Discovery Land Blog

How Do Our Kids View The World?

Jessi Borchardt - Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Why do we focus so heavily in Discovery Land on grounding kids in the Word of God and giving them a Biblical worldview?

The research in this recent article is alarming. But as followers of Christ, we are not people of despair...we are people of hope! Let's commit to holding God's Word in high regard, praying for our kids, teaching God's Word with passion and excellence, and then trusting God to work in big ways! 

https://www.summit.org/resources/articles/research-barna-summit-competing-worldviews-influence-todays-christians/

I Corinthians 15:58 - STAND FIRM!





I’d like a double portion, please

Jessi Borchardt - Thursday, November 17, 2016


With the holidays upon us, we might think: I’d like an extra portion of mashed potatoes or the extra big piece of pie. Keep heaping it on there! Wouldn’t it be rude to be so bold to ask anyone, even our own parents, if we could have double what they had? Please give me my share plus!

Elisha did just that, though. When Elijah asked, “What is it I can leave you with?” Elisha answered, “Please, let there be a double portion of your spirit upon me.” Elisha didn’t want a cloak, a new staff, or a promise that everything would be ok. Elisha knew what the most important thing of all was: the spirit of the Lord, which had been with Elijah. Elisha wanted that, in double portion! 

It has me thinking: When was the last time I thought I can’t, I’m not strong enough, I don’t know enough, I need to know more, I need to be more ….? Unfortunately, the answer to that is: all too often.

Elisha has reminded me this morning, as I have prepared my DL lesson for the coming week, to start my morning with a simple, bold prayer:
Dear Lord, remind me that you are always with me and Father. Give me a double portion of your Spirit so that I might accomplish all you have for me today in boldness, and faith. Let me finish strong. Amen.

Reading and preparing my lessons each week, from Sunday to Sunday, allows me the time to think on and process all God has for me in His Word this week. What has God taught you this week in preparing for your Discovery Land lesson of the week?

The Know, Do, Think and Feel Right of Leadership

Jessi Borchardt - Friday, September 23, 2016
By: Amanda Alberts



With the start of a new year of Discovery Land, it is a great time to talk about the Do Right point of being a great leader. Whether you are a leader in a classroom, a service leader, a department leader or leader of the ministry, it is important to Do leadership Right!

In Discovery Land, it is always important to Know why we do what is Right. We lead Right because we serve an awesome God who brought all things into being by the power of His word, appointed each one of us to this particular time and place to do the work He has called us to do, equips us, perfects us, molds us and uses all we are and offer to Him for His great glory. He is perfect, He is almighty, and He could have done all the work alone, but He has invited us to serve Him and be a part of the amazing work He is doing in His Kingdom on earth and into eternity. Isn’t it worthwhile to serve such a God-- a God who keeps the hailstones, who gives borders to the waves and who tells the sun to rise and set--with excellence?

Let’s Think about 1 Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. As we give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord, right leadership:

  • Finds answers rather than excuses
  • Apologizes and doesn’t blame
  • Finds new ways to assist others and make their jobs easier
  • Delegates responsibilities and then allows new leaders to flourish
  • Is humble and welcomes constructive criticism 
  • Chooses to serve alongside those on their team 
  • Says ‘thank you’ and is sincere 
  • Is passionate and shares that passion with others
  • Keeps your personal relationship with Christ number one 
  • Prays for the ministry
  • Studies their Bible lesson from the Bible
  • Reads and knows the curriculum each week
  • Has a teachable spirit

When we Know why we lead with excellence, we Think of 1 Corinthians 15:58, and then we lead Right, we can Feel good about a job well done, grateful for the opportunity to be part of God’s work and excited about what comes next.

Teach Like a... Rock Star?

Jessi Borchardt - Thursday, July 23, 2015


I was recently at Lifest, a Christian Music Festival with the tag line: Party with a Purpose.

I spent some time thinking about what it might be like to be a rock star on stage, from the set up to the team of handlers keeping adoring fans at bay, being sure you’re fed your favorite foods and all your favorite items are at hand, from your sweat towel to new guitar. I’ll never be a rock star leading a field full of fans in worship and dancing. I’ll never get a standing ovation or have a line of people waiting for me to put my name on a shirt, or a photo, or....anything. No one at Lifest lined up to take pictures with me, but there was this one little boy… his name was Wyatt. I ran into him and his mom outside the kid’s tent. It was day three of the festival and his mom told me he was beginning to get worried. His mom shared that each of those three days he looked and looked for me, because I had told him in our class the week before that I’d be there. To Wyatt I’m important and his mom loves that he looks for me. I’m not a rock star, but I am a Discovery Land teacher. I think it is just as important. So I stopped thinking about rock stars and started thinking about what it means to teach with purpose every Sunday morning.

Just like the performers at Lifest we need to assess our audience. We need to teach to their level, we need to know if they are coming because someone made them and they have no idea what they are going to get, or if they have heard it all a hundred times before but just don’t get how it applies to them and where they fit in, or if they are solid in their faith and looking to grow closer to God each time they walk through the doors. Teaching with purpose will have each of those kids walking out of your room with just what they need. DL Curriculum hits each of these points when you follow the lesson plan. You will give each kid what they came for and even what they didn’t know they were looking for. Each lesson builds on the lesson before and sets up the next. This is done so our kids can understand that God has a good and perfect plan. These are not random stories we thought were fun. They demonstrate the time line God set in place when He created the world. Kids learn where they fit in God's world. The lessons are taught with a know right, think right and do right point so we can understand how to apply Gods word to our current lives, whether we are talking about Paul praising God in prison or the Israelites disobeying in the desert. And each and every lesson offers the opportunity to share the Gospel. Sunday after Sunday we are given the chance to be the very first exposure a child has to the Word of God, and we don’t know when, or if, that chance will come again. Give that child a clear understanding of the Gospel and an invitation to ask Christ to be their Savior. If you teach with these purposes in mind and you hit each of these points as spelled out in the lesson, you might have three or four kids at the end jumping up, not beginning for an autograph, but excited to take the next step in their walk with Christ! You might not get a standing ovation, you probably have to put away your own creative props and likely you'll be finding your own lunch. It’s not exactly like being a rock star, but I believe it might even be better. Be a teacher who teaches with purpose!