A Behind-the-Scenes-Look at Bible Studies for Life

Meet some of the people behind the Bible Studies for Life Curriculum in this new video from LifeWay Kids! (Spoiler: they use it to teach Sunday School, too!)

A Sneak Peek at Theo from Kids Ministry 101

Today we wanted to give you a sneak peek into a new LifeWay product, our first video-based curriculum for kids, releasing in June 2011 — Theo. (ParentLife Connection: ParentLife’s very own Editorial Project Leader, William Summey, is also heading up the Theo project!)

Is your church or children’s ministry looking for a small group curriculum to go deeper with your kids? Theo the Animated Theologian offers a rare combination — packaging rich theological content with high entertainment value. Making the biblical content come alive through fun, age-appropriate Bible curriculum that revolves around the Bible stories imbedded in each episode of Theo. 

The first volume, focusing on foundations of faith, releases June 1, 2011, and offers four sessions on the topics of faith, obedience, forgiveness, and the armor of God. It also features a bonus session "Good News!" that is evangelistic. Succeeding volumes of Theo will follow in the fall and winter of 2011. 

Help your kids grow in grace with Theo! 

Check out this preview video of Theo’s "Good News!"

Theo’s Good News – Premiere Video! from LifeWay VBS on Vimeo.

After you check out "Good News," we’d love to hear what you think about Theo!

**This post was adapted from a post on the Kids Ministry 101 blog. Click here to see the original post: http://blogs.lifeway.com/blog/kidsministry101/2010/11/a-sneak-peek-at-theo.html

Not Just for Sunday School Teachers

The Levels of Biblical Learning (LOBL) is a simple but important ministry tool developed by experts to provide parents and teachers with visible milestones as you guide kids in their spiritual growth. The Levels of Biblical Learning gives a coordinated approach from birth through preteens by using 10 concept areas — God, Jesus, the Bible, Creation, Family, Self, Church, Community & World, Holy Spirit, and Salvation.

13_LOBL.jpgLet me just give you an example. This Christmas, you can talk about Jesus’ birth with your child in an age-appropriate way. You can start when your child is a baby … laying the foundational concepts and then building on them as your child grows.

Babies to 2s

  • God chose a family for Jesus.
  • Jesus was born.

3s to Pre-K

  • Angels told Mary and Joseph that Jesus would be born.
  • Jesus was sent to earth by God.


  • People in the Old Testament told that Jesus would be born.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.

Grades 1 to 2

  • Prophets in the Old Testament told that Jesus would be born.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.

Grades 3 to 4

  • Old Testament prophets revealed God’s plan for Jesus to be the Savior.
  • Jesus came to earth in human form. 
  • Jesus understands what it eans to be human.


  • God planned for Jesus from the beginning of time.
  • Jesus was born of a virgin.
  • Jesus was God in human form.

To learng more about the LOBL, be sure to visit www.lifeway.com/kids.

September Giveaway Reminder!

There’s still plenty of time to enter our September giveaway.

This month our giveaway is both for parents and children’s ministers who read ParentLife and visit our blog!


We are giving away four copies of LifeWay Kids’ new leadership book Kids Ministry 101 — answering all of your questions about children’s ministry in the church.

Rubysslipperscover.jpg We are also giving away some of the best new titles from B&H Fiction, including LeAnna Ellis’ new book Ruby’s Slippers.

 Everyone* who posts a comment on our blog during the month of September will be entered to win one of these new titles!

*LifeWay employees are not eligible for this giveaway. Multiple comments do not increase chances of winning.