Helping Children Deal With Grief

Helping Children Deal With Grief

November 6, 2017—Agreement among my clergy colleagues is they would rather do funerals than weddings. And lately, it seems, most of the clergy I know conduct more funerals than weddings these daysat least so they report. A funeral often is…

Talking to Children About Money

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

During a conversation among parents about their children—now adolescents and young adults the issue of children and money came up. There were the usual rants about…

Cross+Gen Worship: Where do I start?

October 6, 2016—Each congregation, each sanctuary, each worship service has its own unique gifts and challenges. There isn’t a set formula for “how to” engage all ages in worship so pray, dream, and listen to the calling of the Holy…

Crossgen worship start by Karen Ware Jackson

Raising a Normal Teenager

June 20, 2016—Experience has its advantage: perspective. Being on this side of having reared children who are now grown (and gainfully-employed responsible citizens) I’m often amused at the things parent get anxious about. Many of the things parents get upset…

Dealing With The Pushy Parent

May 9, 2016—I received an e-mail from a church staff member about that perennial problem: the pushy parent (sometimes called “helicopter parents”). The problem comes in all forms: parents who want allowances or exceptions for their “special” child, their…

Education by Israel Galindo

Children Aren’t Disposable

May 5, 2016—I have been thinking a lot about children lately. (Not about having them. About the children who already exist.) Those coming across the U.S. border, fleeing violence. Those huddled inside shelters in Gaza, or playing on the beach,…

Updated Curriculum Charts

April 14, 2016—I always tell congregations that right after Easter is the time to begin evaluating the current programmatic year, especially if a church seeks to discern a new curricular resource to use with children, youth, and/or adults. So this…

Coming of Age In Faith

December 21, 2015—I finally got around to watching a movie on Netflix that’s been on the “to watch” list. The movie was “House of D.” In the movie a thirteen-year-old comes of age through loss, grief, and escape. As an…

Education by Israel Galindo

Breathing into Advent

November 19, 2015—In our family, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has begun early as Adam and I reach out for Advent resources without the benefit of much advance preparation. The church I’m serving just called a new…

About That Time My Child Very Nearly Lit the Church on Fire

October 8, 2015—“Mommy, can I get some candy?”

“Yes,” I replied, undaunted in my attempt to preach the Word. My almost four year-old daughter had recently discovered two things: 1) There is a bowl of hard candy in the church…

Children Lie. Get Over It.

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

May 11, 2015—One of the most chilling areas of psychology, for me is clinical child psychology. I’m not sure why, exactly. Perhaps it’s a result of…

Does Your Church Need a Children’s Ministry Missions Statement?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

April 20, 2015—I have been surveying children’s ministry missions statements in preparation for some new courses (the majority of congregations surveyed don’t have one). I have been…

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you Lectio Divina?

By Sarah Walker Cleaveland, MDiv ’07.

February 12, 2015—This past fall, one of my job responsibilities was writing the curriculum for, and teaching our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Church School class. The teaching part was a lot of fun—four and…

Are You Enforcing Your Church’s Child Protection Policy?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

November 24, 2014—It’s hard to imagine but there are still churches that have no child protection policies in place (I know, I ask). That’s just a tragedy waiting to…

The Child in Christian Thought

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

August 18, 2014—The Child in Christian Thought,  ed. by Marcia J. Bunge (Religion, Marriage, and Family series. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001. 513 pp. $24.00….

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