I spoke at the Children’s Ministry Expo in St. Louis this past week, and I came across a book at the KidzMatter display table that caught my attention. Anytime I see the combination Gospel-Centered and Children’s Ministry in the same sentence, it grabs my attention. There are so few resources for children’s ministry workers that keep the gospel central.
The book is a compilation of chapters by various authors. Ryan Frank, CEO of KidzMatter, served as the general editor for the project and wrote the first chapter. The back cover copy well describes the books objectives:
“Give me Jesus brings together children’s ministry veterans from across the country to share what they’ve learned about gospel-centered ministry to kids, youth and families. You’ll find practical, flexible strategies to make the good news of Christ accessible to children of all ages and abilities, train volunteers to effectively disciple kids as followers of Jesus, and weave the gospel into every lesson and activity.”
If you work with children in ministry, this book is a must read. I particularly enjoyed Ryan Frank’s opening chapter, Pillars of a Gospel-Conscious Ministry and chapter 12, Mom, Dad, and Salvation by Larry Fowler is worth the price of the book all by itself. Too often I toss aside Children’s Ministry books, disappointed that they missed an opportunity to showcase the gospel. Give me Jesus does just the opposite, that is why I’m placing it at the top of the list of “must reads” for anyone who serves in ministry with children, right next to Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower.