Bibleman DVD Series. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson,. This is an excellent series to teach basic concepts to children (especially boys) from three to ten years old, depending on the DVD.
Big Truths for Young Hearts, by Bruce A. Ware, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL. The author serves as Professor of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He wrote this book to teach theology to children. Each two to three page chapter is written in simple language for children’s understanding. I would recommend it for children in about 4th grade and above. It is great for the parent to read to the children followed by discussion. Older kids in Junior High or even High School can read it for themselves. It is very practical and covers each of the major Bible doctrines. Each chapter has several discussion questions and a verse recommend for memorization.
Character Sketches. Oak Brook, IL: Institute of Basic Life Principles. This is a full-color, three-book series with each book available individually. Each section begins with a captivating nature story that introduces the character quality being taught, and continues with interesting facts on the selected animal’s qualities and physical features. This is followed by a story from Scripture that illustrates the character quality. Generously illustrated with stunning lifelike watercolor and pencil drawings, this oversized book (9 1/4″ by 12 1/4″) will be treasured and enjoyed for generations. Call toll free at 800-398-1290 or online at: http://store.iblp.org.
Children’s Discipleship Series, by Bill Bright, Joette Whims, and Melody Hunskor. Orlando, FL: New Life Publications (a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ), 2002. This four-book series is designed for children nine to twelve years old. Each book has thirteen lessons and are recommended for one-on-one, small group, or classroom study. Among its strengths are the many activities designed to help the child understand and apply the truths personally. There are no student workbooks necessary, and each book has handouts designed for the leader to photocopy for the students.
Book 1, Beginning the Christian Adventure. Designed to introduce children to the thrill of walking with Jesus day by day.
Book 2, Discovering Our Awesome God. Introduces students to the wonders and awesome nature of God―the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit―and how to talk to our loving God.
Book 3, Growing in God’s Word. Gives student a foundation in how the Bible is arranged and how the Old Testament is God’s plan for humanity. This book also uses practical applications for using God’s Word daily.
Book 4, Building an Active Faith. Shows students how to build their faith through obeying God, giving back part of what they have to him, and sharing their faith with others.
DiscipleLand, Fort Collins, CO. An excellent series that can be used one-on-one or in a classroom setting. DiscipleLand has a pre-school program for ages three through five; a kindergarten program for ages five and six; and a core topical Bible program for children in grades one through six, recommended for Sunday school. Also available for grades one through six is The Adventure curriculum, ideal for midweek programs, and DiscipleTown curriculum, ideal for kids’ church. Leaders and parents would benefit by reading material in the blog at www.discipleblog.com and children and parents would benefit from the home resources support site at www.disciplezone.com. Order toll-free from 1-800-284-0158 or online at: http://www.discipleland.com
Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side, 40 Conversations to Help Them Build a Lasting Faith, by Natasha Crain, Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers. An Apologetics guide for discussion with kids, especially in Junior High and High School, helping them effectively answer the tough questions that will likely come their way. It would be very helpful for parents to lead their child in discussion on numerous topics before their child goes to college. The discussion will deepen their faith and understanding and may very well help to prevent the child from experiencing the spiritual confusion many face after being challenged by liberal professors.
Partners in Discipleship, by Jan VanDyke, published by Camp Beechpoint, Allegan, MI. This is a unique program in which its impact is attributed to its foundational emphasis on one-on-one discipleship. Even when used in the church setting the program, requires a period of time given over to the leader spending quality one-on-one time with the child, helping him grow spiritually. The one-on-one time is not only for instruction and encouragement but also emphasizes accountability. The child is held accountable for Scripture memory, lesson retention, church attendance, personal church offering, Christian service, prayer, and personal Bible study. The material includes five series that are progressive:
Series Number 1—Who God Is, for ages 8 and 9.
Series Number 2—Our Relationship with God and Others, for ages 10 and 11
Series Number 3—Living Out Our Faith, for ages 12 and 13
Series Number 4—The Book of Proverbs, for ages 14 and 15
Series Number 5—Promise Keepers, for ages 16 and 17. This is an overview of the Bible, tying Old Testament and the New Testament truths together.
This series can be purchased in workbook form from the author. Churches can also save money by purchasing the rights to duplicate their own copies from PDF files that the author can email the church. Contact Jan VanDyke at Camp Beechpoint, 1-800-991-2267, or contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Passing the Baton, 100 Life Principles and Skills Every Father Needs to Teach His Children, by Grady Hauser, Trafford Publishing. This book outlines many projects Dad can do with his child all the way through High school. The projects build relationships and provide many teachable moments. Purchase the book from major distributors or go to www.trafford.com
Passing the Baton: Guide Your Child to Follow Jesus, by Grant Edwards. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing. This is a ten-week, forty-five-minute, elementary discipleship series for parents as they help their children to grow spiritually. This material is not comprehensive but provides good material with hands-on lessons and many extras that can provide ideas for parents as they make disciples at home. This material can be purchased from Group Publishing online at http://search.group.com/search?p=Q&w=passing+the+baton, or call 1-800-447-1070
The Story of Jesus for Children DVD, published by the Jesus Film Project, Inspirational Films 2005. This sixty-seven-minute video teaches the life of Christ through the eyes of children and is available in many foreign languages. Book 1, Beginning the Christian Adventure from the Children’s Discipleship Series above recommends you use the video as part of the first lesson.
VeggieTales DVD Series, Franklin, TN: Big Idea Entertainment. This is an excellent series to teach basic concepts to children from four to fourteen years old.
Wonder Devotional Books, published by Child Evangelism Fellowship. The series includes numerous books designed to help the child grow spiritually. Call toll free at 1-800-748-7710, or order online at http://cefpress.com