This story is from Aaron Summers (Pastor, FBC Perry OK).
I first learned about the The Gospel Project last Summer. While I am pastor at First Baptist Church in Perry, OK., I have chosen to work with children while other adults lead small groups. Our teachers were struggling with the material we had and were looking for a change. I began reviewing a large number of options when I ran across The Gospel Project. I was arrested by its simplicity. Moving from a principle/topic-based system to an actual through-the-Bible system had my attention, and I signed up for the pilot month. It took no time at all for me to get the other leadership on board, and we pulled the trigger to start in September.
Our process of using The Gospel Project is a little different. We use the Bible Study Guides for Sunday School and use the Worship Guides for our Wednesday night ministry with preschool and children. We felt that by splitting up the story like that would make a greater impact. The children see the story twice in the week with different activities to support the Biblical passage. As our culture is becoming more mobile on the weekends, our choice of scheduling helps kids stay up on the stories better than if we only had it on Sundays.
One night in January we were going over the story of Passover. It was such a natural transition to a gospel presentation that I was vibrating with excitement—they were going to hear a clear presentation of the grace of God in Jesus Christ! That night three kids gave their life to Jesus. The next week two more gave their lives to Jesus. The week after, those kids were bringing others to hear the gospel, and those kids were turning over their lives too.
The consistency of The Gospel Project in bringing Jesus into the lessons makes the difference, and the children are hearing and responding. Just the other day I had an elementary teacher stop me with encouraging news. I was told that whatever we were doing up at the church is making a difference in the classroom. I was highly encouraged to keep up whatever we are doing!
We love to hear stories of how God is using The Gospel Project. If you have a story to share, contact us at TheGospelProject(at)lifeway(dot)com