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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...



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Connections: Mark Entzminger

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As the senior director of Assemblies of God Children’s Ministries, Mark Entzminger oversees Children’s Ministries Agency, Royal Rangers, National Girls Ministries, and Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge with the goal of focusing into a unified front the four ministries’ efforts to reach children with the gospel. Editor Ken Horn recently spoke with Entzminger regarding the role men play in children’s lives.

evangel: Father’s Day begs the question, what impact do male role models have in a child’s life, and how is that role important?

ENTZMINGER: Children need to know what it looks like to be a godly man. They need to find that in the home, and they need to find that in the church.

Growing up, I had a lot of good male role models. But yet, if I ask which one of them do I look most like, it’s my dad. I learned so many things from him — more than just how to drive or how to change a tire. The attitudes, the perspectives, the worldview I have are things he may not have taught intentionally, but I caught them from him.

In the church, it’s so important we have men who are living the Word of God in front of the children. Take, for instance, the simple thing of worship. If men have the perception of “I don’t want to worship because it’s really doing nothing for me; it’s out of my zone,” guess what? By not worshipping, you’re teaching the child two rows behind you.

Men need to understand that when they are in church or passing a child in the hall, the way they carry themselves and the things that they talk about — when children see that, they are learning. It augments even more when we take it into the home. It’s crucial that men in the church and in the home understand that it’s not just about the intentional teaching moments, but everything we do is shaping the children we’re interacting with.


evangel: What are some ways fathers can create a solid relationship with their children?

ENTZMINGER: I’ve heard the acronym TLC applied to this. Every day you have a little TLC with every one of your kids, and if you start here this would be a great launching point for you.

The T is for a very positive and affirming touch, such as a hug, a pat on the shoulder, a high five or a fist bump that says “Good job.” The L is for lovingly communicating to them that you love them. And the C is for complimenting them. Teenagers and children can often feel like they can’t do anything right. And sometimes, as mom and dad, we get frustrated and feel like our kids can’t do anything right. But the truth of the matter is, even if they’re trying and failing, we can compliment them in some way, perhaps simply on their effort.

There are a lot of things you can do, but that would be a good place to start. I would just recommend that you start somewhere by spending time with them.


evangel: How can we be more intentional about godly men in our churches impacting the lives of children?

ENTZMINGER: Many men in the church have the perception that children’s ministry isn’t for them, that they can’t do that. But even if there were just a three-minute window in a Sunday morning kid’s church service where a man could come in and share about how he serves God where he works, that could be significant because it begins to open up the conversation and it’s a great way to get men involved.

For more information about CMA, Royal Rangers, National Girls Ministries and BGMC, visit 4kids.ag.org, royalrangers.com, ngm.ag.org and bgmc.ag.org.

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