Student & Family Ministries – September 20, 2017

Phase Guides

If you have kids, I bet someone in your life has commented to you, “don’t worry, it’s just a phase.” It’s true. Kids grow and change at a rapid pace making it hard to keep up. As soon as you think you have a handle on today, tomorrow comes and brings its own set of challenges.

“Phase Guides are an 18-part series of concise and interactive journal-style books that simplify what parents need to know about each phase of a kid’s life and give them the opportunity to discover more about their children — so they can make the most of every phase.

Student & Family Ministries – September 6, 2017

Department of Student and Family Ministries: Darkness to Light

This week I will be heading to Charleston, S.C. for Darkness to Light facilitator training. Darkness to Light is a non-profit organization dedicated to “empowering adults to prevent child sexual abuse” ( I was first acquainted with this certificate class when ACGC made it available here at the offices last year. I signed up simply because a few church members were attending. I had no idea, at the time, how valuable this training would prove to be in my own life and in the lives of others.

Student & Family Ministries – August 30, 2017

NYWC is Right Around the Corner!

Every year, youth workers from around North America gather for an event called National Youth Workers Convention. This four-day event is probably the original youth ministry conference and continues to be one of the largest and most influential events of its kind. Put on by Youth Specialties, a significant partner for us here at ACGC, the National Youth Workers Convention affords youth pastors and youth leaders the opportunity to learn from some of the foremost minds in youth ministry, and to be inspired and encouraged through various keynote sessions and creative opportunities.

Student & Family Ministries – August 23, 2017

Resource Center: Bibles for Move Up Sunday

This fall, many churches are planning a way to acknowledge kids’ and teens’ moving up within the church. Whether a child is starting preschool Sunday school or a teen is entering the youth group, these notable times afford a great opportunity for getting Bibles into the hands of kids. Here are my top picks divided by age category:

Preschool Bible – Up to age 6


“The Beginner’s Bible” serves as a colorful and engaging introduction to the stories of the Bible. The sentence structures are simple, which makes this a great resource for beginner readers. Little ones will love hearing these stories read aloud and will also enjoy reading independently!

Student & Family Ministries – August 16, 2017

                  Matt Larkin

Racial Tension: Having Productive Conversations

Traditionally, this column has largely been used to discuss programs and services offered by ACGC’s Department of Student & Family Ministries. However, it is our desire to be a resource to churches and families in ways that go beyond the regular services that we offer. As such, I wanted to use this week’s column to discuss an issue that has been once again thrust to the center of American life in recent days, due to the recent events that took place at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. These events have led to a re-igniting of the race conversation in our society, and it is imperative that we as Advent Christians are able to have productive conversations on this issue in our churches, communities and families.