SUBTITLE: Teaching the gospel in an African context. Sharing God’s love with the young ones.
SUMMARY: This book marks a very significant contribution to the fulfilment of the Great Commission in three respects:
- teaching the Gospel in the African context,
- preaching the Gospel with the eyes of a child, and
- sharing God’s love with the young ones in our society.
With the eyes of a child is unique in its simple approach to the training and equipping of people involved in children’s ministry. The content is based fully on the Word, and the main theme and ultimate goal of this work is to make Jesus shine as a hero and role-model to children.
Children have always been at the centre of Jesus’ ministry, and this book is a must read for everyone who has the responsibility to raise a Christ-like generation in these challenging times. Pastor Mawonga Phaphile Celesi challenges us to go back to the basics of the Gospel, back to the Bible, and back to God. Here is a simple manual to equip you for this noble task.
Part 1: The teaching content and the centrality of Christ
1. The ministry of teaching the child
2. Jesus, the best role model
3. The essence of child evangelism
4. Teaching values through stories
Part 2: Understanding the child
5. Understanding the child at home
6. Children’s needs and behaviour
7. Ages of children and their needs
8. Children from Christian homes
Part 3: Building healthy relationships in children’s ministry
9. Building relationships in the ministry
10. The teacher-child relationship
11. The parent-teacher relationship
12. The church and its children
Part 4: The life and duties of the children’s leader
13. The children’s leader is a mentor
14. Qualities of a children’s leader
15. How to plan, prepare and present a lesson
16. Tools at the teacher’s disposal
AUTHOR: Mawonga Phaphile Celesi’s love and passion for children and youth is what makes him who he is. He is the author of children’s books and a developer of training manuals for use in children’s ministry. Mawonga is currently the Head of Missional Ministries at Bible Media which also entails being the principal of Nehemiah Bible Institute. He is pursuing his PhD studies at Stellenbosch University in Practical Theology – Community Development, with a special focus on the marginalised groups in society including children and youth. Mawonga believes that children and youth should be prioritised in society. He believes that resources (time, finances, human resources, and so on) should be availed more towards the development and empowerment of children.