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Christmas

The Wondrous Awe of Christmas

“Come!” they told me… "A newborn King to see!” “Our finest gifts we bring…” “To lay before the King!” “So, to honor Him when we come.” Children love Christmas. There’s something about the season that grabs their attention. They love ...
Christmas

God Sent a Child

The young 21-year-old was "helping" in the two-year-old's children's ministry class where he volunteered on Sundays. The Children's Director knew that he was struggling to understand the gospel but still wanted to serve. He was a physics student desperate to ...
Sibling Rivalry

3 Ways to Make Sibling Rivalry Even Worse

Being aware of sibling rivalry is a crucial element in relational children's ministry and of course it is not something new. When I was a young children's pastor, I met a couple with two children -- a daughter and fun ...
School

Taking School Out of Children’s Ministry

Children's ministry work has some classic stories, none more famous than the teacher who began her Sunday School lesson asking the children to guess what she was describing: "This thing lives in trees (pause) and eats nuts (pause)..." No hands ...
Volunteering

More Than Babysitters

Did you ever notice that Jesus never asked for volunteers? Those who followed Him were people called to join Him in ministry. Volunteering is just agreeing to do something without getting paid for it. Ministry is a matter of hearing ...
Christian Leaders

There Are Gifted Leaders Everywhere

What do a Polish Pastor, Coptic Monk and Ugandan Bishop all have in common? They are dynamic Christian leaders who have had an enormous effect on my life. God uses diverse people, in diverse contexts, to grow His Kingdom Zygmunt ...
Childrens Ministry Training

Travel Update: Krysten Norkaitis in Washington

“The childrens ministry training was like an oasis in the middle of the desert for the churches in the State of Washington. Most especially for the Hispanic churches. It was a great idea to gather a couple of churches to ...
God's Word

All of God’s Word is for Children

Children are like sponges. They soak up everything they hear and squeeze it all out anytime they want — especially at the most inappropriate times. It’s likely why one of the first words almost every child learns is “no.” They can ...
Summer Bible Camp

Fruitful Summer Ministry in Eastern Europe

This summer, EGM-Ukraine and EGM-Belarus ministered to hundreds of children from their local communities through summer Bible camp. God was honored through their efforts to see more children transformed in Christ. Here are a few of the highlights: Three new ...
Childrens Church

The “Real Life” Issues Children Face

When I was a young childrens church worker, my view of children was simple. They were cute, quick to learn and filled with spontaneous joy. I loved being with children, playing with them, talking with them, praying for them, teaching ...
Childrens Ministry

Children’s Ministry is Not About Us

I’m getting a little tired of hearing people talk of ministering to children as “a means to an end.” Today, I came across an article online with eight terrific tips for encouraging the children’s ministry workers in your church. The ...
National Leadership

Travel Update: Alex Bruda in Uganda

Alex Bruda — EGM's National Ministry Builder — traveled to Uganda for a week in July. He went to participate in director orientation for Patience Atukunda, the new National Director for EGM-Uganda. It was a great joy for Alex to serve ...
Holding Babies

The Theology of Holding Babies

I had the opportunity to preach in my large church when I was a young children's pastor. At the conclusion of the last service, one of the elders came up to me with kind words of encouragement. Then he said, ...
Local Church

Children Need the Local Church

I was meeting with one of our EGM supporters, just getting to know him. He told me that when he was 12 years old, he came downstairs to the kitchen one morning and found his mother lying on the floor. ...
Digital Communication

Transformational Ministry in a Digital Age

Over 20 years ago, the “Internet Revolution” began. Since then, the world has been experiencing the greatest shift in communication in over 500 years. The last seismic paradigm shift of this kind was the invention of the movable type printing ...
Discipleship

Can Children Be Disciples of Jesus?

If I survey my life, I find certain qualities that are not good. In fact, there are issues I have wrestled with my entire life. When my children were born and I began parenting them, I suddenly realized that those ...
Teaching the Bible

The Value of Simplicity When Teaching the Bible

After all the parties and celebrations, my friend took his family to dinner to celebrate his PhD. He had just graduated from USC. At the table, his eight-year old asked if his degree meant he could give people medicine. He ...
Vacation Bible School

(A Lack of) VBS in Latin America

School is out and the time to enjoy summer vacation has arrived. It’s the perfect time to play and have fun, but there is a big problem in Latin America. Most parents need to work through summer to provide for ...
Discipling Children

More than Cookies and Coloring Pages

My closest friend from middle school just revealed something to his friends and family that I’m sure was a shock to most of us. Throughout his life - and especially during his childhood - he has struggled with gender dysphoria. ...
Relational Childrens Ministry

Transformational Ministry is Relational

Susan was the lesson planner and organizer. Cobb was the fun-loving, relational businessman. Everyone thought of her as the “teacher” and “children’s worker.” Cobb was just helping out. Each Sunday they would serve side-by-side. Whenever I would check in on ...
Bible Resource Publishing

Travel Update: Quinton Hufferd in Hungary

I was a little nervous about going to Hungary. It wasn’t the potential language barrier, the new people to meet, or the distance. It was the pressure of teaching a national ministry team that has been operating for twenty years. ...
Transformation in the life of a child.

Children Can – and Do – Respond to God

Years ago, I was asked to preach in a church in Quilpué, Chile. Before the sermon, they took an offering. The ushers had large, shallow straw bowls. Four of them stood in the front of the sanctuary. Down the pew ...
Children's Discipleship

Maybe it Really Does Take a Village

In 1996, then First Lady Hillary Rodham-Clinton released a book entitled, It Takes A Village. This title was criticized for several reasons. Many people disagreed with the overall premise of the book, that the community is responsible for raising children ...
Model Children's Worker Training in Mexico

Travel Update: Krysten Norkaitis in Mexico

Last month, I had the privilege of traveling to Mexico City to work with EGM-Mexico's Director, Benjamin Calderon, and a few key leaders. The purpose of the trip was to begin their training process on the five qualities of a ...
Children's Ministry isn't just for children

Children Are Excellent Teachers

Some of the greatest ministry being done in the world today is being done by children. Some of the most important lessons I have learned have been taught to me by boys and girls around the world. Sometimes we get ...
EGM Summer Camp in Romania

Travel Update: Emese Balint in Romania

Emese Balint, EGM's European Director, recently participated in a summer camp hosted by a partner of EGM-Hungary's church in Romania. Check out her video update and read the testimony below! "We had the blessing of seeing God work in the ...

Talk is Cheap: Local Ministry Needs Local Funding

Words are nice. But often they don’t really say much. I recently celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary. I spent months planning a trip that included as much of what my wife loves as I could fit into the two days ...

They Have God’s Full Attention

Four years ago, I completed a training session in Kisoro, Uganda. Several leaders asked me to walk with them to the nearby Potters Village Orphanage, run by the church. I was introduced to a little baby who was only hours ...

VBS in Romania: A Four-Wheel Adventure

Last week, my family and I had the privilege of participating with EGM-Romania in a Vacation Bible School (VBS) program they organized in partnership with the First Baptist Church in Manastur, Cluj. This was the 15th year of VBS at ...

Worshipping God with Pennies

The boy was young. He lived in a nation with great persecution. He was poor by anyone’s standards, but his gift inspired churches to rally together to advance the gospel. In 2016, EGM-Egypt saw the need to reach out to ...

Travel Update: Oliver Cardenas in Mexico

Oliver's doing a lot of traveling this summer! He and Krysten Juarez, EGM's Leadership Developer, are currently visiting EGM-Mexico. Check out Oliver's video update: https://egmworld.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/200/2017/06/Oliver-Cardenas-Mexico-Update-6.21.2017.mp4   Please join us in prayer for the following: Pray for the Model Children's Worker ...

Travel Update: Oliver Cardenas in South America

Children's ministry in South America is growing! Oliver Cardenas, EGM's Latin America Coordinator, recently traveled down south to meet with EGM-Argentina and EGM-Chile. Check out his video update below: https://egmworld.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/200/2017/06/Oliver-Cardenas-LA-Update-6.16.2017.mp4   Please join us in prayer for the following: Ask ...

Being Shaped by the Potter’s Hand

I recently was reminded of the story of the great Potter, and how we are all in the Potter’s workshop. We are on His wheel, being shaped into His great image. The vessel is being transformed into something glorious for ...

EGM Welcomes Benjamin Calderon as the Director of EGM-Mexico

One of my favorite passages in the Scriptures is found in the Old Testament. It is the story when God instructs the prophet Samuel to go to Bethlehem to anoint one of the sons of Jesse to become the new ...

Every Child Deserves the Love of a Father

During my recent visit to Chile, a woman from a church in Santiago told me how children there are growing up in broken homes, where violence and abuse are part of their daily life. In Latin America, society tolerates the ...

When One Becomes Two Becomes Four…

My name is Sarah, and I am the Children’s pastor at Gaba Community Church in Uganda. I love children and I am always happy to see them grow into mature Christians. As the Chairperson of the EGM-Uganda Board, I look ...

When the Family Comes Together, the World Believes

From its very beginnings, EGM-Belarus has consisted of representatives from two major Church Unions: Baptist and Pentecostal. For over 10 years, I have personally been involved in the Board's work and have served as its Chairman during recent years. I ...

Working with Who’s Already Working

My name is Andrea, and I am a member of the MCG-Chile Board. I participate in the development and training of Sunday school teachers using the Model Children Worker This program reflects God’s heart. I have seen how teachers are ...

Putting Ourselves Out of Business

In the next ten years, how does EGM serve 38 countries where 75% of the children live? The answer — equip local Christian leaders! Around the world, there are Christians who are just like us: they love the Church and ...

Chosen to Build the Dwelling Place of God

Bezalel and Oholiab walked out of Moses’ tent, and nearly collapsed out of fear and exhaustion. Words could never express what had just taken place. And what they had been instructed to do. Earlier that day, they’d been summoned by ...

When Jesus Becomes Just Another Fairy Tale

Around the world today, many children are being taught the Bible like it is just another subject in school. Often, they memorize whole chapters of the Bible, but it is never clarified to the children what those verses have to ...

When a Church is Transformed

Cami and I served with the Bunavestire Church in Bucharest for 16 years. We began with a new church plant of 30 people and started developing the children’s ministry very soon after. Eleven years ago, we started to implement EGM’s ...

Transformed People Transform People

Mary and Rose recently participated in the Model Children’s Worker training workshops hosted by EGM-Egypt. One of the sessions they attended was about ministering to children with special needs. Not long after that, a woman from Mary and Rose’s church ...

I Am a Mistake

I was recently teaching a VBS lesson in Cluj about how each and every one of us is so important to God. I shared that He sees real treasure in us – and that He paid an indescribably high price ...

What is REAL Transformation?

Transformation has become a buzzword in our modern culture. The Uber phenomenon has “transformed” the modern business world. The Golden State Warriors have “transformed” professional basketball with the three-point shot. The e-book has “transformed” the literary world. Although those transformations ...

EGM Welcomes the Jesse Family!

Please join me in welcoming David Jesse to the EGM family. After a four-month search process, David has accepted the position of Ministry Advancement Officer, and just finished his first week in the EGM office. As the Ministry Advancement Officer, ...

Helping Children Respond to God’s Word

We long for children to understand what our Bible lessons mean for their real lives. Bible application is used by God to transform hearts. This is the final element of EGM's discipleship model. The children will take all they have learned ...
Bible Discussion

Leading Children in a Bible Discussion

Bible discussion is a crucial element of EGM's discipleship model. Many children are taught the Bible -- and may even know the right answers to your questions -- without understanding how it affects their life. There was a famous early ...
Bible Lesson

Truth: The Core of Every Bible Lesson

When you arrive at the "Truth" section of your Bible lesson, children will have participated in a relationship activity. They'll be enjoying the positive relational environment you have created. They will have also participated in an experiential activity, where they will ...
Teaching Kids

5 Ways to Make the Bible Come Alive for Kids

Teaching kids the Bible is most successful when woven into their experiences. We may have heard numerous sermons on prayer. But it often isn't until we are in a difficult situation and seek God's guidance and help that we experience ...
Relational Ministry

Relational Ministry Leads to Transformation

Every Generation Ministries has the joy of serving alongside children's ministry leaders around the world. During our coaching, teaching and training sessions, we often ask children’s workers if they remember having teachers in school who didn’t seem to even like ...
Discipling Children

A biblical model for discipling children

Every Generation Ministries is working with children’s workers in churches around the world to develop transformational children’s ministry. We look to the Bible itself for ministry guidance as we learn how to disciple children. Deuteronomy 6 has been our foundation ...

Bible Truths…Talk About Them

Last Thursday, I had an internet video meeting with one of our EGM team members in East Africa. During that meeting, he shared the progress of our training and development programs for children's ministry leaders in the Democratic Republic of ...

Roadmap to a Flourishing Ministry

Not too long ago, my family came together around the dinner table at our home in Kentucky and planned a very special road trip to visit my parents in Southern California. All five of us eagerly gathered around the family ...

How We Work

God Determines How We Work Explaining how we work throughout the world can be a little tough, since there's a lot to it. In a nutshell, Every Generation Ministries exists to help churches fulfill the Great Commission with children - ...

7 Steps to Effective Children's Ministry

In the world today, many children involved in children's ministry are being taught the Bible like it is just another subject in school. Often, they memorize whole chapters of the Bible, but it is never clarified to the children what those ...

A Vision for 2025

Vision - Looking Back Twenty-five years ago, my wife and I were preparing to move to Poland as missionaries to help churches develop a transformational ministry with children. We had no idea then that we were laying the groundwork for ...

Spring Swing 2016 Successful in Helping Children in Conflict Zones

  It was a beautiful day to celebrate God’s great love for children around the world. Over 200 people enjoyed a day of golfing and an enchanted evening fellowshipping with the EGM family. We prayed that God would be honored, ...

Faithful Service in Ministry: Rick Fortier

  Fourteen years ago, I sat in a room filled with Chilean children, watching a young teacher who had been involved in training with Every Generation Ministries. Sitting next to me was Rick Fortier, the man who had organized the ...

Celebrate Giving in the Middle East

Local Community in Middle East Supports EGM-Egypt in Their Own Backyard Sary Mikhaiel, Middle East Resource Team Director in Egypt, and his team have been invited to present Vacation Bible School programs to churches working with refugee children in the ...

Developing Leaders Around the World – Transforming Lives

Every Generation Ministries believes that the best people to transform children in Christ are national Christian leaders in His Church. So, EGM establishes national ministry teams that are governed, staffed and funded by the local Christian community. “Governed” means a ...

Model Children's Worker Summit 2016

What happens when leaders are gathered together from Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Latin America, Africa, Belarus and Egypt? We throw a Model Children's Worker leadership development summit. Nearly 30 leaders from EGM's regional team and national ministry team partners will ...

Praying for Children in Latin America

God has called passionate, talented, skilled, and extremely capable leaders to spearhead ministry work in Latin America. Every Generation Ministries (EGM) currently operates in Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Mexico. Not only does each country have a strong leadership team in place, but ...

Testimony from a Romania VBS Camp

Young volunteers had the time of their lives a week ago at the Vacation Bible School (VBS) hosted in Baia Mare, Romania, called, "Blue Planet Detectives." They shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with over 150 children between the ages ...

Reaching Children in Uganda

EGM's East and Central Africa Resource Team Director, Emmanuel Manishimwe, recently shared this story about a Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement located in the Kamwenge district, in Southwest Uganda. The camp accommodates over 50,000 refugees fleeing from conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo, ...

Spring Swing 2015 a God-honoring success!

Thank the LORD for being timely with the rain. The Spring Swing 2015 went off without a hitch AND Southern CA got some much needed water. Thanks to everyone who helped make Spring Swing 2015 such a HUGE success. Participants at ...

Children's Ministry: Lead by Example

I remember hearing tape recordings of the public figure's private conversations and being absolutely shocked by the vulgar and crude language. In public he was dignified, even eloquent, and appeared to be a symbol of decency. Many people have been struck by ...

EGM Spring Swing 2015 Coming Soon!

EGM Spring Swing 2015 is right around the corner! On May 8th, your golf swing can swing the pendulum for children suffering from poverty of the heart and soul. Help make a significant impact in the way churches minister to ...

Summit 2015: March Madness at EGM

The EGM team has been busy! Every Generation Ministries had its own style of “March Madness” in the form of Summit 2015. The first ever international staff summit, simply called the Summit, was held in Southern California at the EGM-US ...

Sharing the Word of God using Play-Doh

Miguel Angel Castellanos shared this story from an EGM leadership program at Iglesia Monte Sinai in Oaxaca, Mexico... Nine brothers and sisters in Christ, both young and old, participated in a children's ministry teacher training at Iglesia Cristiana Monte Sinai. They were very attentive ...

Children’s Ministry Training at Iglesia Latina

In April 2014, Pastor Federico Salas and his daughter, Ana, drove all the way from San Diego to Santa Ana to attend an Every Generation Ministries (EGM) children’s ministry training program. They enjoyed it so much that they invited EGM to ...

Ukraine Update from the Front Line

We were blessed to Skype with Every Generation Ministries (EGM) Ukraine Director, Alexander Achkasov. EGM’s Eastern Europe Resource Team Director Igor Fridrikh translated for Alexander from Russian to English the concerns and fears his countrymen, and especially the children, are ...

New Beginnings in 2015

2015 IS OFF AND RUNNING! Most of us have taken stock of the previous year and have already made new plans for the New Year. New beginnings are part of the world God created The four seasons cause us to think ...

The Cox family starts Enduring Treasure Ministries

Joe and Julie Cox came to serve with Every Generation Ministries (EGM) in 2006. Joe was given charge over operations for the ministry’s international efforts, while Julie served in communications and curriculum development. At that time, EGM was working in ...

Why the Baby Jesus matters

His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful by Simon Dewey In September, my wife lost her mother to liver cancer and Oleta Faye Earles went to be with the LORD. During the days leading up to and after her passing, our ...

Season of Thankfulness

My wife Marla teaches at a local Christian School and every year at this time, staff members gather together all the coats, sweaters, shoes, shirts and hats from lost and found. The small mountain of goods belies the world of cavalier materialism that has been created unintentionally. ...

Fishers of Men: Where are all the Children?

I have long felt that Jesus' recruitment of fishermen as His key disciples gave special status to fishing. The fact that He urged them to be fishers of men only further reinforced the importance of fishing. I should confess that ...

A Leader is Developed, Not Born

Whenever I feel frustrated or discouraged as a leader, I turn first to my wife Marla. Several years ago, I felt unable to help a young leader grow in effectiveness, and expressed my discouragement to Marla. I said, “How could ...

Every Generation Ministries found its Polish Director in Taiwan

When Every Generation Ministries (EGM) President, Daniel Watts, stepped down as the Director of EGM-Poland in 1997, the Polish Board of Directors chose Andrzej Michnik to serve as its Polish Director. Andrzej served in that role from 1998. Andrzej stepped ...

We Are Not Born Right with God

Why Christianity is a Foreign Religion (Part 3) Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń, Poland The logic goes something like this... the message of the gospel was entrusted to the Holy Catholic Church. Anyone who becomes a member of the Roman Catholic ...

International Giving: Be Careful with the Coin

Why Christianity is a Foreign Religion (Part 2) Read Part 1: English Should Not be the Lingua Franca Three years ago, I stood in the sanctuary of a large church in Belarus that had the capacity to seat over one ...

In Loving Memory of Oleta Earles

Oleta Fay Earles Fifteen years ago, I was traveling home to Poland and spoke to Marla just before boarding my transatlantic flight. Shortly after I boarded, Marla’s mother, Oleta Earles, called Poland from California to track down my whereabouts. The ...

English Should Not be the Lingua Franca

Daniel C. Watts Why Christianity is a Foreign Religion (Part 1) One Sunday, a Swedish Pastor visited our Polish church in Krakow, Poland. He did not speak Polish or English, and there was no Swedish-Polish translator. Therefore, in order for him ...

Why Christianity is a Foreign Religion

My wife Marla and I moved to Poland in 1991, and over the next ten years worked to understand the Polish language and culture. In the beginning, we discovered the widespread perception that Evangelical Christianity was a foreign religion. Over ...

Heart Language in Children's Ministry

Daniel C. Watts There are several issues which have proven to be contentious among Christians. One of them involves Pentecost, and the early church experience of speaking in tongues. Amidst the controversy regarding the work of the Holy Spirit, we ...

Father and Children Camp in Romania Bridges Relationships

Challenge dad! Build a footbridge with dad! These two sentences are the two ways one could understand the double meaning in the Romanian title of the father and children camp organized this summer by EGM Romania. The Romanian title is “Pun’te ...

Please Pray for Oleta Earles

Daniel C. Watts This blog article was supposed to focus on the importance of language, culture and ministry. However, things have happened in my life that have drawn my attention elsewhere. Ten days ago, I had all my plans laid out for the ...

Global Networking Efforts with David Overstreet

My wife was born in a small town and when we visit, it seems like everyone knows Marla's mother. They wave when she drives by and it seems as though someone knows her in every store we enter. She could ...

How the Bible Fits Into Cross-Cultural Ministry

Daniel C. Watts By the grace of God, I am blessed to be part of a cross-cultural ministry that seeks to transform children in Christ through His church around the world. His grace allowed me to live in Poland for ...

Romania Celebrates 12 Years of Ministry

The EGM Romania National Ministry Team was registered in 2002. This year, the ministry is celebrating 12 years of serving the Lord to see more Romanian boys and girls transformed in Christ through His local churches. EGM Romania Celebrates its ...

Children Love to Celebrate

Daniel C. Watts Children love Christmas and birthdays because they are typically times of joy, games, food and fun. Celebrations involve friends and family, and allow children to stop and remember something important. My Children Celebrate "Doughnut Day" When our children were ...

Peru Director, Charo Ramirez

Daniel C. Watts Two years ago, Charo Ramirez was called by the Peruvian Board of Directors to serve as the Director of Every Generation Ministries Peru. This was a good decision. During this short period of time, God has used ...
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