KidZ at Heart is a global Christian community that trains, partners with, and mobilizes networks of leaders to help children fall deeply in love with Jesus.

The KidZ Cause

We seek to evangelize the 2.3 billion children in our world who need to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. The cause continues as we seek to disciple these young believers into lifestyles committed to Christ as Lord resulting in their ongoing personal faith development and becoming harvesters in the fields themselves.
Jesus himself commanded the adults around him to allow the children to come to him, therefore we advocate for the children of the world, acknowledging their value and significance.

"Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them..." Matthew 19:14-15 (NLT)

God’s message is to pass from one generation to the next through faith communities, therefore we equip churches and families to share the gospel with their own children.

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV)

Since the vast majority (60-80%) of Christians come to Christ between the ages of 4 and 14, evangelizing children is simply the most impactful means of fulfilling the Great Commission. Church researcher, George Barna, in his book, Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions, tells us that not only are children the ones most likely to come to the Lord, thus making the evangelism of children incredibly important, but they are also the ones most likely to absorb spiritual instruction, making the discipleship of children essential.

"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'" Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

The eternal battle for 2.3 billion children, their families, and God’s church is a spiritual one to be conducted locally and globally in the power of the Holy Spirit.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 (NIV)

KidZ Cross-Cultural Children's Ministry Training Materials

As part of the Transforming KidZ Ministry Training program, each module provides practical and culturally-relevant training for all those serving with children and allows each attendee to get closer to earning a formal certificate (Teachers, Advanced Teachers, and Children’s Ministry Leader).

Whether considering our equipping conferences overseas or training events in North America, equipping adults or shepherding children, KidZ at Heart is all about helping you help others to reach and teach kids for Christ. Our ministry is based on 2 Timothy 2:2, "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others" (NIV).

We believe that well-equipped local leaders and families are the best candidates for reaching and teaching their own children and the children of their church and communities for Christ. KidZ at Heart's materials are designed to equip local leaders, whether in a North American megachurch in a major urban center or a brand new church plant in a village halfway around the world.

North American children's leaders who want to maximize their impact should consider sharing their skills and experience with church leaders in other cultures, whether across town or across the ocean. Cross-cultural ministries are both our responsibility and our privilege.

KidZ at Heart equips North American leaders with cutting-edge, cross-cultural children's ministry training materials that may be used to prepare their own volunteers or to equip churches and families in another culture. Instead of conducting VBS, rally, and crusade events, KidZ team members make annual short-term trips to equip local and regional ministry leaders, helping them learn to create and facilitate their own children's ministries. Workers are given practical skills and challenged to share the training with at least five others from their churches and outlying communities.

KidZ at Heart Team Leaders from North America are able to continue growing in their current ministries while also impacting churches, families, and children overseas. American children gain a heart for missions and for reaching the world's lost by watching their leaders get personally involved in cross-cultural ministry.

While creating, editing, and testing materials, KidZ at Heart's founders relied upon their more than 70 years of combined experience in children's ministry leadership and cross-cultural training, advanced degrees in theology, Christian and secular education, and certificates in Christian formation. Added to this, an international team of experts who work in the trenches of children's ministry regularly evaluate, review, and update each workshop, always refining these pieces to guarantee success for both the trainer and his or her cross-cultural leaner. This experience shapes KidZ at Heart's many workshops and cover the specific needs of children and parents, teachers, and church leaders who love them.

To save you hundreds of hours of research, development, and testing, KidZ at Heart training materials are designed with you in mind. These materials:

  • Include scripted presenter's guides and handouts designed for cross-cultural use.
  • Are available in several languages.
  • Are field tested internationally in more than 40 countries and are regularly updated for cultural clarity and successful use.
  • Help you succeed and avoid cultural pitfalls.

Philosophy of Education

KidZ at Heart leaders are committed to equipping people to reach and teach kids for Christ in ways that cause life transformation for the child. We want kids to know, love, and follow Jesus personally. We believe that this is done best when lessons are culturally relevant and are designed with the following five principles in mind:

Effective Christian education is “learner-centered.” Kids L.E.A.R.N. best when the lesson being taught is age-appropriate both in content and teaching style. Teachers must understand and incorporate the developmental stages, learning styles, and unique personalities of the learners in preparing each lesson. Kids L.E.A.R.N. best when they are involved in “doing” the lesson (active education) and "discussing” it (interactive education).

Christian education is most effective when it guides children to experience the lesson being taught for themselves in the first-hand exploration of Bible truths and/or application. For example, instead of lecturing children on the importance of “sharing,” give five children three crayons and ask them to draw a picture. This experience of self-discovery, guided by an adult, helps children comprehend, own, and apply the lesson.

Kids L.E.A.R.N. best when the Biblical content is age-appropriate and the kids discover how the lesson is applied to their own lives. Connecting God’s Word to the learner’s real world moves learning beyond information to a growing relationship with Jesus that transforms lives. Helping kids understand and apply the lesson brings the Bible to life.

Effective Christian education involves much more than communicating facts. Kids L.E.A.R.N. best when they are allowed to develop relationships with other students and with the teacher. When kids feel loved by a significant adult, they readily adopt that adult’s values. When children experience loving relationships with key adults in their lives, they learn to have a loving relationship with God.

Kids L.E.A.R.N. best when lessons focus on one main point. This “point” should be repeated frequently during a lesson. Both the repetition and the simplicity enhance a child’s retention of the lesson. Individual lessons should build upon previous lessons forming units of thought and should review previous points linking the lessons together and reinforcing the learning process.

For More Information

Contact KidZ at Heart President Gordon West at (877) 778-KidZ (5439), ext. 509.

“Empowering and equipping family members and church leaders to provide the environments for children to encounter God, the nurture and teaching of our Lord in every day life, will further God’s Kingdom now and for generations. What greater impact or joy is there than to have children of all ages walk with the Lord?”

Debby DeBernardi
KidZ at Heart Spiritual Formation Director