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Two Great Child Evangelism Resources!

Here are two fantastic child evangelism resources you can get on the cheap:

Leading Children Towards Gospel Repentance and Faith by Marty Machowski, (Covenant Fellowship Church, 2007), $5.00

Helping Children to Understand the Gospel by Sally Michael, Jill Nelson, and Bud Burk, (Children Desiring God, 2009), $7.50

I’ll probably be requiring both of these for Sojourn’s Pastor’s School this coming Spring.  Great resources!

Listen to free audio of the Jesus Storybook Bible

Listen to free audio from one of my favorite Bible storybooks, the Jesus Storybook Bible from

There was once a little girl who didn’t get out of bed one morning, or the next, or the next…
God’s people had some scary enemies, but the Philistines were the scariest of them all…
The heavens are singing about how great God is…
God had a job for Jonah. But Jonah didn’t want it…
Time passed and many people filled the earth. Everyone everywhere had forgotten about God…

Notes from the Family Ministry portion of The Gospel, Counseling, and the Church Conference

You probably know that Sojourn recently hosted a conference called The Gospel, Counseling, and the Church.  SojournKids hosted a pre-conference “family track” for leaders in children’s, student, and family ministry.  I asked Patrick Aldridge, Pastor for Children and Youth at Redeemer Fellowship Church, St. Charles, IL, to take detailed notes for the blog.  He did:

Jared Kennedy asked me to “take detailed notes” of the pre-conference family ministry stuff as well as the break out sessions on parenting dealing with Gospel centered children’s and youth ministry.  He was whining something about his wife being ready to give birth again and he wasn’t sure he was going to be there.  I think he was looking for a way of getting the information without doing any of the work; but whatever he’s a good and godly friend so I am happy to bail him out.

[at the time of posting there is still no baby, so maybe I was just trying to get out of work--Jared]

Tuesday morning and early afternoon a group of us who are all involved in children, youth, and or family ministry got together to talk through some of the issues and struggles we all have.  After a round of introductions, Mark Prater from Covenant Fellowship shared about making sure the children’s youth, and family ministries are Gospel centered.  A ministry, any ministry, which is Gospel centered will bear its own fruit (Col. 1:6).  It’s not about methods or models, it’s about the Gospel.  The Gospel is the central truth we seek to teach and apply. Continue Reading…

Bible translation matters to children’s ministry!

“In the 1984 NIV when Paul says (in 2 Corinthians 11:25) ‘I was stoned,’ we changed it to ‘pelted with stones’ to avoid the laughter in the junior high row of the church.”

–Douglas J. Moo, Committee on Bible Translation

What other texts do you know that could be confusing to kids the way they are currently translated in modern English versions?

Memory Monday (8/31/09)

Q.  Who wrote the Bible?  A.  Chosen men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

(From this week’s Show Me Jesus Toddler curriculum)

What is “Memory Monday”? Each week I’ll post Scripture and/or Bible doctrine memory work from the previous Sunday’s children’s Bible lessons. Here is the challenge! Learn the memory work together as a family. Then, kids, come to our Sunday gatherings next week and recite the memory work to Mrs. Kelsey Barnes (St. Matthews campus), Mr. David Kidd (Germantown campus) or me to receive a reward.