Are you eager to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with boys and girls? This book provides unique ideas, sound biblical theology, and resources for anyone who wants to reach children for Jesus. Based on hundreds of hours of research and many years of personal experience, Dick Gruber shares from his vast reservoir of knowledge and expertise to enable kids ministry leaders to reach children today.
Dr. Gruber shares practical ideas, programs, and ways to promote kids ministry, develop outreach events, and lead a child to Christ. While the material is not all inclusive, it is Bible-based and practical. As anyone who is involved in ministering to children knows, methods constantly evolve to meet the current cultural needs, yet the commission to reach boys and girls remains constant because God loves children.
Children still make up the largest, most reachable people group on planet earth. They need a lifelong relationship with loving adults who will continuously model Christian living for them. Let the practical yet deeply spiritual tools in this book motivate you to learn from children, who approach God with simple, genuine faith. Let these resources motivate you to teach and disciple boys and girls to become full-fledged members of the faith community.
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About the Author
Dick Gruber has been reaching and teaching children and their leaders since the spring of 1975. He has spent the past fifteen years serving as the professor of Children and Family Studies at the University of Valley Forge. Group Publishing named Dr. Gruber as one of the Top 20 Influencers in children's ministry in 2010. Gruber completed his Doctor of Ministry. with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 2015.
Table of Contents
Section 1 Research and Writings
1 Introduction 1
2 A Biblical Mandate 11
3 Perspectives on Evangelism of Children 35
4 A Practical Response 61
5 Ethical Considerations When Giving Altar Calls to Children 75
Section 2 Practical Ideas, Programs, and Applications
6 The Importance of Prayer in Evangelism 95
7 The Importance of Prayer When Evangelizing Children 115
8 Promoting Your Ministry 129
9 Developing Evangelistic Events 135
10 Leading a Child to Christ 141
11 Leading Children into the Baptism in the Holy Spirit 149
Appendix A Why Bring the Gospel to Children 163
Appendix B Hallo-What? 165
Appendix C Jesus Blesses the Children 173
Appendix D Five Things Jesus Wants You to See in Children's Ministry 175
Appendix E Leading a Child to Christ 187
Appendix F Praying With Children to Receive the Holy Spirit 189
Sources Consulted 197
About the Author 209