Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters

From the Heart of KidZ at Heart (June 2020)

By |2020-06-02T18:15:53-04:00June 2, 2020|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Recently, I heard the definition of “legacy” as giving to others what God has entrusted us to share … and to do so with his authority. I love that concept! And this month, between our American holidays to honor mothers and fathers, I want to speak to you about helping leaders at church and at home advance their legacies to the next generation.

KidZ at Home is our newest initiative at KidZ at Heart. Currently, we are publishing a 30-minute video [...]

From the Heart of KidZ at Heart (May 2020)

By |2020-05-07T20:33:30-04:00May 7, 2020|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Gordon D. West: Newsletters, Uncategorized|

I’m a hiker. I love getting outside for fresh air and some quiet time in nature with the God who created it all. For me, hiking is good exercise, but it’s more than that. Hiking is a spiritual discipline that helps me keep my eyes on Jesus.

When I hike with someone, I find myself worried about what pace the other person is walking. Am I leaving him behind? Or, more likely, am I holding him back? My eyes are [...]

Welcome SureFire Prayer!

By |2019-05-21T13:51:26-04:00April 22, 2019|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

The board and staff of KidZ at Heart International is delighted to welcome Paige Kolb and SureFire Prayer to our global Christian community. As the rich suite of resources and dynamic leaders of SureFire Prayer are grafted into KidZ at Heart, we will be better prepared than ever before to train, partner with, and mobilize networks of leaders to help kids fall deeply in love with Jesus!

Like any partnership, this one came together based on shared passion, vision, and style, with both [...]

From the Inside Out

By |2019-03-07T20:19:05-05:00February 28, 2019|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Recently, we visited the growing KidZ at Heart team in El Salvador to conduct KidZ at Heart’s Great Trainers Summit, our training of trainers. While traveling in-country, we saw churches everywhere which helped us see why El Salvador considers itself to be a Christian country. Jesus has been proclaimed there for many years, yet we were saddened to hear the results of a recent survey.

This study revealed that 54.9% of all inmates currently in the prisons of El Salvador [...]

2018: A Year in Review

By |2019-01-17T11:29:18-05:00January 14, 2019|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

This was a year of continuing to listen for and cooperate with God’s priorities for KidZ at Heart. To the best of our ability, our staff and board gathers regularly for a variety of spiritual practices, where we attempt to create space to be with and listen to God as a ministry team. You might think of it as creating a Tabernacle experience where we can spend time with God personally.

As we continued to follow those practices together in 2018, we saw God bring new [...]

We Invite You to Dream

By |2018-08-14T16:24:43-04:00August 14, 2018|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs, Uncategorized|

We’ve been talking quite a bit about spiritual formation of children and even a new project that KidZ at Heart is starting with Grafted Life Ministries. We invite you to dream with us.

Can you imagine...

  1. Casting a fresh vision for the church that thriving relationships with God and others are important at every age. There is no reason children can’t become aware of God’s presence in their everyday life. In fact, some would say they are as open to connecting with God, moment by [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter June 2018

By |2018-06-18T08:51:41-04:00June 14, 2018|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Spiritual formation. That’s a phrase you may be hearing at church these days. But what does it mean? Well, that sort of depends on who is saying it.

And that’s why we’d like to share with you what KidZ at Heart means when we talk about spiritual formation.

For some, “spiritual formation” is a synonym for Christian education. For others, it means the same thing as discipleship. Most see it as a repackaging of what we’ve always called spiritual growth.

But Dallas Willard explains these words are simply [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter March 2018

By |2018-03-28T17:41:06-04:00March 28, 2018|Gordon D. West: Blog Posts, Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Children and God connect with each other rather naturally and in many of the same ways that adults connect with God. As adults, we sometimes think we need to “help” both children and God to connect. But that’s not necessarily so! God and his children are pretty good at building a relationship when they are given a chance to do so.

In February, KidZ at Heart was privileged to be part of the 2018 Annual Conference of the [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter December 2017

By |2017-12-07T12:26:37-05:00December 6, 2017|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

We have exciting news to share! KidZ at Heart International has just signed a “memorandum of understanding” (commonly known as an MOU) with Hope International University in Fullerton, California. Together, we will be creating and administering an online Children’s Ministry Leadership Certificate as part of Hope’s School of Advanced Leadership Training (SALT) program.

Wikipedia defines MOU as “an agreement between two…or more….parties (that)… expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action.” The Scriptures define this as the body [...]

Gordon & Becki – KidZ Newsletter November 2017

By |2017-11-16T15:53:11-05:00November 13, 2017|Gordon D. West: KidZ Newsletters, Staff Blogs|

Whenever Scripture talks about knowing God, the word “know” suggests much more than an intellectual cognition of facts. In the same way, the Christian life is far more than abiding by a set of rules or principles for daily living.

While most of us know these two statements to be true about our own relationship with Jesus, adults are too quick to take the heart out of the gospel for children and replace it with a set of facts to believe and standards by which to [...]