Keeping Your Children's Ministry on Mission: Practical Strategies for Discipling the Next Generation

By Jared Kennedy

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Practical Strategies for Gospel-Centered Children’s Ministry

When building a children’s ministry at a church, there is so much to consider: Which curriculum should we use? How many volunteers do we need? How do we keep parents in the loop? And that’s before we run into stalled check-in computers, missing activity sheets, and floors that need to be vacuumed. While all of the tasks of children’s ministry are important, leaders can get easily distracted with the everyday work of doing ministry and lose sight of the main focus—the gospel.

Writing from personal ministry experience, Jared Kennedy shares a four-fold approach for gospel-centered, missional children’s ministry: hospitality, teaching, discipleship, and mission. This practical resource covers a variety of topics ranging from creating child protection policies to putting together lesson plans to catechism, helpful for children’s ministers and volunteers alike as they disciple children with the powerful message of the gospel.

Published in partnership with the Gospel Coalition.


Jared Kennedy

Jared Kennedy (ThM, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as managing editor of Gospel-Centered Family, a ministry that helps parents and church leaders share Jesus with the next generation. He is the author of God Made Me for Worship and The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible. Jared lives with his wife, Megan, and three daughters in Louisville, Kentucky, where they attend Sojourn Church Midtown.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 240
Size: 5.25 in x 8.0 in
Weight: 7.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7687-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7687-4
ISBN-UPC: 9781433576874
Case Quantity: 10
Published: March 08, 2022

Table of Contents


Part 1: A Gospel-Centered Vision for Children’s Ministry
Chapter 1: “Stop! Believe! Christ Sent Me.”
Our Both-And Mission to the Next Generation
Chapter 2: Knowing What We Shouldn’t Do
Warnings from the History of Family Ministry
Reflection on Part 1

Part 2: Create Welcoming Environments
Chapter 3: Meeting Jesus at the Front Door
Welcoming and Including Kids and Families
Chapter 4: Safety and Security in a Corrupted World
Our Responsibility to Protect Kids from Abuse
Reflection on Part 2

Part 3: Connect Kids to Christ
Chapter 5: Three Ways to Tell a Bible Story
The Priority of Gospel-Centered Teaching
Chapter 6: The Proud King’s Nightmare
Putting Gospel-Centered Interpretation into Practice
Chapter 7: Hands-on, Real-life, Engaging Discovery
Teaching with Excellence
Reflection on Part 3

Part 4: Grow with Kids and Families
Chapter 8: Step by Step, Stage by Stage
Helping Kids Embrace the Gospel as They Grow
Chapter 9: Catechizing the YouTube Generation
An Ancient Path toward a Gospel-Formed Life
Reflection on Part 4

Part 5: Go! Send Kids and Families on Mission
Chapter 10: Graceless Parents, Overly Spiritual Ministry, and Sticky Notes
Empowering Families with a Gospel-Fueled Witness
Reflection on Part 5

Conclusion: Courage for the Harvest