Have you ever wondered how to share the gospel with kids in a more effective way? If you came to CentriKid this summer, you may have seen a new resource we’ve provided for sharing the gospel with kids. It’s called The Gospel, God’s Plan for Me. This small 16-page booklet walks kids through
the gospel story, beginning with creation, and outlines our response to the gospel. This booklet will soon be available online and in LifeWay stores as a resource you can use in your ministry.
Why did we create this resource?
Where can you use it?
Look for The Gospel, God’s Plan for Me, available in LifeWay stores and online this winter. It will be available in both HCSB and ESV.
A phrase I grasped hold of quite a few years ago was this: “Be a life learner.”
The world around us is rapidly growing and changing and there is always new information to learn. When I approach each day as alearner, I am placing value on the ideas and people around me. Learning is an act of humility, and being an effective minister of the Gospel means constantly seeking to relate to those around us. Keeping the “life learner” mentality is key to avoiding complacency and continually seeking to grow.
1. Learn to love to read. There are countless people in this world smarter than me and though I may never get the chance to chat with them, their ideas and resources are often right at my fingertips. Get in a habit of reading often, be it novels, blogs, or even how-to’s.
2. Find a mentor. No matter what stage of life you may be in, seek to find someone older than you who can counsel you with Godly wisdom. Chances are they have walked through many of the circumstances you are in now and you can grow from their experience!
3. Go to a conference. Conferences are great places to connect with both peers and professionals who are both seeking to learn and looking for great ideas. Be sure to check out the upcoming LifeWay Kids Ministry Conference!
4. Keep an open mind. It takes a lot of humility to admit that my way is not necessarily always the best way. Listen to the ideas of others, observe the pros and cons, and keep yourself open to change!
This Friday, take a minute to find something new from LifeWay Kids by checking out these resources. The CentriKid team is part of the larger LifeWay Kids ministry team so we wanted to share the love today and point you towards a few of the other ministry resources we offer.
To get all the news and updates, follow some of these resources on a social network or check out their blogs.
The Kids Ministry 101 blog is the main spot for social meda info on all things LifeWay Kids. You can regularly learn fun facts and get to know the folks on the LifeWay Kids team here.
LifeWay VBS – The main site for theme information, spritual direction, VBS Preview Events, and the VBS blog.
The Gospel Project for Kids has lots of samples, videos, and details about the newest study from LifeWay. There may even be something to pass on to the Pastor or the Student Ministry folks at your church because the Gospel Project is designed for all three age groups.
The Gospel Project on Facebook periodically posts inspiring images that are cool to share with your other Facebook friends.
At CentriKid Camps, we love fun and active games. One of our favorites is called Fencing! This game is definitely a crowd pleaser.
4 boffers or foam swords (4 halved pool noodles will also do the trick)
Have players stand in a circle, and place the boffers in the center.
Any player may run to the center and grab a sword. Once a second player enters the circle and grabs a sword,
the players may sword fight. When a player is tagged, he or she must drop the sword, return to the circle, and sit down. A player may not be tagged until he or she has picked up a sword. Up to four players may fight at a time. The last player standing wins!
If you have a large group, consider playing in two circles.
In this game, players fight against one another. In our lives, our sinful nature constantly fights against us. Just like in the game, there can only be one winner, in our lives, only one person can defeat our sin. Check out Romans 7, and especially verses 24-25a: “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
“It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28
There is not much that ranks higher on the list of things we should teach children than a love for serving. We are to be compelled by our love for Christ into serving. Here are 5 practical ways you can instill a love for serving in those that you lead at church or in your children at home.
1. Serve together. Involve entire families in the serving process.
2. Do something that a kid can do well. Although young kids may not be able to build a house or paint someone’s fence, they can serve food to homeless with a smile on their face. Kids will connect when they feel they are doing well and are making a difference. Teach children to speak to those they serve and try to treat them like Jesus would treat them.
3. Do something practical where you can see immediate fruit. Pass out clothes to a family who lost their home in a fire, or sort canned goods and then stay for when they distribute them. As kids see needs met, they’ll understand the great need to serve.
4. Help them understand it doesn’t have to be organized on a Saturday morning. Challenge kids to take someone’s lunch tray or to be generous with their school supplies when someone needs something. Teach them to watch for needs that they can meet.
5. Let the kids choose where and how to serve. If they would rather give out bottled water (must be sealed) at a local baseball game or go clean the house of someone who has been in the hospital than go serve a meal at the soup kitchen or go play games at a nursing home, then let them.
Cast the vision that serving is not about us and all about meeting the needs of others.
Teaching children to love to serve is one of the best ways to set them up to be servants throughout their life.
Give kids a chance to serve, and teaching them to love it will just happen!
We base hiring decisions for the CentriKid office and CentriKid summer staff on three qualities….character, chemistry, and competence … in that order. We get this emphasis from reading Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels.