Speaker: Dannah Gresh

Website: www.secretkeepergirl.com

  • If we haven’t reached kids by their 14th birthday, the statics of reaching them are drastically reduced.
  • “What you believe by your fourteenth birthday is generally what you die believing.” – George Barna
  • Children’s ministry is resourcing parents to reach their children.
  • What makes life-long believers is what mom and dad believe.
  • Phases of Moral Development
    • Copy Cat (Ages 3-6)- Do what mom and dad do.
    • Counseling (Ages 7-12)- Want/Need to know why they should do what mom and dad do.
    • Coaching (Ages 13-17)- Want/Need to know what mom and dad have to say about what they are doing.
  • 3 Ways to Resource Parents to Minister to Their Children
    • Instead of asking parents to serve in your ministry as volunteers, ask them to serve as parents.
    • Resource them for family devotions.
    • Have events and program options for families.
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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.