Traditions: Do they Really Matter? by Debbie Potter

Traditions: Do they Really Matter? Thanksgiving night, we had a “family meeting.” The intent of the meeting was to talk about Christmas traditions. As many of you know I have two adult children, 26 and 23. Included in the discussion was my sister and her adult children. Our goal was to discuss what we wanted […]

How to Help Your Kids Deal with Failure by Debbie Potter

How to Help Your Kids Deal with Failure Pain is unfortunately part of life. As parents, we want to give our children the best life possible. We want to shield them from any disappointment or setback. We want them to have a happy, flawless childhood. These are wonderful goals, but part of their childhood needs […]

Learning About Jesus by Debbie Potter

“Dad, do you like being a shepherd?” “I can’t imagine being anything else.” “But isn’t being a shepherd, you know, kind of boring? Shepherds never get to do anything that’s very important.” “The nights can get long sometimes, but how many people get to work under God’s blanket of stars? As I sit watching over […]

Art’s Impact by Debbie Potter

Art’s Impact I am on my way to Oxford, England to make a presentation at a religious studies symposium about the impact the art work in the children’s building has had on the children at Trinity Baptist Church. As I have toured some of the incredible cathedrals in Europe, I am reminded of the impact […]

Helping Children Deal with World Events

Helping Children Deal with World Events The world can be a scary place. In the last few weeks the news has consistently been unsettling. We have heard and seen reports on terrorist attacks, racial tensions, political uprisings and natural disasters. These are overwhelming for me, but even more so for children. Our natural desire as […]

Twenty Years in Ministry

Twenty Years in Ministry “Are leaders born or are they made?” This one of the first questions I ask my students in the leadership classes I teach at Baptist University of Americas. After much discussion we try to come up with an answer. The answer usually lies some where in the middle. Many people are […]

Twenty Years in Ministry

This month I will celebrate twenty years in ministry. Over the years I have tried to really study, research and observe what I believe church should be for children. Some of the questions I have asked myself are: what is the value of church for children? What should children be learning? How does it help […]

Relationships that Matter

I just returned from a Children’s Literature Symposium at Oxford University in England. Each presenter at the conference was tasked to address a current trend, problem, or issue facing us as a global community of educators dealing with children. As I listened to speakers, I found a common thread that linked everyone’s issues together. No […]

Priesthood of the Believer for Children

One of the reasons I joined the Baptist Church as a young adult is the view that Baptists assert that each individual is created in the image of God, and therefore each individual is competent under God to make moral, spiritual, and religious decisions (Shurden, 1993). The question I have been pondering lately is, “How […]

Choices

Over the years the question that I have been asked many times is, “What do we do as parents when our children don’t want to go to church anymore?” As difficult and worrisome as those words can be, don’t make plans to sleep in on Sunday mornings yet! Listen to your child. Allow them to […]