Tools to Lead a Child to Christ
Those of us in kids’ ministry are likely familiar with the several tools for communicating the gospel to children. Chances are you’ve shared the good news with children many times and led them to a faith decision. You’re likely comfortable with teaching youngsters what it means to believe in Jesus.
However, lately I’ve been asking myself: Do our volunteer teams have the same experience? When the opportunity arises to share the gospel with a group of children or an individual child, can they comfortably explain it in words that a child can understand?
Here are four tools I recommend to better equip our volunteer teams to effectively share the gospel message with kids—in the classroom or in small groups.
Gospel Flipper Flapper™
This is a primary tool Child Evangelism Fellowship uses to explain the gospel to children. It is similar to The Wordless Book but uses colored symbols. The way it “flip flaps” from one image to the next is mesmerizing to kids. Providing a Gospel Flipper Flapper™ with a “How to Have a Special Friend” tract to the children in your ministry equips them to practice telling the gospel story to their peers. Find ideas list this on Pinterest.
At first glance, the EvangeCube looks like a Rubik’s Cube. It contains seven images that open to reveal the gospel story. Because of its design, it won’t get lost in a classroom drawer; the visuals help to explain Jesus’ death on the cross to preschoolers.
The Wordless Book
This is one of the most well-known tools for sharing the good news with kids. It was first designed with three pages—black, red, and white—and introduced by evangelist Charles Spurgeon in 1866. More colors have since been added; each page’s color represents an aspect of the gospel story.
The ABCs of Salvation
What does it mean to become a Christian? To believe in Jesus? It’s as simple as sharing “The ABC’s of Salvation.” Admit that you have sinned; Believe that Jesus died and rose again to pay for your sins; and Confess that you want Him to be your Savior.
I’d love to hear from you:
- What are the best ways you’ve found to communicate the gospel with children? Are their certain phrases you use or avoid?
- What are your favorite tools for sharing the good news with kids?
- Do you receommend any materials in particular for parents or volunteers on your team?
Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the “comments” section below!