Gospel-Centered Kids Ministry
This book addresses the longer term drift of young people away from the church by presenting a model of kids ministry that puts the emphasis entirely on the good news of Jesus. These guidelines focus not on activity styles, but...
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This book addresses the longer term drift of young people away from the church by presenting a model of kids ministry that puts the emphasis entirely on the good news of Jesus. These guidelines focus not on activity styles, but on the real gospel-centred transformation of children's hearts.
The story of Jesus interacting with the Emmaus disciples after his resurrection provides an outline for what a gospel-centered kids ministry looks like: gospel-centered teaching that points to Jesus in every session, gospel-centered transformation that positions the gospel to change a child's heart and then his or her behavior, and gospel-centered mission where kids join in on the big story of Jesus that continues to unfold.
Seven out of ten kids will walk away from church after they turn eighteen. About five will return when they have families of their own. But two will never return. Clearly, something isn't connecting with our kids. As kids ministry leaders, we need to take a hard look at what we are missing in our kids ministries and provide kids the one thing that will satisfy them and keep them connected to the church-the gospel.
Gospel-Centered Kids Ministry also addresses how to communicate with and encourage gospel-centered leaders and parents as part of your ministry.
Dr. Brian Dembowczyk has been a pastor for over 15 years at churches in Florida, Maryland, and Kentucky. He has served in a variety of roles including senior pastor, discipleship pastor, executive pastor, and student & family pastor. Brian earned an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, Kentucky) and a D.Min. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (New Orleans, Louisiana), where he serves as an extension campus adjunct professor. He also is a frequent contributor to several LifeWay Christian Resources publications. Brian and his wife, Tara, have three ch