Gospel Centered Family

Helping families and churches share Jesus with the next generation.

Resources from Our Team

Books

 

The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible by Jared Kennedy is a gospel-centered, Bible storybook for toddlers and preschoolers with fifty-two Bible stories retold in a simple and compelling way. Each story highlights for young children God’s story of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected ways that God’s grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible.  Trish Mahoney's brightly colored illustrations highlight each story and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep the youngest child’s attention. Releases from New Growth Press on November 13, 2017


Leadership Mosaic: 5 Leadership Principles for Ministry & Everyday Life by Daniel Montgomery with Jared Kennedy won the 2017 ECPA Christian Book Award for Ministry Resources. Every leadership model claims to have all the answers to the challenges of leadership. But there’s no simple leadership formula that meets every need we have in life and ministry. Challenging the conventional wisdom about what makes for a good leader, Leadership Mosaic calls us to a countercultural perspective rooted in our Creator. It helps us see leadership as a mosaic of five characteristics—conviction, creativity, courage, collaboration, and contemplation—reflective of the very image of the triune God. Purchase now from Crossway Books.


Are You Close to God? Exploring God's Plan of Grace by Jared Kennedy will help you Explain the gospel of grace clearly and winsomely to children. Use the illustrations on each page of this gospel booklet to show and tell kids how God has come to us through Jesus, and how we can receive his love by saying yes to and putting all of our trust in him. The gospel booklet is designed specifically Purchase now from New Growth Press.

 

Curriculum

 

PROOF Pirates VBS and Bible Club Curriculum by Jared Kennedy, Fletcher Lang,  Lindsey Blair, Mandy Groce, and Tessa Janes is a five-day, pirate-themed curriculum for use in Bible clubs and VBS. Whether using a treasure map to teach about God’s plan or a skeleton to explain how God makes dead people walk, PROOF Pirates helps kids uncover the treasure of God's amazing grace.  Purchase now from New Growth Press.

 

 

North Star Catechism from Sojourn Kids. Our kids need a faith firmly rooted in doctrine that has weathered the centuries. For thousands of years, the North Star has guided travelers on their journey. While other stars shift with the passing of time, the North Star remains anchored. Like its celestial namesake, our prayer is that the North Star Catechism will like be a faithful guide for the next generation. Purchase flash cards and Scout books from Sojourn Community Church.

 

 

Downloads

 

4 Essentials for Children's Ministry in Your Church Plant by Jared Kennedy. This one-page download walks church planters and their teams through four essentials for launching children's ministry at your local church. These are just the basics for launching a healthy and gospel-centered ministry to children. Download more resources for church planters from Sojourn Network.

 

 

Grace-Based Classroom Management Ministry Guide by Jared Kennedy. This two-page download walks Sunday School teachers and children's ministry leaders through an inventory of their classroom environments, nine key strategies for creating a stable environment, and a process for handling persistently negative behaviors. Check out this blog post at the Sojourn Network website which explains more.

 

 

Child Abuse and Neglect Training Checklist by Jared Kennedy. This two-page training checklist adapted from the book On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church by Deepak Reju (New Growth Press, 2014) will help you to prepare your children's ministry team for their role as mandatory reporters and equip them to both protect children from abuse and themselves from accusation. Check out this blog post that explains more.

 

 

Kids Ministry Policies and Procedures Checklist by Jared Kennedy. This two-page training checklist will help you prepare your children's ministry to keep the little ones in their care safe and secure. The checklist covers seven essential policy areas for children's ministry including check-in, check-out, sanitation, and allergies. Check out this blog post that explains more.