The Gift That Keeps on Giving by Debbie Potter

The Gift That Keeps on Giving by Debbie Potter Every Sunday when the doors open at Trinity Baptist Church, children excitedly enter the doors of the Ark in the children’s building. One of the first images that the children see is the giant, life-sized elephant, which was the first animal to enter the ark at […]

Are My Kids Safe at Church? by Debbie Potter

Are My Kids Safe at Church? by Debbie Potter This is a question many parents are asking as they have read the stories in the paper recently. It saddens me tremendously to hear stories of children who were harmed at church. This is the reason we have safety policies at TBC. Sometimes it seems that […]

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 […]

New School Year Resolutions

As summer is winding down and a new school year begins, it is a good time for families to make “New School Year Resolutions.” Life gets busy when we get back into all the activities that surround the academic calendar. It is a good time to discuss what your priorities as a family and as […]

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 […]