Show Them Jesus
Teaching the Gospel to Kids
Millions of church kids are growing up and deciding to leave the church. They listened attentively in Sunday school, made friends, and seemed committed. But one day, they quit. What happened? The Bible says we love God because he first loved us.
So if we are not primarily teaching our kids about God’s love for us in Christ, we may miss our opportunity to capture their hearts. But what does it look like to teach a gospel-centered lesson? Show Them Jesus is an instruction manual for teachers of kids and teens written by a lay Bible teacher with 30 years’ experience.
With a simple framework and lots of real-life examples, Klumpenhower’s book helps teachers to identify and communicate the heart of the gospel to each child in each lesson.
Conventional wisdom says, “Make class more fun!” Or just, “Make it easier!” But Show Them Jesus challenges the culture of low-stakes, low-expectations teaching and invites teachers to do nothing less than teach and treasure the good news of Jesus in every lesson. Show Them Jesus is a book with how-to approach that complements and enriches existing lessons or teaching materials and is appropriate for teachers of children and teens in any setting.
• How-to-guide for teachers: Presents a simple framework and practical examples from 30 years in the classroom
• Written for ordinary people: Introduces a philosophy of Christ-centered teaching through real-life stories and example
• Written by an ordinary guy: As a vocational news reporter with 30 years of experience in teaching, Jack helps teachers identify and communicate the heart of the gospel
• Complements existing materials: Helps teachers build a gospel focus into any existing materials—even those that may be moralistic or entertainment-focused
• Captures young hearts: Gives teachers and even parents real tools to guide kids and teens into deep spiritual growth
About the Author
Jack Klumpenhower is a Bible teacher and a children’s ministry curriculum writer with more than thirty years of experience. He has created Bible lessons and taught children about Jesus at churches, camps, clubs, conferences, and Christian schools all over the world, including Serge conferences. Currently he is working on a middle-school gospel curriculum in conjunction with Serge staff. He lives with his wife and two children in Durango, Colorado.
“Sunday school curriculum is relentlessly moralistic. That is, it tells you what to do, but not how to do it. Jack Klumpenhower shows us how by taking us back to the person and work of Christ. Every Sunday school teacher should read this book.”
— Paul Miller, Director of seeJesus and author of A Praying Life
“Show Them Jesus is a must read for every youth worker, children s ministry teacher, parent, and VBS volunteer. Jack Klumpenhower does a masterful job helping us learn how to discover the gospel connections in every Bible story. In sharing example after example from his years of experience, Jack gives the reader a front-row seat in his classroom to learn how to give children a rock-their-world vision of Jesus. This is the perfect training tool for pastors and children s ministry leaders to use to train their teachers. I’ll be buying a copy for all my children’s ministry leaders.”
— Marty Machowski, Family Life Pastor, Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA; author of the Gospel Story for Kids curriculum
“Show Them Jesus deals with the tough questions that keep children’s ministry leaders up at night. But he doesn’t just speak to the head. He engages heart and hands as well, giving teachers an inspiring and practical framework for preparing Bible lessons, classroom environments, and family ministry where Jesus is the focus. I plan to purchase a copy for every volunteer in our children’s ministry.”
— Jared Kennedy, Family Pastor, Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY