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Children's Ministry Essentials

UncategorizedJared KennedyComment

The only real essential for children's ministry is the gospel, but the gospel has implications.  Because of the gospel, we are on mission in a particular context, we celebrate (which often means that we have fun and attract a crowd), we relate in love, we equip parents to preach the gospel at home, etc.  Here are some great resources on gospel implications for children's ministry that I've been reflecting on lately: On Mission and Contextualization:

Children's Ministry in a Missional Paradigm, part 1 and part 2 by Henry Zonio, Elemental Children's Ministry

Contend and Contextualize, part 1 and part 2 by Hunter Baumont, The Resurgence

Tim Keller's Description of a Missional Church, Children's Ministry and Culture

"That By All Means I Might Win Some": Faithfulness and Flexibility in Gospel Proclamation (MP3) by D. A. Carson, The Gospel Coalition

On Attractional/Relational Discipleship:

"If Jesus Led Children’s Church" by Karl Bastian, the original Kidologist

On Equipping Families

"Family Equipping Ministry- A Growing Movement" by Steve Wright, Lasting Divergence