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A Plan for the Gospel

Or actually, let’s call this A Plan to Share the Gospel.

Because the truth is we can’t plan for someone to respond to the gospel. Children (and adults) react differently. We cannot predict what child will trust Christ when.

But we can plan opportunities to share the gospel with the kids in our clubs.

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*Do your leaders know how to share Christ? The gospel wheel is a great tool and many churches encourage their leaders to memorize the verses that are part of the wheel.

 *Do your leaders use similar terminology? Everyone explains the gospel a little differently, using a variety of words. (For instance: trust Christ, believe in Christ, tell Jesus you want His forgiveness, become a member of God’s family, etc.). Kids don’t always understand you’re talking about the same thing. To keep kids from getting confused, work together to come up with similar wording so they’re hearing the same message from all the leaders.

 *Do you have a safe place for the kids to ask questions? Could a leader sit in a quiet corner before and after club, ready to talk to any child who has questions? Do you continually remind the kids that leaders are willing to talk with them at any time?

*Do your leaders passionately talk about their own relationships with Christ? Kids are always watching and seeing more than we know.

*Do the leaders have an opportunity to share their own faith story? Kids often resonate with such stories, especially if the leader trusted Christ when he was the age of the kids in your group.

 *Do you explain salvation over and over? Never grow tired of doing so. We don’t know what moment one of the kids will respond (or what new kid will show up who has never before heard the gospel).

Think about your club schedule. What can you do to plan for opportunities to share the gospel?

Linda Weddle

Linda serves as part of the writing team for Awana. A 30-year KidMin veteran, her insight and influence have shaped the Awana curriculum at all levels. Linda is also a frequent speaker, writer, and workshop leader on issues relating to all aspects of children’s ministry.

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