I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is I’m a Christian Now Leader Kit. Our LifeWay Kids team helped write this post.
Even though it’s cold outside as I write this, kids ministry leaders in churches across the country are busy right now planning and preparing for their summer Vacation Bible School programs. There’s a lot of enthusiasm around VBS as many churches consider the week one of their most effective outreach opportunities to families in the community. Each year tens of thousands of children meet Christ through Vacation Bible School. We rejoice along with the angels in heaven as we celebrate each one of these young ones who come to trust in Jesus.
As we celebrate, we need to be mindful that responding to the gospel is the beginning of a faith journey and not the end. We need to connect kids to the Lord in ways that lead them toward lifelong discipleship. As such, church leaders must make sure they are well-prepared not just in presenting the gospel but also in intentional follow-up with kids who come to Christ at VBS. Here are three ways you can prepare well for discipleship at church and in the home after VBS.
1. Prepare adult leaders
Prepare your leaders to come alongside kids who make faith decisions at VBS. Have immediate conversations with those who respond to the gospel to make sure they truly understand what it means to admit their sin, believe that Jesus is God’s Son and provision for their sin, and confess that He alone is Savior and Lord. The LifeWay Kids team offers free videos and downloadable copies of The Gospel: God’s Plan for Me to prep adults to share the gospel with children. You can find these resources at lifeway.com/kidsgospelpresentation.
2. Prepare families
Prepare families for discipleship at home by commemorating decisions with gifts that help the child start his/her walk of discipleship on the right foot. This might be a kid-friendly Bible and/or a kids Bible reading plan like Robby Gallaty’s Foundations for Kids, which helps kids learn to spend time daily in God’s Word with readings and practical age-appropriate application.
3. Prepare a class
Prepare a new-believer discipleship class at church. Put this class on your calendar before VBS begins in anticipation of engaging with the new believers who will come out of your VBS. Reserve a room, identify a leader, and pray for the children who will occupy the seats. A class like this allows your leaders to engage personally and intentionally with kids.
I’m a Christian Now is an excellent and comprehensive four-week study for helping children understand the decision they have made and what it means to live a Christian life. Each week focuses on a new topic that includes daily information and application activities facilitated through a leader kit and workbooks for kids.