Author Archives: Lauren Rutland Hightower

A Texas native, Lauren has served as the children’s minister at University Church of Christ, Shreveport since February 2013. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.S. in Child and Family Development in December 2012, and is currently working toward a Master of Divinity from Abilene Christian University. She is married to Ray and together they have two dogs, Gus and Belle. She has an identical twin sister and older siblings who are also twins. Her areas of interest are church leadership, spiritual formation, and pastoral care. She considers herself a life-long learner and enjoys finding ways to apply these areas of interest in her current setting as a children’s minister. She may be contacted by email at [email protected] or follow her on twitter @lruthightow89.

Discipling Children, Part 2: Children as Covenant People

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all humankind. (John…

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Discipling Children, Part 1: Pilgrims on a Journey

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them. (Genesis 1:27a) — Historically, childhood has been viewed through various lenses as theology and culture have evolved. For instance, by examining medieval artwork, one could conclude that the idea of childhood did not exist until modernity. The artwork…

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For the Sake of the Gospel

Homonoia is an ancient Greek concept which means “of one mind.” This concept was largely political in is origins, as classical Greek thinkers and rulers adopted the understanding to create unity among their subjects and states. Phillip II of Macedonia utilized Homonoia around the year 338 BC to unite Greek states and wage…

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3 Steps to Keep Your Children’s Ministry Clique Free

It was during our most recent Fall Retreat weekend when I stood from a noticeable distance as I observed one 4th grade girl say to another, “No, we’re still friends with you. We just don’t want you to sit by us right now.” I knew in that moment that my sweet babies, who…

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An Invitation for Children to Participate in Worship

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” -Dr. Seuss John Westerhoff III, a faith development theorist, offers valuable language to redefine childhood. “Perhaps,” he argues, “it would be better if we stopped using the words children and adolescents, and talked about people and the different characteristics they share at different times in…

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The Samaritan Woman and the Church’s Response to #MeToo

At the site of Jacob’s well, which is still in existence today, Jesus met a Samaritan woman on his way back to Galilee and asked her for a drink of water. We find many discrepancies at play within the breadth of this narrative and its culture: local women did not draw water alone,…

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