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E-LIFE Witnessing Tool

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Encourage kids to share their faith with others anytime and anywhere with the fun-to-fold E-LIFE witnessing tool. A child flips through the continuously folding card to read and share the steps of salvation. The steps spell the acrostic “E-LIFE” which stands for:

Eternal life given through Jesus;
Life eternal is a gift from God;
If we confess, He will forgive;
Forgiveness is free; and
Everyone can join God’s family.

A Scripture verse is included with each step. This tool can also be used as part of the E-LIFE program. For more information, visit www.elife.ag.org.

Also used in HighPoint Ministry Now Kit.

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Reach Your World; Reach The World

Marshall Bruner, E-LIFE Coordinator, national Children’s Ministries Agency

Use the beginning school year to prepare your students to be E-LIFE Kids. Begin now to teach them how to be the new generation of missionaries to their schools, to their world, to the world!

The launching of our new E-LIFE ministry for children has generated some exciting reports from children’s pastors and leaders as to how they are implementing E-LIFE. Leaders across the nation—children’s pastors and children’s leaders alike—have begun to teach their students how to reach their world for Christ Jesus.

If you’re still learning about E-LIFE: It’s an opportunity for children to learn how to show kindness and friendship, and through their actions how to share their faith with other students at school and in their communities. Children are learning how to share their faith and to live out five basic commitments to be E-LIFE Kids. The lessons being taught are offered free at www.elife.ag.org. The activities and supporting video resources are a gift to our churches so they can prepare their children to rock their world for Jesus.

One of my longtime friends, Jim Gerhold—the children’s pastor at Park Crest Assembly here in Springfield, Missouri—was instrumental in training up the first-ever E-LIFE Kid who took the next step of faith: to be an E-LIFE Kid Missionary (visit the “You Can Be a Missionary” section at www.elife.ag.org). Jim’s ambition is to couple E-LIFE lesson activities with BGMC lessons to train his students to (1) reach their world through E-LIFE, and (2) reach the world through BGMC. There’s only one thing wrong with that idea: I didn’t think of it first!

It’s a holistic approach: Children need to learn about BGMC and how to give to missions and how to pray for our missionaries. Children need to become missions-minded and become involved in the Great Commission. Children must be taught to be missionaries to their schools and communities—right where they live—so they can reach their friends and schoolmates for Jesus Christ.

If we’re serious about reaching children for Christ Jesus, then we cannot overlook our greatest evangelism and discipleship resource: our church kids! So train your students, allow them to test their wings at church, and then release them to fly as eagles and to become the great new generation of missionaries to their world and to the world.

Targeting Public Schools Prepare your E-LIFE Kids to be the new generation of missionaries to their schools. The students can be involved in school evangelism in several ways:

  • Before or after group huddles just outside the school for prayer
  • Teachers’ Day—E-LIFE Kids showing acts of kindness to the teachers
  • Work days at the school
  • After-school clubs
  • School assemblies

Justin Koch, children’s pastor at Central Assembly here in Springfield, Mo., is reaching children in a nearby Title 1 school by conducting an after-school program at the school every Monday afternoon. He and his crew of about seven leaders are reaching an average of 30 kids every Monday.

Matt Payne, children’s pastor at Family Worship Center in McKinney, Tex., recently commented: “I have found that the two best things that have connected our church to the community have been Bible clubs in the public school and Character Connex assemblies. Through these two tools, I have been able to foster beneficial relationships with teachers, staff, and students that are within a target area around our church.”

Other denominations and fellowships have long been conducting after-school clubs either at the public schools or nearby facilities. Why not help the fourth and fifth graders in your church begin E-LIFE after-school clubs at their schools? Some elementary students, due to local school restrictions, have even begun student-led after-school clubs on their school campuses. Why not challenge your students to be the new generation of E-LIFE missionaries to their schools?

Targeting Cities and Countries

You can challenge children to reach their world through E-LIFE projects noted above. But don’t stop there: Challenge the same students to claim other cities and nations for God’s kingdom. When children learn firsthand of how to reach their world for Christ, they will naturally want to continue the Great Commission by targeting stateside cities and other countries through special projects, giving, and praying. Contact your church-sponsored home missionaries who are ministering to needy communities and learn how your students can support their ministries—such as praying for special needs, being pen pals to the children in their community, or even organizing a missions trip for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders. Get the students actively involved in reaching the world through BGMC by doing unique and fun fund-raising projects. Help the students learn how to target entire nations by learning about overseas missionary efforts, by aggressively praying for our foreign missionaries and their ministries, and by raising BGMC funds for world missions efforts. When a child learns how to become involved in missions, they will gravitate to your leading.

Train Them Up

Whether you’re a children’s pastor or leader in a large, medium, or small church, you can and should prepare your students to reach their world and to reach the world for Jesus. If you’re a children’s pastor or a lay leader who conducts children’s church, set aside time each month to teach children how to reach their world (using the many free E-LIFE resources) and to reach the world (through the wide array of free BGMC resources) for Jesus. If you’re a leader of the mid-week program or a Sunday school or small group leader, you can spend five to 10 minutes in a given setting, teaching boys and girls about evangelism (E-LIFE) and missions (BGMC).

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6, NIV).

Several seasoned children’s pastors have told me what they would do differently in their ministry if they were given a second chance. The common statements: They would not have tried to do it all by themselves, they would have begun sooner to train leaders to do team ministry, and they would have taught the older children how to be involved in ministry. So if you’re a veteran children’s leader or one just beginning, remember this valuable lesson: If you want to grow your children’s ministry and if you want to reach the world for Christ, then prepare your students to be part of the team!


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