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Jeremy Echols and Bill Emeott join Chuck on the Kids Ministry 101 Podcast this week to discuss the importance of Sharing the gospel with Kids. Jeremy and Bill talk about how we train our CentriKid Camps staff and how they relate everything back to the gospel. We aim to help kids grow in their relationship with Christ and to present the message clearly for those who don’t have a relationship with Christ.
Earlier this week, we released a free training that was used at CentriKid Camps this summer to train staff and leaders on how to clearly and appropriately share the gospel with kids. You can find that training here!
Jeremy Echols leads the CentriKid Camps and Student Life for Kids teams. He, his wife Emily, and their precious daughter love their church, their neighborhood, and spending time together. Jeremy loves to read, watch sports, and grill burgers.
Bill Emeott serves as Lead Ministry Specialist for LifeWay Kids. A graduate of Mercer University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Bill has served as a Kid’s Minister and considers himself a professional Sunday School teacher. He currently teaches 2nd Grade Bible study at his home church in Nashville.
To find out more about CentriKid Camps click HERE!
In earlier episodes of the “Settle for Nothing Less” podcast series, Jana Magruder shared indicators that had small, moderate or large an impact on a child’s spiritual health. In this episode, she shares what factors actually didn’t make the list. Listen and see if you’re surprised about some of the things that didn’t show up in the “Nothing Less” research.
Jana Magruder serves as the Director of LifeWay Kids. She is a Baylor graduate and offers a wealth of experience and passion for kids ministry, education, and publishing. She is the author of Kids Ministry that Nourishes and Life Verse Creative Journal, which she co-authored with her teenage daughter. She and her husband, Michael, along with their three children reside in Nashville.
Jana Magruder, Director of LifeWay Kids, joins us on the podcast this week to unpack the research in her new book, “Nothing Less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith.” Her book unveils a study that looks at the faith characteristics of current adults and looks at the parenting practices and habits they were exposed to growing up. As kids ministry leaders and as parents, how can we settle for “nothing less” than what truly matters?
Jeremy Echols, leads the CentriKid Camps team for LifeWay Kids , joins the podcast this week explaining steps kids ministry leaders can take to prepare practically and spiritually for camp.
Each year in the weeks leading up to Easter we hear from churches, parents, and leaders who are looking for intentional ways to keep their children focused on the resurrection amidst all the celebration. We are so encouraged by families’ commitments to celebrate the Easter story together, and have created an Easter Devotional Guide to help you do just that. We hope our resources help you lead family discipleship throughout your entire church.
Click the image below to download the 2018 version of the LifeWay Kids Easter Devotional Guide. Post the link on your kids ministry social media page or print out copies of the guide to hand out next Sunday. May we truly celebrate our Savior’s resurrection this Easter and beyond. Happy Easter!
“Daddy, I wish that we were in Mama’s Corvette,” my nine-year-old Nash said. I was caught off guard and quickly shot back, “Do what?” “The Corvette. I wish that we were in Mom’s Corvette,” he replied.
As fun as I think it would be, our family of six does not, in fact, have a Corvette. We do, however, have a well-used Acadia. Somewhere, somehow Nash had gotten the names mixed up.
This misconception led me to think about how we get things mixed up in life and how important it is that we clearly teach our kids in words and ways that they can understand best. That’s exactly why LifeWay developed the Levels of Biblical Learning. It’s intentional in its plan and its terminology for helping parents and teachers disciple the kids God has entrusted to their care.
We wouldn’t expect a first grader to have a developed sense of the Trinity, but we do want him to understand that God is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This concept is part of a deeper foundation that is laid even as the child is a baby and we teach him that God made me (Father), Jesus told people about God (Son), and God helps me (Holy Spirit).
With each passing year, a child’s ability to understand more about who God is increasing. With the proper foundation, kids will take each year of learning and build upon that to reach a greater understanding of how much God loves them.
Just as I have work to do teaching my son, Nash, the difference between an expensive sports car and our family-sized SUV, we all have work to do teaching the kids in our ministries about who God is. By providing them with age-appropriate learning concepts through the Levels of Biblical Learning, you can be sure that you are teaching kids the way they learn best!
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Jeff Land is Publishing Team Leader for Bible Studies For Life: Kids. He holds a BSW from Mississippi College and a MACE from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeff has served as children’s pastor and currently teaches second graders each week at his church. Jeff, his wife Abbey, and their four sons live in Coopertown, TN.
Easter not only provides us with the opportunity to share the gospel message with our guests, but with our regular attending kids as well. One of the greatest joys of kids ministries is seeing our kids grow and reach the point where they can respond to the gospel by trusting in Christ. And the great thing about our regular kids is that we don’t have to contain the Easter story to just one Sunday—we can spread it out over several weeks and go even deeper to help move our kids toward saving faith in Christ.
The Gospel Project for Kids team has just released a new Easter Bible study resource called The Big Picture Easter Bundle. If you currently use The Gospel Project in your ministry, you will have an Easter unit included in your Spring 2017 content. However if you do not currently use The Gospel Project, and would like to experience a gospel-centered Easter resource, this may be just what you are looking for. This five-session digital resource can be used in your preschool and grade school classes all five Sundays in April to share the compelling story of the final week of Jesus’ earthly ministry, His crucifixion, resurrection, and appearances to His disciples.
Each session is designed to last one hour and includes downloadable Bible story videos, songs, music videos, leader guides, activity pages, posters, coloring sheets, cards, and more. The Big Picture Easter Bundle includes all of that for preschool and grade school and more for just $74.99. Churches can print as many of the resources as they need for their leaders and kids, making this a one-size-fits-all resource!
The five sessions include:
- The Last Supper
- Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
- Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection
- The Emmaus Disciples
- Jesus Appeared to the Disciples
Each of the sessions will help share the Easter story with your preschoolers and kids, with each one pointing directly to the good news of the gospel through a Christ connection. If you are looking for Easter content to share with your preschoolers and kids, our hope is that The Big Picture Easter Bundle would be a resource that you could use to show your kids God’s love made known to us in His Son, Jesus Christ.
To learn more about The Big Picture Easter Bundle, visit www.gospelproject.com/easter.
Brian Dembowczyk is the team leader for The Gospel Project for Kids. He served in local church ministry for over 16 years before coming to LifeWay. Brian earned an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his family live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.