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has tried it, even for a day, knows that children’s ministry is
challenging. Pastors Deepak Reju and Marty Machowski have
been in your shoes and they want to help. Drawing on decades of family
ministry experience, they have a passion to help children’s ministry
directors, pastors, and volunteers remember the “why” of children’s
ministry and gain a fresh vision for the “how” of effective
discipleship and proactive nurturing of the next generation.
recruit volunteers, organize materials, set up safety
policies, and manage the many needs that come your way,
you may feel overwhelmed, discouraged,
and wonder if your ministry
is even effective. Reju and Machowski have a
passion to help those involved
in children’s ministry remember that it's more
than just providing safe childcare so that parents can attend
worship services; it’s about raising up faithful believers who love
the Lord, stand firm in the gospel, treasure Scripture, and have a
heart for others. These goals can only be met if the whole
church is committed to prioritizing time and energy into
disciple-making and sets proactive policies for children’s safety.
will learn about highlighting Bible-based
content, recruiting church members, planning for
emergencies, and partnering with parents. Build
On Jesus equips ministry leaders with the right
priorities, people, and practicalities needed
for fruitful nurturing and care of the youngest
disciples in the church.
Releases 10/4/21 from New Growth Press.
What Others Are Saying
individuals and as the church, we must invest our energy into raising,
shaping, and preparing our children for a life of service to God and
humanity. Whether you’re a children’s ministry veteran or a newbie, a
senior pastor or a concerned parent, this book is filled with practical
insights for improving the way we shepherd the next generation.” ~ Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family
“Build on Jesus is simply superb. It needs to be
read by every church leader who shepherds the people of God. In this
book, Pastors Reju and Machowski properly position the vital importance
of children’s ministry in the local church. It is not to be viewed as
something secondary and nonessential—it is to be at the very heart of
the Bible teaching and discipleship ministries of the church. I wish a
book like this have been written decades ago. Thankfully, it has
arrived!” ~ Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern
Baptist Theological Seminary
“Every church wants an effective children’s ministry, but implementing
one is easier said than done. It’s certainly not for the faint of
heart. In Build on Jesus, Deepak Reju
and Marty Machowski distill decades of experience into a practical
guide for building a culture marked by excellence and molded by gospel
grace. As a new pastor, I am immensely grateful for this resource and
will be handing it to every children’s ministry leader at our church.” ~ Matt Smethurst, Managing Editor, The Gospel
Coalition; planting pastor, River City Baptist Church,
Richmond, VA; author of Deacons and Before
You Open Your Bible
About the Authors
Deepak Reju, MDiv, PhD, serves as the pastor of biblical
counseling and families at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington,
DC, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Biblical
Counseling Coalition and a trustee for the Christian Counseling &
Education Foundation. He is the author of several books and
articles, including On Guard: Preventing and Responding to
Child Abuse at Church, She’s Got the Wrong Guy: Why
Smart Women Settle, and The
Pastor and Counseling, and is coauthor of Build on Jesus.
Deepak and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 2001 for
twenty years and have five children.
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in
Glen Mills, PA, where he has served on the pastoral staff for over
thirty years. He is the author of a number of family
devotionals, curriculums (including the Gospel Story for
Kids), children’s books, and parenting titles. His latest
releases include WonderFull, God Made Me for
Heaven, Brave and Bold, Angels on Your Side, and Build
on Jesus (coauthored with Deepak Reju). He
and his wife, Lois, have six children and several grandchildren, and
reside in West Chester, PA.
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