The LifeWay Kids team just released a newly revised edition of I’m a Christian Now! for use in kids ministries or in the home to help kids who have trusted in Christ begin to grow in their faith. You might notice that we have begun referencing this in the margin of the Younger Kids and Older Kids leader guides.
Sometimes, we spend so much time and effort sharing the gospel with kids and leading them to follow the Spirit and trust in Jesus that we forget to equip them to be a long-term, healthy, follower of Jesus. This is one resource that we hope can help you come alongside your kid or kids and intentionally build into them to “start well.”
While the material was designed primarily for use in a group setting, it can certainly be adapted for use in the home as parents and families disciple their own kids. The material consists of eight sessions:
- Becoming a Christian: Explains the basics of what it means to trust Christ.
- Knowing That I’m A Christian: Dives deeper into what it means to trust Christ.
- Following Jesus’ Example: Emphasizes baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
- I’m Part of a Church!: Communicates who and what the church is.
- Living as a Christian: Shares the importance of Bible study, prayer, giving, and worship.
- Sharing Your Testimony: Helps kids learn to share their story.
- Going on Mission: Explains how Christians are called to take the gospel around the world.
- Traveling on: Talks about growing even in the midst of difficult situations.
Activity books are available for Younger Kids and Older Kids. Each 48-page book includes Bible learning games, activities, and puzzles. A leader kit is also available. The kit includes a leader guide, CD-ROM with teaching supplements, and an Younger Kids and Older Kids activity book.
Brian Dembowczyk is the team leader for The Gospel Project for Kids. He served in local church ministry for over 16 years before coming to LifeWay in 2014. Brian earned an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian, his wife, Tara, and their three children—Joshua, Hannah, and Caleb—live in Murfreesboro, TN, where Brian enjoys drinking coffee and teaching 1-3 graders at City Church.