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THE VALUE AND SPIRITUAL LIFE OF CHILDREN RECOMMENDATION RESOURCES THE VALUE OF SPIRITUAL LIFE OF CHILDREN RECOMMENDATION 1: PRIORITY IN GLOBAL VISION AND MISSION The Church of God of Prophecy prioritize this facet of ministry through its global vision and mission statements so that each local church values children and encourages their spiritual development. RECOMMENDATION 2: ASSESS Each local church assesses its present view of children and ministry to them using this diagnostic tool. Diagnostic Tool %20Evaluation.pdf RECOMMENDATION 3: DISCIPLESHIP OF CHILDREN ARTICLES “Bible Basics,” Karl Bastian. “Developing a Ministry-Wide Strategy for Making Disciples,” Karl Bastian. “What Kids Really Need.” Mark Steiner. “Faith that Prevails,” Stephanie Martin. “Kids with a Mission,” Tony Lane. “Design Your Master Plan” “Build Lifelong Disciples” “Whole Church Discipleship Strategy” http://lifewayblog.wpengine.netdna- “Steps for Developing a Discipleship Strategy” (Whole Church) “Family Discipleship Strategy” *Includes Faith Talk Samples and Songs NexGen Discipleship Strategy, Roxbury Church of Christ 6 Keys: Jesus’ Disciplemaking Strategy for Kids kids/ Children’s Ministry Is Intentional Discipleship (4 Questions to Get You There) A Framework for Teaching Children and Youth “Lifepath Discipleship Plan for Children and Teens” Changing Kids Lives Through Christian Education 0Lives%20Through%20Christian%20Education.2.pdf Ideas that Encourage Children to Grow as Disciples courage%20Children%20to%20Grow%20as%20Disciples.pdf SURVEY “Measure Your Ministry” NEWSLETTERS Master Planning: The Key to Effective Discipleship The%20Key%20to%20Effective%20Discipleship.pdf BOOKS Alexander, Donna et. al. SERVICE PROJECTS PRESCHOOLERS CAN DO! Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2001. ISBN: 978-0764424021 Barna, George. TRANSFORMING CHILDREN INTO SPIRITUAL CHAMPIONS. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light Publications, 2003. ISBN: 978-0830732937 Bastian, Karl et. al. THE ULTIMATE BIBLE GUIDE FOR CHILDREN’S MINISTRY. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 1999. ISBN: 978-0764420764 Fowler, Larry. RAISING A MODERN-DAY JOSEPH. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-4347-6705-9 Fowler, Larry. ROCK SOLID KIDS. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light Publications, 2005. ISBN: 978-0830737130 McDowell, Josh. AWESOME BOOK OF BIBLE ANSWERS FOR KIDS.Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2011. ISBN: 978-0736928724 McDowell, Josh and McDowell, Sean. JESUS IS ALIVE: EVIDENCE OF THE RESURRECTION FOR KIDS. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light Publications, 2009. ISBN: 978-0820747863 Staal, David. LEADING KIDS TO JESUS. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006. ISBN: 978-0310263821 Staal, David. LEADING YOUR KIDS TO JESUS. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0310265375 Slattery, Kathryn. IF YOU COULD ASK GOD ANYTHING: AWESOME BIBLE ANSWERS FOR CURIOUS KIDS. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2010. 978-1400316021 Strobel, Lee. THE CASE FOR…(FAITH, CREATOR, CHRIST) FOR KIDS. Eugene, OR: HarperCollins Publishing, 2010. Trent, John. PARENTS’ GUIDE TO THE SPIRITUAL GROWTH OF CHILDREN: HELPING YOUR CHILD DEVELOP A PERSONAL FAITH. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishing. ISBN: 9781561797912 Weddle, Linda Massey. HOW TO RAISE A MODERN-DAY JOESPH: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR GROWING GREAT KIDS. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2010. ISBN: 978-1434765314 Weidmann, Jim. AN INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY NIGHTS: FAMILY NIGHTS TOOL CHEST. Heritage Builders Inc. 1997. ISBN: 978-0781400961. Available at WEBSITES Child Evangelism Fellowship website for kids to use: Family Resources: D6: Family Resources: Family Resources/Partnering with Parents: Inexpensive devotional books for kids: Online training lab:; “Leadership Lab #4 Partnering with Parents” Sponsor a child: CURRICULUM The Case for Christ for Kids Curriculum, Investigating the Truth about Jesus. DVD- ROM. Zondervan. 2013. ISBN 978-0310681182 What’s in the Bible (videos, curriculum, downloads, etc.) See downloadable list at FILES Discipleship Needs s.pdf EVANGELISM OF CHILDREN ARTICLES “Sidewalk Sunday School: An exciting way to reach children and families with the message of the Gospel!” Growing A Church or Impacting a Community? Dan Reiland, “21 Outreach Activities for Kids” “Good News Events,” Ned and Joan Way. “Reaching Your Unchurched Community The New Testament Way,” Daryl Eldridge. Community-the-New-Testament-Way “20 VBS Evangelism and Discipleship strategies for Children” s-evangelism-discipleship-strategies.pdf A Great Door Has Opened %20For%20Effective%20Work%20Has%20Opened.pdf Evangelism Strategies egies.pdf Let the Children Come en%20Come.pdf BOOKS Rohrer, Norman. The Indomitable Mr. O. Child Evangelism Fellowship Inc., 2012. ISBN: 978-1559761598 NEWSLETTERS Bringing Kids in with a Kids Krusade %20With%20a%20Kids%20Krusade.pdf Reaching Unreached Kids hed%20Kids.pdf TRACTS AND WITNESSING TOOLS “The Born Again Birthday Book” This small booklet explains the six birthday gifts God gives to all who are born again as well as giving a special message to parents. It provides 6 cut-out memory verses to encourage Scripture memorization. Available at “Did You Know . . .?” A full-color children’s salvation tract that can be used in personal witnessing, outreach events, and altar ministry. Available in English, French, and Spanish at “First Steps” Am I a sinner? Can I be saved another way than through Jesus? Answer these questions and many more with this full-color, eight-page tract. You can help a child take the first steps in becoming a Christian. Available at “Gospel Gloves” This plastic glove uses Wordless Book colors (one on each finger) to tell the salvation story. On the glove are fun pictures and corresponding verses. Gloves come in packets of twelve with instructions. Available at “Gospel Turnaround“ Simple tool using the Wordless Book colors and symbols. Kids can share the Gospel with their friends. Available at “Heaven…How To Get There!” This tract presents the Gospel in six steps children can easily follow. Available at “Leading a Child/Friend to Christ Training Pack” Provides you with tools to guide parents, leaders, and older children in how to share their faith. Available at “More Gospel at Your Fingertips!” Use these handy cards for planned presentations or to share the Gospel at a moment's notice. The 25 exciting salvation object lessons are great for any children's ministry. Each Gospel presentation establishes the child's NEED of salvation, shows him the WAY of salvation. And leads him to RECEIVE the gift of salvation! Available at “Steps in Growing” What should children do after they receive Jesus as Savior? This full-color tract gives steps for children to follow as they grow in their new life. Available at “The ABCs of Becoming a Christian” Leaflet provides helpful information about how to become a Christian. Hand them out to kids to encourage them to share their faith with others. Available at “The Wordless Book” The Wordless Book gives the salvation message using five colored pages to represent Heaven, the darkness of sin, the blood of Christ, a clean heart and Christian growth. “How to Use the Wordless Book” instruction leaflet included free with each book ordered. Available at WEBSITES RECOMMENDATION 4: PASTORAL ADVOCACY FOR CHILDREN AND CHILDREN'S MINISTRY ARTICLES “Why Does Children’s Ministry Matter?” A Child Friendly Church 0Friendly%20Church.pdf Children’s Ministry at the CORE of the Church Ministry%20at%20the%20CORE%20of%20the%20Local%20Church.pdf How Children’s Ministry Helps Build Strong Local Churches ens%20Ministry%20Helps%20Build%20Strong%20Churches.pdf Raise the Value %20Value.pdf Vision Starts with You with%20You.pdf VIDEOS The following videos are located at 4 To 14 Window It’s Time to Wake Up! The Great Omission You Lost Me! A Biblical Testimony The video below is located at Aim Lower NEWSLETTERS Is Your Church Kid Friendly 0Church%20Kid%20Friendly.pdf Raising the Value of Children’s Ministry %20Value%20of%20CM_2.pdf RECOMMENDATION 5: A SAFE ENVIRONMENT NEWSLETTERS Is Your Church a Safe Place for Kids h%20a%20Safe%20Place%20for%20Kids_.pdf FILES Child, Youth, and Worker Protection Policy EN.pdf RECOMMENDATION 6: PROVISION OF ADEQUATE RESOURCES ARTICLES Tried and True Recruiting Ideas Recruiting that Adds Up 20 Ideas for Recruiting and Keeping Children’s Ministry Volunteers RECRUITING VIDEO How Important Is Children’s Ministry?, Trademark films Children’s Ministry Recruitment Video 2012, Rolling Hills Covenant Church I am the Future, Northland Church Children’s Ministry Volunteer Promo PORTION OF A BOOK “Children’s Ministry Facility Evaluation,” taken from pp. 42-42 of Growing A Healthy Children’s Ministry by Steve Alley. 2002. Standard Publishing. ISBN 0-7847- 1390-1 RECOMMENDATION 7: CHILDREN'S MINISTRY TRAINING AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT ARTICLES Developing Leaders, What’s Our Strategy rs-Whats%20Our%20Strategy.pdf Nurturing Your Children’s Ministry Leadership Team 0Childrens%20Ministry%20Leadership%20Team.pdf FILES Children’s Ministry Training Strategies %20Training%20Strategies.pdf RECOMMENDATION 8: EQUIPPING FAMILIES TO DISCIPLE ARTICLES “Making Connection Between Home and Church.” “Partnering With Parents,” Mike Sciarra. “This is Family Ministry” “God Is In the Church Nursery” “7 Reasons to Serve in the Church Nursery” “Nursery Care Vs Nursery Ministry” vs-Nursery-Ministry.htm “Family Ministry Approaches: Three Models Toward a Lifestyle” approaches-three- Family Activities df Engaging Parents in Spiritual Nurture %20in%20Spiritual%20Nurture.pdf Family Ministry Approaches Touch Points that Equip and Engage Families that%20Equip%20and%20Engage%20Families.pdf Parents and Church Partnering Together to Disciple Children Church%20Partnering%20Together%20to%20Disciple%20Children.pdf Blog (Oct. 19,2011) and PDF’s (Cradle Caregiver Information and Cradle Caregiver Expectant Parent Letter) Parent/Child Devotional Parent/Child Dedication Devotional Special Resource Covenant of Dedication Dedication.pdf NEWSLETTERS Partnering With Parents 20Parents.pdf Ministry to Families = Ministry to Kids miliesMinistry%20to%20Kids.pdf BOOKS Flower, Larry. RAISING A MODERN DAY JOSEPH. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, ISBN: 978-1434767314 Haynes, Brian. SHIFT. Group Publishing, 2009. ISBN: 978-0764438981 Holman, Mark. CHURCH + HOME: THE PROVEN FORMULA FOR BUILDING LIFELONG FAITH. Regal Publishers, 2010. ISBN 978-0830755684 Holman, Mark. FAITH BEGINS AT HOME. Regal Publishers, 2007. ISBN 978- 0830738137 Jointer, Reggie. THINK ORANGE: IMAGINE THE IMPACT WHEN CHURCH AND FAMILY COLLIDE… David C. Cook, 2009. ISBN: 978-1434764836 Trent, John. PARENTS’ GUIDE TO THE SPIRITUAL GROWTH OF CHILDREN: HELPING YOUR CHILD DEVELOP A PERSONAL FAITH. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishing. ISBN: 9781561797912 Weddle, Linda Massey. HOW TO RAISE A MODERN-DAY JOESPH: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR GROWING GREAT KIDS. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2010. ISBN: 978-1434765314 Weidmann, Jim. AN INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY NIGHTS: FAMILY NIGHTS TOOL CHEST. Heritage Builders Inc. 1997. ISBN: 978-0781400961. Available at VIDEOS Global Awakening: Rooting faith in the Home, explained by Reverend Jonathan Cronkhite, Child Dedication, RECOMMENDATION 9: MINISTRY TO DIVERSE AND BROKEN FAMILIES ARTICLES “Building Faith at Home”, Children’s Ministry Magazine “Healing for Wounded Children”, Doris Sanford, PhD motionally%20Wounded%20Children_2.pdf “Meeting the Needs of Today’s Families”, Christine Yount Jones “When Families Fall Apart”, Linda Kondracki Sibley “Inside Looking Out”, Larry Shallenberger “Helping Children Deal With Death”, Victor Parachin. “Lost…and Found”, Children’s Ministry Magazine. “Tipping Faith Points”, Stephanie Martin. NEWSLETTERS “Helping Hurting Children”, Children’s Ministry International Office 20Kids.pdf BOOKS Coleman, William. WHAT CHILDREN NEED TO KNOW WHEN PARENTS GET DIVORCED. Ada, MI: Bethany House Publishers, 1998. ISBN 978-0- 7642-2051-7 COMFORTING CHILDREN IN CRISIS. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing. ISBN 978-0- 7644-3829-5 EMERGENCY RESPONSE HANDBOOK FOR PARENTS. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7644-3824-0 Floyd, Scott. CRISIS COUNSELING. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8254-2588-2 Grollman, Earl A. TALKING ABOUT DEATH. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1991. ISBN 978-0-8070-2363-1 Huntley, Theresa M. HELPING CHILDREN GRIEVE: WHEN SOMEONE THEY LOVE DIES. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2002. ISBN 978- 0-8066-4265-9 Miller, Patricia A. and Keith R. QUICK SCRIPTURE REFERENCE FOR COUNSELING YOUTH. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 2006. ISBN # 978-0-8010-6608-5 Parrot , Dr. Les. HELPING THE STRUGGLING ADOLESCENT. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000. ISBN 0-310-23407-7 *This book has rapid assessment tests to use for specific issues Sanford, Doris. HELPING KIDS THROUGH TOUGH TIMES. Cincinnati, OH: Standard Publishing, 1995. ISBN 0-7847-0393-0 For children: Boelts, Maribeth. SARAH’S GRANDMA GOES TO HEAVEN. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004. ISBN 978-0-3107-0656-4 Nordstrom, Carolyn. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DIE? Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2003. ISBN 978-0-8024-6845-1 Tangvald, Christine Harder. SOMEONE I LOVE DIED. Chariot Victor Publishing, 1988. ISBN 978-1-5551-3490-7. Available at WEBSITES Family Life Today at: Focus on the Family at: Thriving Family at: Smart Stepfamilies at: The Family Project at: RECOMMENDATION 10: LEADING CHILDREN TO RECEIVE SALVATION, PURSUE HOLINESS, AND WALK IN THE SPIRIT ARTICLES Salvation “All About the Big Step”, David Staal. tep.html “Lead Your Child to Christ”, Jim and Janet Weidmann with Kurt Bruner. “Leading a Child to Christ” (PDF), Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Children’s Ministry. “Good News For Kids” Santification Helping Kids Live Holy Lives Live%20Holy%20Lives.pdf Holy Spirit Baptism “The Holy Spirit and You” Do Children Need Holy Spirit Baptism? eed%20Holy%20Spirit%20Baptism.pdf Prayer Ministry with Children 20with%20Children.pdf NEWSLETTERS Offering the Greatest Gift reatest%20Gift.pdf Set Apart and Holy %20Holy.pdf Spirit Empowered Kids Empowered%20Kids.pdf BOOKS Pinnock, Charles. FLAME OF LOVE: A THEOLOGY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1996. ISBN: 0-8308-1590-2 Smith, Daniel H. HOW TO LEAD A CHILD TO CHRIST. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 1987. ISBN-13: 978-0-8024-4622-0