• A Biblical Worldview

    Now more than ever before we are being challenged to know what we believe. And not only must we know it, our teenagers and children must have it deeply rooted in their hearts and minds. "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." - 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) As you look through this issue, ask yourself if you could give answers to these questions...

    Does absolute, universal truth exist?

    Can we know that He exists?

    How can we be sure that the Bible is trustworthy?

    Is He really the one and only Savior?

    Why does a supposedly loving God allow suffering in the world?

    Even further ask yourself if you are giving the children you minister to each week the tools to answer these questions.

  • acts2_diagram_400Discipleship

    The local church is called to share our faith and to make disciples of those who receive the message of salvation. Acts 2:1- 4 provides the empowerment for the church to accomplish the task and Acts 2:42 - 47 provides plan for implementation. To assist the local church in making disciples the Discipleship Ministries Agency has developed the Acts 2 Process. It is built around five Biblical foundations, Worship, Connect, Grow, Serve and Go. This is not a new program but a life long process of growing in Jesus.

    Rev. Alton Garrison, Assistant General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, has written a book to introduce churches to the Acts 2 Process. For further information concerning the Acts 2 Process, please contact our office or the Assemblies of God Discipleship Agency. 

  • Children's Ministry

    There are many resources for those involved in Children's Ministry. There are magazines, internet sites, conferences and many others. However, the greatest resource we have are the people who are doing Children's Ministry. We are blessed here in Southern New England with many outstanding children's pastors and I am blessed whenever one of them lets me know what is happening in their ministry.

    I recently received an e-mail from Danielle Christy, Children's Pastor at Mount Hope Community Church in Burlington, MA. She has an article published in the on-line magazine of International Network of Children's Ministry. The title of the article is Pregnant Pastor. She writes about being pregnant while ministering full time.

    In all my years of reading magazines designed for pastors and church leaders, I do not ever remember reading an article of this topic. This is an article that every children's leader should read. Even if you are a man, you probably have female volunteers who become pregnant and this article will help you understand what they are dealing with as they minister while pregnant. You can access the article at http://www.incm.org/emag/emag_jul10.html.

    I had the privilege of visiting Kids Camp in July. I was once again reminded of the dedicated men and women who give of their time and energy to minister to the children of our Ministry Network during the summer. These volunteers are out in 90+ degree days, sleeping in less than ideal situations and eating camp food. Yet many of them do this year after year because they love our children. These individuals are to be commended for their dedication and I know they will be rewarded, both here in seeing lives impacted and in heaven.

    I have recieved calls from churches asking if I knew of any children's evangelists or teams they could have in their church. I would like to recommend a team that will bless your children and your children. That team is Studio Z of Zion Bible College. These young people are dedicated, energetic, and on fire for the Lord. We had them at our church this summer and they also ministered at Kids Camp. I know you will not be disappointed if you have them at your church.


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    Junior Bible Quiz

    Have you heard the buzz about Junior Bible Quiz?  Kids everywhere are joining the fun and excitement of JBQ.  They form teams in their churches and learn questions and answers about the Bible.  JBQ teams work together by participating in fun quizzing matches and competitions with other JBQ teams.  It’s all very cool, fast, and exciting!

    Think about starting a Junior Bible Quiz team with the kids in your church.
    Helping to hide God’s Word in their hears can be very rewarding.  So join the buzz!

    To find out more send an email to Christian Education Director, Heath McCoy or visit the national website: http://nationaljbq.org

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    Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge (BGMC)


    "BGMC is the AG missions program for kids that instills a heart of compassion to reach the lost through praying, giving, and going. All funds raised through BGMC go to meet critical needs around the world such as feeding programs, water wells, Bible schools, curriculum, and whatever else a missionary needs in their part of the world."

    I want to thank the churches of our District for their faithful support of BGMC.  Your faithful giving allows us to meet the needs of missionaries around the world and to provide help to our home missions churches. If your church is not involved in BGMC we encourage you to get involved. Your church will be blessed, your children will be blessed and missionaries at home and abroad will be blessed.  To find out more you can check out the national BGMC website.

  • How many times have you ordered material that you thought would work great in your church only to have it fall flat? As those of us who minister in New England we have found that very often programs that work well in other parts of the country do not seem to work as well here. We want this section to be a place where you can come and find ideas that have worked here in our District. We invite you to share with us programs that have worked for you and we will post here so others can benefit from your experience. Also, if you have tried something that did not work, we would like you to share that with us also. While it may seem embarassing, you may be able to help others from making the same mistake.

    Here are a couple of programs that have worked in our churches.

    “The Way of the Master” by Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron. Used by Rev. Philip Morgan, First A/G, Brookfield, CT

    This is an 8 week course shows people how they can talk to their friends about the Lord in a way like they never would have before.  It encourages people out of their comfort zone and instructs them how to get around the head (the place of argument) to the heart (the place of conscience).  Philip says, “My people are crazy for evangelism now.  We did this study on Sunday nights and it has launched outreaches in New York City and even foreign mission trips.”  His eyes twinkled as he spoke of the increased success of their evangelism efforts at a local fair.  There is an additional 8 week module available.  This is based on a TV series of the same name that won the National Religious Broadcaster’s award in 2005 and 2006, and the People’s Choice Award in 2004-2006.  See www.wayofthemaster.com for more information.

    “Financial PeaceUniversity by Dave Ramsey. Recommended by Rev. Randal Ackland, Cornerstone A/G, Oxford, CT

    This is a 13 week program to inform and inspire everyone about finances.  Everyone from the geek who has a color-coded budget to the free-spirit who has out of control spending will learn solid Biblical principles of handling money, getting out of debt, and investing – all with the goal of becoming more generous.  Dave notes that 7 out of 10 parishioners are living paycheck to paycheck, and many are in drowning in a sea of debt.  His records show that the average couple will dump $2,700 worth of debt in the 13 weeks alone.  Randal says, “We had 35 family units attend the class on a Tuesday night with over half being from outside our church.  It turned out to be a great practical outreach to our community.  It was as if these people were just waiting to get help and talk to someone about their finances.”  The very funny and popular Dave Ramsey hosts a daily radio and television program on Fox Business News Network.  See www.daveramsey.com for more information.

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