KidZ at Heart equips people to reach and teach kids for Christ within their own culture. KidZ at Heart continues to meet needs around the world by equipping leaders in children’s ministry worldwide, using readily available local materials, and empowering children’s ministry leaders to teach and train others. This is cross-cultural children's ministry training.

KidZ Cross-Cultural Children's Ministry Training Materials

As part of the KidZ Ministry Certification Program, each workshop 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.

Learn more about our Philosophy of Education principles and how to apply them by joining us at a KidZ at Heart cross-cultural children's ministry training to help you with your children's ministry or to prepare you to equip others cross-culturally.

For More Information

Contact Vice President of Content Development Valorie Eddy at (877) 778-KidZ (5439), ext. 512.

Cross-cultural children’s ministry training

"I have learned to consider how children LEARN and plan my lessons accordingly...Now I feel more equipped and I have a better vision of why I am part of children’s ministry."

Khanyi, South Africa