In this episode, I talk with Jeff Reed of Lifeway Kids. We talk about the changing emphasis in children's ministry over the last couple decades and the growing interest in gospel-centered approaches. We also talk about Lifeway's most popular children's curriculum, The Gospel Project.

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Links Mentioned in This Episode

LifeWay Kids – Great #kidmin resources, supplies, music, and more from the LifeWay store

The Gospel Project – Small group and large group curriculum that walks through Scripture chronologically, telling every story in the context of the Good News about Jesus

Included in the Gospel Project:

  • 3-year teaching plan
  • Preschool and elementary curriculum small group and large group curriculum
  • Large group curriculum includes Bible story videos, scripts for live storytelling, worship songs with videos, and graphics
  • Gospel Project for Kids Family App
  • Parent handouts with activities and questions
  • Social media plan
  • Free weekly online training for upcoming lesson

Etch Conference – A new conference designed to excite, engage, and inspire Kids, Student, NextGen, and Family Ministry teams. Click here to register for the 2017 conference.

Action Items

  1. Spend time evaluating your current curriculum and exploring other options. Look for curriculum that unpacks the Bible in a practical way that kids can understand.
  2. Consider structuring your children's environment around small groups where leaders sit in circles with kids.
  3. Recruit leaders and ask them to be that second voice in a kid's life while partnering with parents.
  4. Develop a training process where you teach your leaders how to practically lead kids in conversation from week to week.
  5. Check out the Gospel Project and invest in the different resources it has to offer (curriculum, worship, training videos).

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Next Episode: Dale Hudson

In the next episode, I talk with Dale Hudson. Dale is a well-known children's ministry leader, author, and pioneer. We talk about Dale's latest book that he co-authored with Bruce Barry & Justyn Smith entitled If Disney Ran Your Children's Ministry. Whether you lead children's ministry, youth ministry, or both, the principles apply across the board.