah here!
Smooth Stone #5 – God and Moses (Response)
We focus attention on understanding and fun, both important. God is concerned about responding to His Word as we should be in our children’s ministry.
Smooth Stone #4 – God and Moses (Discussion)
See how crucial discussion is with children and what elements are needed to connect God’s Word to their real life.
Smooth Stone #3- God and Moses (Truth)
Bible truth is bedrock in teaching, we see it with God calling Moses and can build our children’s ministry the same way.
Smooth Stone #2 – God and Moses (Experience)
Learn how God incorporated the senses in calling Moses. We can do the same in our own teaching with boys and girls.
Smooth Stone #1 – God and Moses (Relationship)
The God of the universe calls Moses and establishes an amazing relationship. We can follow His example in our children’s ministry
Smooth Stone #5: Paul and Response
Life change begins with children Responding to God's Word.
Smooth Stone #4: Paul and Discussion
Discussing the Bible and children's real life is a key to life transformation.
Smooth Stone #3: Paul and the Truth
God’s Truth should be taught in a way that leads to life change for children.
Smooth Stone #2: Paul and Experiential Teaching
Experiential Bible teaching engages all the children’s senses in learning.
Smooth Stone #1: Paul, Love, Children and Relational Ministry
Relational ministry is foundational for a transformational children’s ministry. Learn how Apostle Paul displayed this in his ministry.
Smooth Stone #5: Jesus and Response
We’re looking at the importance of responding to God’s Word instead of just “knowing it”. What children do with Bible knowledge is crucial.
Smooth Stone #4: Jesus and Discussion
Join us as we “talk about” the crucial need for Discussion in a life-changing transformational children’s ministry.
Smooth Stone #3: Jesus and the Truth
We can teach children completely new truth (unconditional love) and also correct their misunderstandings and falsehoods such as “it’s better to receive than give”. The Truth can set children free!
Smooth Stone #2: Jesus and Experiential Teaching
Join us as we explore the ways that Jesus used experiential teaching methods. See how we can use them in our children’s ministry!
Smooth Stone #1: Jesus and Relational Ministry
Join us and be inspired by Jesus’ example of relational ministry.
Five Smooth Stones for Children’s Ministry: Response
We’ll examine Deuteronomy 6 and see why responding to God’s Word is so crucial for children.
Five Smooth Stones for Children’s Ministry: Discussion
We’re looking into “talk about them” in Deuteronomy 6 to see why connecting God’s Word to the real life of children is essential!
Five Smooth Stones for Children’s Ministry: Truth
A deeper look into teaching the truth, makes it clear that it involves more than communicating just Bible facts and information.
Five Smooth Stones for Children’s Ministry: Experience
Learn how we can follow God’s lead and make teaching the truth of God’s Word central to our children’s ministry.
Five Smooth Stones for Children’s Ministry: Relationship
In this episode, learn about the first of the five smooth stones that are the keys to transformational children’s ministry: relationship.
Read the transcription: https://egminstitute.org/blog/five-smooth-stones-for-childrens-ministry-relationship/
Church and Children’s Ministry (Part 3)
Discover three essential qualities of a church-based children’s ministry!
Church and Children’s Ministry (Part 2)
See how the church, as the family of God, is good news for boys and girls!
The Church and Children's Ministry (Part 1)
A closer look at why your church is so crucial to your children’s ministry.
Great Commission – Make Disciples of Children (Conclusions)
Make Disciples of Children (Teaching)
Teaching is more than sharing information and helping children “understand”! Listen in and hear about teaching that leads to changed lives!
Great Commission – Make Disciples of Children (Baptizing)
Learn about the second element in Jesus’ teaching on making disciples in Matthew 28:16-20: baptizing.
Great Commission – Make Disciples of Children (Going)
Great Commission – Make Disciples of Children
Matthew 19 – The Large Crowd and Jesus
Matthew 19 – The Disciples
Ministry to children is a priority. Learn how Jesus responded to his disciples when they rebuked those who brought children to Him.
Matthew 19 – People Bringing the Children
In Matthew 19, there were individuals working to bring children to Jesus Christ. There are similar people working around the world today.
Matthew 19 – The Children
Around this globe are 2.2 billion children, and the vast majority of them need to be brought to Christ for Him to bless and love.
Smooth Stone #4 – Principles for Leading a Small Group Discussion
Learn some essential principles for leading a small group discussion that can help you build an open, honest group setting.
Smooth Stone #4 – Don’t Ask Questions (Discussion)
Lead a discussion group without questions, but rather through invitations to share. Learn how the Holy Spirit can work in children this way!
Smooth Stone #4 – Closed to Open Discussion
Creating this kind of environment for children allows the Holy Spirit to work in deep meaningful ways that lead to life transformation.
Smooth Stone #2 – Guidelines for Using Experiential Activities
Experiential teaching is a powerful teaching tool. Learn about the 5 guidelines for using experiential activities!
Relational Children’s Ministry – Unconditional Love, Pastoring and Being Like a Child
The lifeblood of fruitful and transformational ministry to children is relationship. Learn more about relational children’s ministry!
Relational Children’s Ministry – Modeling and Teamwork
Learn about the two qualities of an effective relational children’s ministry: modeling and teamwork.
Children’s Ministry Models (Summary)
Overview of the 5 common children’s ministry models: Information, Participation, Experiential, Media Engagement, and Contemplative Reflective.
Children’s Ministry Models (Contemplative Reflective Model)
Learn about the Contemplative Reflective Model for children’s ministry, as well as some tips to enrich this ministry model.
Children’s Ministry Models (Media Engagement Model)
Learn about the Media Engagement Model for children’s ministry, which helps communicate to children in a culturally relevant way!
Children’s Ministry Models (Experiential Model)
Learn about the Experiential Model for children’s ministry, which has helped children experience God in fresh and beautiful ways.
Children’s Ministry Models (Participatory Fun Model)
Learn about the four elements you can add to the Participatory Fun Model to enhance this children’s ministry approach.
Children’s Ministry Models (Information Model)
Learn about the three elements you can add to the Informational Model to enrich this already fruitful children’s ministry approach.
Thoughts on Ukraine
As I have prayed for the many Ukrainians that I have served with, God has impressed two things on my heart.
Five Smooth Stones For Transformational Children’s Ministry Overview
An overview of the 5 smooth stones for transformational children’s ministry that’s evident in the ministries of Paul, Jesus, and God Himself.
Five Smooth Stones for Children’s Ministry: Response
Boys and girls will benefit from a ministry approach that places more emphasis on helping children respond to God. Learn more!