Value and Spiritual Life of Children

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.

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PRIORIDAD EN LA VISIÓN Y MISIÓN GLOBAL

La Iglesia de Dios de la profecía dar prioridad a esta faceta del ministerio a través de su visión global y las declaraciones de la misión para que cada iglesia local valores niños y alienta a su desarrollo espiritual.

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Each local church assesses its present view of children and ministry to them using this diagnostic tool.

Diagnostic Tool
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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”
“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
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
Ideas that Encourage Children to Grow as Disciples

SURVEY
“Measure Your Ministry”

NEWSLETTERS
Master Planning: The Key to Effective Discipleship

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: 978-143476531

Weidmann, Jim. AN INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY NIGHTS: FAMILY NIGHTS TOOL CHEST. Heritage Builders Inc. 1997. ISBN: 978-0781400961. Available at http://www.amazon.com

WEBSITES
Child Evangelism Fellowship website for kids
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.)
Children’s Ministries Resource List

FILES
Discipleship Needs

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.
20 VBS Evangelism and Discipleship strategies for Children
A Great Door Has Opened 
Evangelism Strategies 
Let the Children Come 

BOOKS
Rohrer, Norman. The Indomitable Mr. O. Child Evangelism Fellowship Inc., 2012. ISBN: 978-1559761598

NEWSLETTERS
Bringing Kids in with a Kids Krusade 
Reaching Unreached Kids 

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 here.

“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 here.

“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 http://cefpress.com

“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 http://www.childrensbibleclub.com/gospelstoryvisaids/gospelstoryvisualaids.htm

“Gospel Turnaround “ Simple tool using the Wordless Book colors and symbols. Kids can share the Gospel with their friends. Available at http://cefpress.com

“Heaven…How To Get There!” This tract presents the Gospel in six steps children can easily follow. Available at http://cefpress.com

“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 http://www.lifeway.com

“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 http://cefpress.com

“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 http://cefpress.com

“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 http://www.lifeway.com

“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 http://cefpress.com

WEBSITES
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Sidewalk Sunday School 
Metro Ministries 

Each local church provides a safe environment using the Church of God of Prophecy Child, Youth and Worker Protection Policy.

Download Policy

NEWSLETTERS
Is Your Church a Safe Place for Kids?

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

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”
“Family Ministry Approaches: Three Models Toward a Lifestyle”
Family Activities
Engaging Parents in Spiritual Nurture
Family Ministry Approaches Touch Points that Equip and Engage Families
Parents and Church Partnering Together to Disciple Children
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

NEWSLETTERS
Partnering With Parents
Ministry to Families = Ministry to Kids

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
Joiner, 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 http://www.amazon.com

VIDEOS
Global Awakening: Rooting faith in the Home, explained by Reverend Jonathan Cronkhite
Child Dedication

ARTICLES
“Building Faith at Home”, Children’s Ministry Magazine
“Healing for Wounded Children”, Doris Sanford, PhD
“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

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 http://www.amazon.com

WEBSITES
Family Life Today
Focus on the Family
Thriving Family
Smart Stepfamilies
The Family Project

ARTICLES
Salvation
“All About the Big Step”, David Staal.
“Lead Your Child to Christ”, Jim and Janet Weidmann with Kurt Bruner.
“Leading a Child to Christ”, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Children’s Ministry.
“Good News For Kids”

Sanctification
Helping Kids Live Holy Lives

Holy Spirit Baptism
“The Holy Spirit and You” 

Do Children Need Holy Spirit Baptism?
Prayer Ministry with Children

NEWSLETTERS
Offering the Greatest Gift
Set Apart and Holy
Spirit Empowered Kids

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
Staal, David. LEADING KIDS TO JESUS. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26382-1
Trent, John. FAITH LAUNCH: A SIMPLE PLAN TO IGNITE YOUR CHILD’S LOVE FOR JESUS. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2008. ISBN: 978158997531. Available at www.christianbook.com.

CURRICULUM
Foursquare.org

WEBSITES
“The Holy Spirit,” multiple articles on the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, and leading children to receive Holy Spirit baptism.

VIDEO
Too Young To Be Saved 

BOOKS
Todd, Richard. Communion: A Bible Study Wordbook for Kids. Wingspread publishers
Todd, Richard E. Baptism: A Bible Study Wordbook for Kids. Wingspread Publishers
Barta, Dennis W. Hungry for More? What Communion is all About for Kids. Disciplezone Resources, 2013
Barta, Dennis W. Want Water? What Baptism is All About for Kids. Disciplezone Resources, 2013.

ARTICLES
Six Reasons Why I Share Communion with Kids
5 Ways You Can Make Every Rite And Sacrament Memorable to Children
The Church Involves Children in Rites and Sacraments

VIDEOS
Communion
Baptism

NEWSLETTERS
Don’t Spill The Grape Juice 
Child Baptism
Baptism Activity Sheet

ARTICLES
What About Children Using Spiritual Gifts

BOOKS
Stadmiller, Adam. Discover Your Kid’s Spiritual Gifts. Ventura, CA. Gospel Light, 2012. ISBN 978-0-8307-5956-9

SPIRITUAL GIFTS INVENTORIES
Early Signs of God’s Design. Waiting for permission from Lutheran Church.

CURRICULUM
So…What Are Your Spiritual Gifts. Andrew Ervin. Nazarene Publishing House.
Uniquely You: Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts. Ginghamsburg Children’s Ministry. Abingdon Press. 2010. DVD

FILES
Children in Ministry?
Let Me! Releasing Kids to Use Their Spiritual Gifts
Moving Kids from Me to Ministry
Overcoming the Barriers

NEWSLETTERS
Helping Kids Discover Their Spiritual Gifts

Cada iglesia local evalúa su opinión actual de los niños y el Ministerio a través de esta herramienta de diagnóstico.

Herramienta de Diagnóstico
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