CDM Discipleship Ministries Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:56:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kid’s Worship Worksheet Fri, 15 Aug 2014 19:00:24 +0000
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This item will be available for purchase beginning September 2014. To preview the worksheet click here. If you have further questions about this resource contact 1-800-283-1357.


Worship is something God calls all of his people to do, but sometimes it’s hard for young children to sit through a worship service when they don’t really understand what’s going on. This two-sided worksheet and sticker set was created to aide parents in training their children about worship and is to be used in conjunction with your church’s printed worship bulletin. (If your church does not print a weekly bulletin that includes the order of worship, we do not recommend you purchase this product since it is meant to work in conjunction with a printed bulletin.) Recommended for children ages 4-7.

Each set includes:

  • 10 Laminated Worksheets—These give instructions and have a few activities for the kids to do on them.
  • 130 Sticker Strips—Each child will need one strip of stickers every week. Kids will place the stickers on the church bulletin as they come to different parts of the worship service. (One set comes with enough stickers for 10 kids to use for 13 weeks—1/4 a year. More stickers can be ordered a la carte as you need them.)
  • 10 Wax Pencils—These non-messy pencils are for your children to use on your printed bulletin and on the laminated sheets. All marks on the laminated sheets can be wiped clean and the sheets can be used week after week.
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Connect Children’s Ministry Conference-Asheville Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:47:53 +0000
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SEP 19-20, 2014

Trinity Presbyterian Church

Asheville, NC

This conference is for Children’s Ministry Staff, Teachers, Parents, & Volunteers.

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Register Now!

Register and pay with the link above. The registration deadline is Friday, September 12. If you have any questions about this conference contact Sue Jakes (CDM) or Elaine Bonner (Trinity Pres.)


  • $10 for Friday Dinner
  • $35 for Saturday (includes lunch and conference materials)


Friday, September 19

  • 6:30–8:30 pm—Dinner with with round table discussions about Children’s Ministry and a Q&A time featuring Dr. Stephen Estock, Coordinator of CDM and Sue Jakes, CDM’s Children’s Ministry Coordinator.

Saturday, September 20

  • 8:30–9:00 am—Registration (Enjoy coffee, shop the PCA Bookstore)
  • 9:00–9:30 am—Opening Session (Music, introductions, and Sue Jakes, CDM Children’s Ministry Coordinator—Connecting our Children to the Gospel)
  • 9:40–10:40 am—Workshop Session I
  • 10:50–11:50 am—Workshop Session II
  • 12:00–1:15 pm—Lunch, Featured Panel, and Round Table Discussions
  • 1:20–2:20 pm—Workshop Session III
  • 2:20–2:40 pm—Closing Session (Dr. Stephen Estock, CDM Coordinator—How is Your Church Ministering to Future Leaders?)
  • 2:45–3:00 pm—Last chance to shop the PCA Bookstore

Workshop Session I (9:40–10:40 am)

  • The Nursery—Mercy Ministry at its Best (B.A. Snider)
    • It is never too early to set an atmosphere of God’s loving promises for our children. What are the details that need to be attended to so that the very first experiences lead our children to Christ?
  • Training Children and Families in Worship (Stephen Estock)
    • We are a people called to worship the King.  What are we doing in the ministry or our local churches to train our children and families to become true worshippers?
  • Sexual abuse in the church…is your ministry prepared? (Steve Collins)
    • In this seminar you will learn about the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the church and what every church needs to know to prevent, recognize and react responsibly. You will also be made aware of   mandated reporter laws that requires all church staff AND volunteers to report any suspicion of child abuse.
  • Training, Encouraging and Keeping Volunteers  (Elaine Bonner)
    • Learn from the best in “the business” how to build and strengthen your team of children’s teachers and helper.
  • How to Teach a Bible Lesson (Ellen Kay McGuire)
    • Learn from an experienced teacher how to best communicate God’s word to all of God’s children.
  • The Gospel Outside the Box (Grace PCA’s Children’s Staff)
    • After years of experience, they want to share with you ideas and methods that have worked to communicate the gospel to kids!

Workshop Session II (10:50–11:50 am)

  • Gospel Centered Parenting  (Stephen Estock)
    • Training the Parents in our church to raise up their children in the Lord may take a different turn if we truly understand the Gospel and its power in our lives and theirs.  Let’s take a look at how we tend to follow the rules of parenting without the Gospel and then take a closer look at what true Christian parenting should be.
  • Will you help us start a children’s ministry?  (Joanna Thompson)
    • No budget, no team of volunteers, no vision, no plan, but you have children.  Learn how to make it happen from scratch and build a children’s ministry that serves your church.
  • VBS From Start to Finish  (B.A. Snider)
    • A detailed look at the why, what, how, when, and where of an age-old summer ministry that can still work to evangelize, disciple and reach out to children everywhere.
  • Preparing a Life Changing Bible Lesson  (Sue Jakes)
    • Preparing to teach God’s Word should be life-changing for you as a teacher.  When that happens you can begin to expect the Spirit to teach through you in a new and powerful way!
  • Sexual abuse in the church…is your ministry prepared?  (Steve Collins)
    • In this seminar you will learn about the prevalence of child sexual abuse in the church and what every church needs to know to prevent, recognize and react responsibly. You will also be made aware of  mandated reporter laws that require all church staff AND volunteers to report any suspicion of child abuse.
  • In the Classroom with Special Needs  (Kate Gregory)
    • How to help children with disabilities manage fears and emotions in a Sunday school classroom.

Workshop Session III (1:20–2:20 pm)

  • Preschool Bible Teaching (B.A.  Snider)
    • One is never too young for sound theology.  How we prepare Bible lessons, activities and music are building the foundation for a life-long world view.
  • Why Are you involved in Children’ Ministry anyway?  (Skip Gilikin)
    • A theological motivation for Children’s ministry from Deuteronomy 6 and Psalm 78.
  • The Importance of Relationships in Teaching  (Melanie Wilkins)
    • We lead our children into a relationship with Jesus by modeling a special relationship with each of them.
  • Ministry to Children Through Ministry by Children  (Sue Jakes)
    • An examination of the biblical model for growing disciples through participation in ministry & use of spiritual gifts.
  • Backyard Bible Clubs  (Anne Jensen)
    • Everything you need to know for a success outreach program for the children of your church’s community.
  • How to Share the Gospel with Children   (Ellen Kay McGuire)
    • Making sure that our children hear and understand the Gospel message should be a priority in every classroom and ministry activity in our programs.
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Connect Discipleship Conference-Flowood Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:10:43 +0000
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August 15-16, 2014

Lakeland Presbyterian Church

Flowood, MS

This conference is for Parents!

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Register Now!

Register and pay with the link above. Please indicate how many and what age children will need childcare, so the church can staff appropriately. (All conference registration is done through Lakeland Presbyterian Church. If you have questions contact them through email or at 601.992.2448)


The cost is $30 per couple or $15 for a single. (We strongly encourage couples to attend together, but we know that is not always possible.) This price includes the meal on Friday evening for attendees and their children, light breakfast Saturday morning, childcare for newborn–6th grade for all sessions on both days, and all conference materials. There may be books and other resources available at an extra cost.


Friday, August 15

(Nursery & Childcare Provided)

  • 5:30 pm—Catered Dinner provided in the Family Life Center
  • 6:30 pm—Gospel Centered Parenting with Dr. Stephen Estock (Understanding who our children are and what the gospel brings to each one of us as parents)
  • 7:45 pm—Children and the Covenant of Grace with Sue Jakes (Passing on a way of life that is promised to the people of God)
  • 8:45 pm—Dismissed

Saturday, August 16

(Nursery & Childcare Provided)

  • 8:30 am—Fellowship and Light Breakfast, Juice & Coffee
  • 9:00 am—Biblical Discipline: Give Me Grace! With Dr. Stephen Estock and Sue Jakes (Why and how are we instructed in God’s word to discipline our children)
  • 10:15 am—Deuteronomy 6: A Plan Designed to Work with Sue Jakes (God’s plan made practical for everyday child-training)
  • 11:15 am—Parenting in a Lifestyle of Worship with Dr. Stephen Estock (Modeling true worship at home, church, and as you live)
  • 12:00 pm—Dismissed

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Connect Children’s Ministry Training—Gulfport Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:30:27 +0000
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August 2, 2014


First Presbyterian

Gulfport, MS

This training is for Children’s Ministry Leaders & Teachers.

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CDM will be doing a Children’s Ministry Training at First Presbyterian of Gulfport. They have opened it up to Children’s Ministry leaders and teachers in Grace Presbytery, the Gulfport region, or just anyone wanting to make a trip to Gulfport to attend! There is no registration or cost for this training. For more information contact Rev. Drew Jones, Assistant Minister (First Presbyterian Church), or 228.863.2664.

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PCA Directors of Women’s Ministry Gathering Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:57:33 +0000
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Time set aside for Equipping and Encouragement


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to collaborate, fellowship and learn together with women who serve as Women’s Ministry Directors in the denomination. In addition to having time to just enjoy one another and celebrate God’s grace in our lives, we will have the privilege of hearing from others in our ministry field who have a rich heritage of experience to share. Their lives and ministry history will inform and inspire us in our own sphere of influence.

This gathering is for all paid PCA Directors of Women’s Ministry (full-time and part-time).


  • Atlanta, Georgia

Dates &Times:

  • Monday, October 27—1pm to 9pm (includes dinner)
  • Tuesday, October 28—All day (includes lunch and dinner)
  • Wednesday, October 29—8am to Noon


  • Single Room Option: $350
  • Double Room Option: $235
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A New Connection Thu, 19 Jun 2014 02:12:28 +0000 Continued]]> CDM-staff2FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Committee on Christian Education and Publications Receives New Name

Houston, Texas – June 18, 2014 – The 42nd General Assembly approved a name change for the Committee on Christian Education and Publications (CEP) which will now be known as the Committee on Discipleship Ministries (CDM).  “For a number of years, we have considered making a change to our name to better convey the relational aspects of our ministry. In discussing the many options, we kept returning to our biblical charter – make disciples” said Coordinator, Stephen Estock.

Estock went on to emphasize the new name more closely connects our work to the Great Commission. Obeying Jesus’ command in today’s world involves education and resources like publications, but also much more. The content of the gospel must be conveyed in relationships that are empowered by the truth of the gospel. “Discipleship” encompasses all of what it means to walk with Christ, and “making disciples” includes personally inviting others to know Christ and coming alongside them in relationship.

The 42nd General Assembly directed the Stated Clerk to make the necessary editorial amendments to the Book of Church Order and Rules of Assembly Operation and the CDM staff will work [in the coming weeks] to inform PCA churches and members of the change.  Questions may be directed to the CDM office at

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Standing for Jesus Mon, 26 May 2014 09:36:14 +0000

May 26, 2014

“But [Peter] said emphatically, ‘If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.” (Mk 14:31 ESV).

In the words of Peter, I see myself. I would have joined with the rest of them in making a bold commitment. In my struggle with temptation and sin I say, “I will not deny you.” And like Peter, I mean every word—when I say it. Yet to be honest, Peter’s commitment went deeper. In his passion for Christ, he was willing to die with Jesus. I long for that level of commitment. I’d like to say that I would do the same. But as the all too familiar story goes, Peter does not make it, and neither do I.

I deny Jesus as I cave to temptation—again. The struggle takes too much effort, redirecting my thoughts again and again to what is noble, right, and good. I react angrily to circumstances rather than holding my tongue in patience. I cower from people who may not like me or affirm my beliefs. It’s easier to ignore than engage.

Later in the Garden, Peter made a good show when he sliced off the ear of Malchus. But Jesus didn’t fight; in fact, he rebuked Peter and gave himself up. I can understand that Peter’s courage waned. Courage to stand is hard when it looks like God has given up. Just watch the news. Evil seems to prosper, and those who claim to know God are mocked and marginalized. It’s easy to lose your nerve when God doesn’t seem to be doing anything.

But then I look at the text more closely. After Peter objected to Jesus’ prophecy, Mark records that Jesus still asks Peter to watch and pray with him in the Garden (vv. 32-34). In his darkest hour, knowing full well that Peter would not stand the test, Jesus still wanted the companionship of a weak braggart.

In that is my hope. “Standing for Jesus” is not about what I can do for God. Rather, it is about what God has done for me. He wants me near. O Lord, keep my eyes on Jesus—and help me to stand with him.

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Soiled Underwear Mon, 19 May 2014 09:33:58 +0000

May 19, 2014

Sometimes God uses images to communicate truth that are as shocking as they are earthy. About 600 years before Christ, God’s people had fallen into self-centered worship. There was religious activity, yet evil was everywhere. The prophet Jeremiah complained, “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all who are treacherous thrive?” (Jer 12: 1). It’s hard to watch the nightly news and not ask the same questions.

God told the prophet to buy a linen loincloth, and without rinsing it, put it around his waist. Jeremiah did as he was told. Later, God told the prophet to and hide the loincloth between some rocks near a river. After many days, God told Jeremiah to retrieve the loincloth. The prophet did, and “the loincloth was spoiled; it was good for nothing” (Jer 13: 1-7).

God explained that as the loincloth was spoiled, so would he spoil the pride of his people. His people, who were stubbornly following their own hearts in their worship and their ways, had become good for nothing. But why communicate this message with a loincloth?

God used this image to remind his people of their true calling. As the loincloth is an intimate piece of clothing, God had redeemed his people from obscure slavery to be a special people, intimately connected to him. They were to be “a name, a praise, a glory” (Jer 13:11). Their pride-filled, self-centered worship had rendered them as useless as soiled underwear.

The message of Jeremiah’s underwear is that rampant evil in society is connected to the pride of God’s people. Selfish pride is a blemish on the beauty being revealed in those who are redeemed. Note that God is not denying his intimate connection with those he has redeemed; instead, he is lamenting that failing  to embrace their privileged status leads to uselessness.

The tarnishing effects of self-centered, pride-filled “worship” are just as powerful today. Those who are redeemed by Christ have a glorious position—an intimate relationship with God even greater than that enjoyed by Judah in the days of Jeremiah. Yet, self seeps into every crevice of life like the muddy water through the rocks surrounding Jeremiah’s loincloth. Pride blemishes the glory of our intimate relationship with God. Relationships are weakened, fruitfulness is stymied, and evil is unchecked.

The cure lies in the status God gives. The work of Christ cleanses us and frees us from the chains of self-centered pride. Our usefulness is grounded in the finished work of Christ, as he furthers the work of redemption through us. In him, we have “a name, a praise, and a glory” that will never go dim.

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Child Safety Resources Tue, 13 May 2014 19:17:02 +0000
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From Overture 6 – Georgia Foothills Presbytery
“Child Protection in the PCA”

“All church leaders should become informed and take an active stance toward preventing child sexual abuse in the church by screening staff and volunteers, training them in child protection, and actively maintaining child protection policies pertaining to our obligations to love our children and protect their rightful interests as God’s image-bearers from the devastating actions of abusers.” (Matthew 18:5-6)

CEP recommends the following resources regarding Child Safety:


  • Child Safety Guidelines for Local Churches by Roger N. McNamara (Xulon Press)
  • Safe Kids: Policies and Procedures for Protecting Children in the Church by Blake Caldwell (Beacon Hill)
  • Preventing Child Abuse by Beth A Swagman (Faith Alive Christian Resources)
    • Helps churches and nonprofit organizations develop policies and procedures to protect children and youth.
  • Safekeeping by Henni Helleman, Patricia J Vos (Faith Alive Christian Resources)
    • An age-appropriate two-session abuse prevention curriculum for grades K-8.

Online Resources

  • Brotherhood Mutual Insurance—Brotherhood Mutual provides an Online library of safety and risk management materials created especially for churches and related ministries. The website has articles, checklists, guidebooks and tools, publications, sample forms, and training.
  • MinistrySafe—MinistrySafe is another online ministry that trains church staff and volunteers in the area of child abuse prevention
  • Adults Protecting Children
  • Doulos Resources

Examples of Policies

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Relational Paralysis Mon, 12 May 2014 09:30:46 +0000

May 12, 2014

“… but Mary remained seated in the house.” (John 11:20 ESV)

I recently heard a pastor read the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, and this statement grabbed me. It may have been the way he read the text, or more likely, because of what I had experienced in my relationship with Jesus just a few days before.

Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus; John is careful to tell us that (Jn 11:5). Yet, when the sisters sent for Jesus saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill” (v. 3), Jesus stayed where he was for two days. In fact, he even said, “This illness does not lead to death” (v. 4). The text does not tell us if the messenger the sisters sent delivered Jesus’ response to them. But if he did, it’s possible the messenger brought Jesus’ reply after Lazarus had died. When Jesus does arrive, Lazarus has been dead for four days. I can imagine the shock of sending for Jesus, hearing his reply that the illness will not lead to death, and then witnessing the death and burial of one you thought that Jesus loved. Was Jesus wrong? Why didn’t he come?

Mary probably knew the situation: Judea was not a safe place for Jesus. The religious leaders had wanted to stone him (Jn 11:8, 10:31). Yet, Jesus had escaped his enemies before, and he loved Lazarus. Jesus had the power to make Lazarus well, and he could overcome his enemies. But, Jesus didn’t come, and Lazarus died. Jesus did not do what Mary wanted, arguably even expected, him to do. Jesus wasn’t there, and his absence made the hard circumstances of Lazarus’ death even more difficult. Though the text does not tell us exactly why, it makes sense to read that when Mary heard that Jesus was coming, she did not go out to meet him like her sister Martha.

That’s what resonated so much with me. At happens from time to time, I was wrestling with discouragement. In my mind, I can see clearly what Jesus should be doing in my life. In my head I know he loves me, but my circumstances dull my heart to agree that it is true. I struggle with relational paralysis. I’m not opposed to going to Jesus; I just struggle with actually doing it because he has not done what I expect him to do.

Jesus is not deterred. He arrives, and Martha reminds him that he could have prevented Lazarus’ death (The reminder possibly included a measure of rebuke). Jesus patiently teaches Martha and calls for Mary, who quickly responds to his call (Jn 11:28-29). Mary also tells Jesus what he already knows (v. 32), but instead of rebuking her, he weeps over the grief caused by death (v. 35). In his weeping, Jesus is indignant at the damage caused by the enemy of God’s good creation (1 Cor. 15:26).

My unfulfilled expectations about what God should be doing in my life triggers a descent into relational paralysis. But, God does not give up on his struggling servants. He calls, and grieves, and continues with his perfect plan of redemption. He revives my spiritual deadness and gives me the power to believe in him. O for the grace to trust him more.

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