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GameLife 1-2-3 Training Guide

GameLife 1-2-3 Disciple Making for Children Using Experiential Games
Children’s Focused Disciple Making & Church Planting

GameLife 1-2-3

1 Game Experience
2 Bible Discoveries
3 Life Connections

1 Game Experience

Children experience the Bible truth
by playing a simple experiential-game

2 Bible Discoveries

Children personally discover the Bible truth
from the Bible

3 Life Connections

Children connect the Bible truth to their life
through application questions, real-life application practice, and prayer

GameLife 1-2-3 Disciple Making for Children
Using Experiential Games

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

1. Welcome to GameLife 1-2-3 Training
2. Why Games to Teach children?
3. Why Stories to Train adults?
4. Memorize the Story: “Car Factory”
5. Can Children’s Ministry Make Disciples?
6. GameLife 1-2-3 Training Overview
7. Accountability Scorecard for Abiding in Christ

2. Training Session One
Disciple Making for Adults & Children: Share Disciple Making with “3 People”

1. Training Session One. Overview to Lead the Training
2. Memorize the Story: “Mango Orchard”
3. Disciple Questions
Why? Who? What? When & How? Where?

3. Training Session Two
GameLife Disciple Making: Lead GameLife 1-2-3 at “My Church”

1. Training Session Two Overview to Lead the Training
2. Memorize the Story: “Turkey & Eagle”
3. GameLife 1-2-3 Use to Make Disciples, Plant Churches, and Launch Movements

4. Training Session Three
Be Equipped: Train GameLife 1-2-3 at a “Neighbor’s Church”

1. Training Session Three Overview to Lead the Training
2. Memorize the Story: “My Team Won”
3. GameLife 1-2-3 Leader’s Roles & Responsibilities
4. Be Equipped to Lead GameLife 1-2-3
1. Leading 1 Game Experience
2. Leading 2 Bible Discoveries
3. Leading 3 Life Connections

5. Training Session Four
Start a Disciple Making Movement to Help Reach Two Billion Children: Start a Movement “New Disciples / New Churches”

1. Training Session Four Overview to Lead the Training
2. Memorize the Parables: “Mustard Seed & Leaven”
3. Memorize the Story: “Long Stairway”
4. Memorize the Story: “Rescue Centers”

Attached: GameLife 1-2-3 Lessons

 

Welcome to GameLife 1-2-3 Training

GameLife 1-2-3 teaches children in a fun way using a powerful teaching method.  We teach the way Jesus taught using easy to understand life experiences.

● Jesus started with the “easy to understand truth” // to teach a “new truth

● Jesus: “easy to understand truth” = Mustard Seed // to teach “new truth” = Growth of the Kingdom of God from Matthew 13

Why Games to Teach Children?
GameLife 1-2-3

● GameLife 1-2-3 is experiential education.  Children experience God’s truth in an intentionally designed game.

● “Easy to understand truth” Game Experience // to teach “new truth” Bible Truth

● “Easy to understand truth” Fishnet Tag Experiential Game: Every child has to be caught (even the “taller people”) to win the game

● To teach “new truth” Reminding us all of Matthew 28:18-20 to reach everyone with God’s love 

Game: Fishnet Tag
Bible: Great Commission Reach All Nations
Life: Even as a child I can reach my friends and family with God’s love

GameLife 1-2-3 trains children’s workers in one of the most powerful teaching methods in the world. GameLife 1-2-3 is experiential education. This is teaching the way Jesus taught — engage students with a powerful experience – a “known or familiar truth”– then reveal or through discovery show how that “known familiar truth” relates to the “new truth.” Watch Jesus do this in Mark 4:30-32, “And he (Jesus) said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed…”

Why Stories to Train Adults?

Good Question. Answer: God teaches through stories and parables.  In the GameLife 1-2-3 training our training method is part of our training message.”  As a future trainer, you must allow your student to “experience” the truth through something familiar like a story or a game, then it is very easy to teach your student the “new truth.”

Also, stories and our GameLife 1-2-3 game experiences are easy to remember and if something is easy to remember it is easy to multiply.

Simple Things Multiply

Our training method is part of our training message. People will teach others the way they were taught. We would prefer to be with you and have you experience the GameLife 1-2-3 game experiences live and in person. The next best method is an easy to remember story. When you are finished with the four-session training you do not need to remember all these words you are reading, you simply need to remember the stories, by remembering the stories you will be able to remember the principles the stories represent, and you will be able to train others!!!

Read the story “Car Factory” then memorize the story, tell someone the story and watch how quickly they experience an “Aha Moment” when the truth becomes so clear.  Most people respond “Oh, now I understand!”  Ask them to tell back the story to you, not only will they be able to tell you the story — they will be able to tell you the principle the story represents.  That is GameLife teaching!!!

If you can remember the story “Car Factory” you are well on your way to understanding why training children should be one of the top priorities and a foundation for every church.

Memorize the Story: “Car Factory”

Story: Car Factory

● If the cars coming out of an automobile factory were constantly breaking down and needing repair what would you do?

● Easy, right?  Hire and train more mechanics to fix all the broken cars!

  NO.

● Every single year, decade after decade, every single generation, you would need more and more and even more mechanics just to keep up.

Now, if you were wise, you would recruit and train diligent engineers and 
you would go in and change the way those cars are being produced!

To fully understand, substitute “people” for cars and substitute “developmental years” for the factory and you will quickly see what needs to be done right now.

 

Story: Car Factory / People Training

● If the “people” coming out of “their developmental years” were constantly breaking down and needing repair what would you do?

● Easy, right?  Hire and train more “adult leaders” to fix all the “broken people!”

  NO.

● Every single year, decade after decade, every single generation, you would need more and more and even more “adult leaders” just to keep up.

● Now, if you were wise, you would recruit and train diligent parents and “children’s leaders” and you would go in and change the way those “people” are being “trained during their developmental years!”

 

The Bible says it best:

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

“You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 6:7

GameLife 1-2-3 inspires, equips, resources, challenges, and trains parents and diligent children’s leaders.

This strategy will help fulfill the Great Commission,
“18 All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18b-20.

Training Champions for Eternity!
A child-friendly way of saying making disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:18-20

Can Children’s Ministry Make Disciples and even Plant Churches?  Yes!!!  Read the example (or watch the *videos online)

(*Videos available on the website www.GameLife123.com)

Testimony: Colombia, South America

This village in a remote area did not have a church nearby.  By God’s grace our trainers implemented the GameLife 1-2-3 Strategy:

Reach a Child to Engage a Family to Plant a Church!!!

1. In the Video at 5 seconds to 8 seconds:  Reach a Child — see the children playing the GameLife 1-2-3 games on the dirt street.

2. In the Video at 10 seconds to 14 seconds:  Engage a Family — see the dads and moms in the background outside the home in a Bible Discovery for adults.

3. In the Video at 1 second till the end:  Plant a Church — see the 25+ souls that make up this new church plant!!! (how many souls did you count?)

4. In the Video at 1 second till the end: New Young Leaders Trained — see the youth and young adults being trained to share the Gospel.

Three Generations are Being Reached at the Same Time

1. Current Generation: Adults and families gathering as a church, a new body of Christ, in the remote village without a nearby church.

2. Next Generation: Youth and new young leaders leading GameLife 1-2-3.  The ministry is simple by design — it is a non-threatening entry-level leadership-experience.  By God’s grace this will be the Next Generation of Disciple Makers and Church Planters.

3. Future Generation: Children are learning the Bible through experiential Games.  By God’s grace this will be the Future Generation of Disciple Makers and Church Planters.

Please Read – Reflect – Be Inspired!

Billions of Souls

● There are around 8 billion of souls on earth.  1 out of 4 of those souls is under the age of 14.

● Upwards of 70% of Christians came to faith in Christ Jesus under the age of 14.

● Children under the age of 14 are the most receptive to hear about and respond positively to the grace freely offered by Jesus.

Many Bible Passages

● Deuteronomy 6 (verses 5-7), Proverbs 22:6, 2 Timothy 3:14-15, 2 Timothy 1:5.

One Language

● Children have one common language across all cultures and every continent — games.  Children love playing games.

● GameLife 1-2-3 uses “experiential-games” to teach life-lessons from the Bible.  Games for Life.  GameLife.  This is commonly called “experiential-learning” or “experiential-education.”

● It is simply the way Jesus taught “…With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed…” from Mark 4:30-32.

o Jesus went from the easy to understand truth “seeds” to teach the new truth “Kingdom of God”

o GameLife starts with an easy to understand truth in a “Game” to teach children the new truth about “Life.”

GameLife 1-2-3 Training Overview

Simply follow these steps to get started.  Read through each section. Very Important!  Please read through the sessions in order, in sequence, Session One and then, Session Two, and then, Session Three, and then, Session Four.  Why? Each session builds on the foundation from the previous session.  Here is the order and overview:

Introduction  

○ Clear explanation of GameLife 1-2-3 and inspiring stories and facts about the importance of reaching children.

○ Weekly Accountability Scorecard for Abiding in Christ.

Training Session One

○ Learn the major difference between Adult Disciple Making & Evangelism and Children’s Disciple Making & Evangelism. (They are very different).  Learn how GameLife 1-2-3 trains children focusing on children’s unique learning styles: concrete thinkers, audio, visual, and full-body active-engagement using our GameLife 1-2-3 experiential games.

● Training Session Two

○ Learn what is the best way to use GameLife 1-2-3 for your field: Evangelism Outreaches to bring in more children and families to your church, Disciple Making for all our children, Church Planting into unreached areas of our community, or, all of these ways.

● Training Session Three

○ Learn to lead GameLife 1-2-3.  Step by step you will learn the skills to lead children’s disciple making with confidence regardless if there are 4 children or 204 children.

   ■ 1 Game Experience

   ■ 2 Bible Discoveries

   ■ 3 Life Connections

● Training Session Four

○ Be challenged to Fast & Pray asking God where to launch a movement to reach every area within your region and beyond.

Attached GameLife 1-2-3 Lessons

○ All GameLife 1-2-3 lessons in the simple format can be translated into almost every language.
Available online www.GameLife123.com and Facebook Groups #GameLife123 “Any” Language
(If you cannot find your language please email Trainer@GameLife123.com)

   ■ Evangelism Outreach Lessons

   ■ Disciple Making Lessons

   ■ Book of Mark Lessons

   ■ Bible Overview Lessons with 21 Visuals

 

Accountability Scorecard for Abiding in Christ

Accountability Questions for Your Leadership Accountability Group
(You are encouraged to start a leadership group and meet weekly for accountability)

Life in its simplest form is “Relationship”
Our lives have four major relationships like a bullseye or circles that go out from the center.  

1. Lordship: Your Relationship with God Abiding in Christ

● Heart: How are you abiding in Christ and allowing Christ to abide in you?  How are you yielding to Jesus moment by moment? (Galatians 2:20, John 15).

o Heart: Are you setting your heart to study God’s word, practicing God’s truth, and sharing/teaching/passing on God’s truth?  Ezra 7:10 “For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.”

o Heart: Are you preparing your heart for persecution? Are you rejoicing if you are enduring persecution? Are you lifting up your brothers and sisters around the world that are suffering persecution daily for the name of Jesus?

● Prayer: Prayer Time, Lord’s Prayer, Fast & Pray, Prayer Walking.

o Prayer Cycle: 5 minutes each: Praise, Waiting, Asking Forgiveness, Read the Word, Asking for Others, Praying for Others, Pray God’s Word, Thanksgiving, Singing, Reflect on God’s Truth, Be Quiet and Listen for God, Praise.

● Word: Reading, Memorization.

o P. R. A. Y.

o Pray: Tell God you will obey His Word.

o Read: Read actively God’s Word.

o Ask: What was the “choice” someone made? What was the “result” of that choice?

o Yield: Commit your will to obey God’s instruction, following the example if it was good, and avoiding the example if it was evil.

2. Fellowship: Your Relationship with Family and Ministry Family

● Your Family:  How did you sacrifice for your family this week?

● Ministry Family:

o Who is the next person God is stirring your heart to tell the Gospel?

o Have you made a list and are you praying for God to stir their heart to be open?

o When was the last time you shared: Your Story, God’s Story, asked someone to tell Their Story?

o Those that God birthed into His family, is there anyone needing to be baptized?

3. Discipleship: Your Relationship with Your Ministry Calling

● Paul: 2 Timothy 2:2 Who is your “Paul?” We all have more to learn in our spiritual journey (if you do not have a “Paul” begin right now to ask God to bring a mature “Paul” into your life.

● Timothy: 2 Timothy 2:2 Who is your “Timothy” you have been blessed to bless others (if you do not have a “Timothy” begin right now to ask God to bring a young “Timothy” into your life.

● Your Calling: Not “What are you doing?” but “Who are you becoming?”

● Leadership Multiplication: What level of leadership is God calling you towards? See Training Session Four: Certification Levels of Disciple Making / Church Planting

● Today’s Session: Questions? Previous Sessions Review: Working? Not Working? Confusing? Missing?

4. Stewardship: Your Relationship with Time, Tools, and Resources

● Resources: Tithe. Are you being generous with your God given blessings?

● Time: Wise use of your time. Weekly Schedule to fulfill the *3 Church Mindset (*in this guide page 16).

 

Training Session One
Share Disciple Making with 3 People

Session One Overview: 1. Experience: Heart / 2. Discovery: Study Points / 3. Connection: Practice to Teach Others

the good hand of his God was upon him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.”

Ezra 7:9b-10 (emphasis added)

1. Experience: Heart

● Prayer of Yielding My Will “Whatever It Takes”

● Question: Do you know how to make disciples or plant a church?

● Memorize the Story: Mango Orchard

● Verse & Truth

● “And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teachings, he said to them: 3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” 9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Mark 4:2-9 (emphasis added).

● We have been given the privilege and responsibility to prepare the soil, plant the seed, nurture the immature tree, harvest the fruit and train others to do the same.

2. Discovery: Study Points

● Questions

● Why?

● Who?

● What?

● When?

● Where?

3. Connection: Practice to Teach Others

● Tools Needed

o Prayer Journal: Fast & Pray asking God to show you the empty fields that need a Mango Tree.

o GameLife 1-2-3 Lesson Plans: See the back of this training guide.

● Faith and Obedience Challenge

o Share with 3 people “Why Christians do not make disciples? (Answer: They do not know “Why?” “Who?” “What?” or “When?”)

o Also, share with those 3 people about this training and how GameLife 1-2-3 can be used to make disciples / Train Champions for Eternity!

● Prayer of Commitment

 

Memorize the Story: “Mango Orchard”

● There was an empty field and the farmer had a great need to provide for his family.  The farmer was told to plant seeds in the nearby empty field. The farmer would not! No? The farmer had tried before and the farmer knew the soil was hard and the seeds he planted last time did not grow! A good friend explained this important news to the farmer:

● The hard soil needs to be broken and prepared before seeds can be planted.

● You must plant the right seeds for that soil.

● The Seeds to be planted were different than any seeds the farmer had ever seen before. The seeds were large about the size of his hand. The good friend said these were Mango seeds.

● The Immature Tree began to grow but slowly. It took much time and care to keep it growing. The farmer almost gave up but the good friend encouraged the farmer to nurture the immature tree and be patient.

● The Mature Tree began to bear Fruit and the farmer was so joyful. There was more fruit that he and his family could eat and each fruit had a large Mango seed on the inside.  The farmer knew what to do with all those seeds!

● The Farmer felt a stir in his heart to share this good news of 1. Preparing the Soil, 2. Planting Seeds, 3. Nurturing the Immature Tree, and 4. Harvesting the Fruit with everyone he knew both near and far.

Story: Mango Orchard / People Orchard

● Preparing the Soil = Pray and Fast

○ Would you ever plant a seed on concrete?  No?  Yet you seek to minister (plant seeds) on unprepared soil (a ministry field not fasted and prayed for).

● Planting Seeds = Gospel

○ There are many tools to dig into the soil to plant a seed (Gospel).  Focus on the Gospel (seed) not the tool (bridge, road, colors, cubes, circles).

● Nurturing the Immature Tree = Discipleship

○ Time.  Making a disciple takes time.  Making a disciple of a child, teen, youth, young adult takes even more time. Is it worth it? Ask Paul about Timothy, remember Timothy was taught the Scriptures in his home since childhood.  Paul was able to take the strong foundation and train a “Champion for Eternity” from the young man called Timothy.

○ 2 Timothy 1:5 “I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well.”

○ 2 Timothy 3:14-15 ” But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”

● Harvesting the Fruit = Gathering as a Church and each one using his/her gifts

○ Same Time.  Same Place. Leaders clearly acknowledged as the multiplying leaders.

● The Farmer = Disciple Maker / Church Planter

○ Working all fields, yet knowing that it is God alone that brings and truly bears all fruit – John 15. Therefore, the farmer knows that Fasting and Prayer is the most important role and responsibility!

The Bible says it best:

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.
27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how.
28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Mark 4:26-29

 

2 “And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching, he said to them:
3 “
Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it.
5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil,
and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil.
6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away.
7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.
And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain,
growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold
.”
9 And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Mark 4:2-9 (emphasis added)

 

The Disciple Questions

Why? Who? What? When & How? Where?

 

Why Don’t Christians Make Disciples?

Our mission discovered in decades of service in almost every culture most Christians do not make disciples nor do they openly share their faith in Jesus. Most go to church, keep their faith personal, and possibly invite a neighbor to a Christmas service. 

The Answer is Not Disobedience

Most Christians are aware of the Basics: “Love God” and “Love Your Neighbor.” Yet, few understand their role in the Great Commission commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 “…Go and Make Disciples of All Nations…”  

 

Christians Would Make Disciples If…
They knew the Answer to Basic Questions:

 Why Make Disciples? – You are Jesus’ Plan – Who, Me?
 Who Would We Share With?
 What Would We Say?
 When Would We Do This?
 Where Would We Do This?

Christ has called all who follow Him to love God, love others, and to make disciples who make more disciples—in every nation.  Discipleship training helps launch believers into this full and joyful life and eliminates the excuses that many Christians have for not sharing the gospel or discipling those we lead to faith. The two most common excuses are: “I am not called” and “I have not been trained”. Whether in ministry or in the marketplace, we are all called to love God, love others, and make disciples. This training will challenge you to put into practice the tools you receive.

Listening, hearing, obeying and passing on to others what you hear from God is essential to making disciples. A children’s discipleship group uses the same 3-part process to make disciples that adult discipleship groups use (sorry adults, games are for the children :-)).

1 Game Experience
:
The first part is a Game experience (our GameLife children’s discipleship) and “check in” (how are you doing?) and “check up” (accountability).

2 Bible Discoveries:
The second part is a Bible Discovery with everyone participating.

3 Life Connections:
The third part has Life application (hearing and obeying) built into it.

God can move through an individual that is yielding to Jesus, abiding in Jesus, and obeying Jesus to start a movement where disciples make disciples that make even more disciples. We call this a “discipleship making movement / church planting movement” and it can sweep across your city, state, nation and be taken all over the world by faithful disciples who simply obey what Jesus is telling them to do!

Disciple Making: Four Fields Overview Visual (Not pictured)

 

Question
We will start with life’s most important question first:

Why?

Bible Discovery: Read the passage below and discover:

● Discover the verse that states you are a new creation

● Discover the verse that states your old life has been exchanged with the new life of Christ

● Discover the verses that state every believer’s message and ministry:

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 

18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 
19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,
not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 

21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (emphasis added)

 

Question
Who?

Who do we share this good news with? Your relational network.  In other words, your friends, family, relatives, co-workers, neighbors and anyone else that you know and have a relationship with.

Write out (or type) a list of at least 20 people who need to hear this good news. Pray through the list and ask God to show you the people that you can share with this coming week.

Question
What?

Your Story:

What do we share?  Share your story as a bridge to sharing God’s story.  Your story is a powerful testimony!  People can say they do not believe in God but they cannot deny you, and your life is a living testimony to God’s grace standing right in front of them. Simply share what your life was like before you received the grace freely offered by Jesus and what your life is like now.  Some individuals share the Gospel, God’s Story of Grace, during their testimony, some share God’s Story after sharing their story.

Important: After sharing your story immediately ask this question, “Do you have a story like that?” (pray God stirs the person’s heart).

If they answer yes, this is a “Green Light,” then ask them to share their testimony of salvation.

If they answer no, ask them if you can share with them God’s Story (if they respond positively they are now a “Green Light.” If they respond “no,” but still would like to explore knowing God, they are a “Yellow Light.” If they respond “no,” and do not want to hear anymore, they are a “Red Light.”

In all responses pray for the individual and follow up to the next step in the “Four Fields.”

There are many methods to share GOD’S STORY.  Here is one called the 3 Circles (with adults you draw out a picture; with children, we use simple hand motions to share God’s Story, we call this “Creation to Christ Hand Motions.”

God’s Story: Creation to Christ

After sharing God’s story ask the individual where they believe they are today.

Are they close to God, living in close relationship with God through Jesus their Savior?

Ask them if they would like to learn more about God and God’s heart to reach the lost, the least and the unloved.

Are they far from God in that state of “brokenness?”

Ask them if they would like to know how they can have a relationship with God through Jesus’ sacrifice, not what they have done, but what Jesus has done for them.

Lead in prayer.

Question

When & How?

When? & How to Make Disciples?

Note the Disciple Training format above and below.  Above for children and below for adults. (Not pictured)

Notice what is similar:

● Care

● Worship

● Vision

● Accountability: High Expectations and Specific Accountability

● Bible Discovery

● Life Application

● Practice of Life Application

● Prayer

Notice what is different:

● Game Experience. The game experience helps children tangibly experience and in a “role model” method “experience” the truth of the Bible passage. Play is a natural way to engage with other children (adults may sip tea or coffee and chat, children play to engage with one another).

● Lord’s Prayer. To learn to pray. (Not merely rotely repeating the word, but learning the principles of “asking for our daily needs,” “forgiving others,” “praying God’s will & kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.”

● The Gospel is shared and practiced every week. The method of using the whole body to share the Gospel in the “Creation to Christ Hand Motions” is very engaging for the children and they love to learn the motions (like a challenge they want to learn) then they can share the Gospel anywhere and anytime without having to have paper, pen, or even knowing how to spell.

● More direct question guiding children to discover God’s truth. The adults use open ended questions (with many possible answers and applications).

● Scripture Memory Verse. We call this “Power Words.”  Each lesson has a specific memory verse that helps summarize the one main truth of the passage.

● Worship is at the end rather than the beginning.  Playing games at the beginning helps children “burn off extra energy” and after discovering God’s truth now have something powerful to worship and praise God.

● Each lesson has a specific game, a specific set of questions, and a specific memory verse. There are over 104 lessons (over two-years of weekly curriculum) freely available by email and online in almost every language:

○ 21 Bible Overview Lessons

○ 5 Gospel Evangelism Lessons

○ 9 Discipleship Lessons

○ 72 Book of Mark Lessons

Note the Disciple Training format above and below. Above for children and below for adults. (Not pictured)

Question

Where?

It is important to think about 3 Churches at all Times:

1. Next Church: The “empty field” where God is calling to plant a new church / new disciple making movement / new GameLife 1-2-3 Training Center.

2. Neighbor’s Church: The “planting seeds field” and “nurturing the immature tree field” helping my neighbor’s church to:
Reach a Child to Engage a Family to Plant a Church.

3. My Church: The “mature fruit bearing tree field” leading GameLife 1-2-3 at my church and always training new young leaders.  The church gathers in a variety of places. Often, in homes is the best gathering place.

GameLife 1-2-3 Discipleship

Some churches have their GameLife 1-2-3 time on Sunday when the church gathers:

1. Before the adult church service and then children join the adults in the main service.

2. After the adult church service while the adults have a time of conversation and snack.

3. During the adult church service.

o Children stay in the adult service during worship and then go out for GameLife 1-2-3 when the preaching starts.

o Children go directly to a “children’s area” and start GameLife 1-2-3.

GameLife 1-2-3 Evangelism and Outreach

Some churches have their GameLife 1-2-3 time outside the normal church times and away from the location the church normally meets.

● Lead GameLife 1-2-3 on:

o Saturday morning or afternoon.

o After school in the afternoon or morning (some schools are on split schedules).

o Meet in an area where there is no church. Use the GameLife Strategy:

Reach a Child to Engage a Family to Plant a Church

GameLife 1-2-3 Read & Lead: Lesson Plans

● See End of this Training Guide, and online

● www.GameLife123.com, or email

● Trainer@GameLife123.com

GameLife 1-2-3 Lesson Plans

● 21 Bible Overview Lessons

● 5 Gospel Evangelism Lessons

● 9 Discipleship Lessons

● 72 Book of Mark Lessons

Reach a Child to Engage a Family to Plant a Church

 

Training Session Two
Lead GameLife 1-2-3 at My Church

Session Two Overview: 1. Experience: Heart / 2. Discovery: Study Points / 3. Connection: Practice to Teach Others

1. Experience: Heart

● Prayer of Yielding My Will “Whatever It Takes”

● Question: What are the qualifications to teach the Bible or disciple an individual or plant a new church?

● Memorize the Story: Turkey & Eagle

● Verse & Truth

● I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 (emphasis added)

● Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2 (emphasis added).

● Christ is the only one qualified to make disciples or plant a new church, the good news, Christ lives within each and every believer.  Christians need to reckon it so, to live like who they are in Christ.

2. Discovery: Study Points

● GameLife 1-2-3 How to Use to Make Disciples, Plant Churches, and Launch Movements

3. Connection: Practice to Teach Others

● Tools Needed

o Prayer Journal: Fast & Pray asking God to show you the empty fields that need a Mango Tree.

o GameLife 1-2-3 Lesson Plans: Website: www.GameLife123.com / Free lessons online on Facebook simply type into the search bar:  #GameLife123, and by email Trainer@GameLife123.com

● Faith and Obedience Challenge

o Lead a GameLife 1-2-3 experience for a group of children (this can be at your church or in a community setting).  Several goals:

   ■ Understand how simple it is to lead a GameLife 1-2-3 experience,

   ■ See how much fun the children had while at the same time learning the Bible, and

   ■ Discover that the children want to come back for the next GameLife 1-2-3 experience.

● Prayer of Commitment

Memorize the Story: “Turkey & Eagle”

● Once an Eagle’s egg had fallen out of its nest and the egg rolled up next to a turkey’s nest on the ground.  When the Momma Turkey saw what she thought was one of her eggs she rolled that eagle egg into her nest with the rest of her turkey eggs.

● When all the eggs hatched the “one little bird” (the eagle) looked different than all the other birds.  Momma Turkey treated all her little birds the same, teaching them to dig in the dirt for worms to eat. One day the ” one little bird” looked up in the sky and saw a beautiful Eagle soaring through the air. All the birds and even Momma Turkey surrounded the “one little bird” and said “Do not even think about it! You are a Turkey!!”

● Was that “one little bird” a Turkey?  Might that “one little bird” have felt like a Turkey? Why?

● The Father Eagle in the sky swooped down and rescued the “one little bird” and began to train it, all about being an Eagle and soaring!

● The “one little bird” does not have to “try” to be an Eagle, it is already an Eagle! It simply needs to reckon it so and soar!

Important: The Father Eagle trained the little eagle using a 3 Step Process>

1. Experience: Father Eagle trained the little bird by playing flying games letting the little bird experience flying, not just hearing about flying (it would be so silly to talk about flying, yet never actually flying).

2. Discovery: While flying the little bird personally discovered about wind currents.

3. Connection: The little bird grew and grew and invested the rest of its life
* searching for lost eagles, and
* teaching little eagles to soar!

Story: Turkey & Eagle / True Identity in Christ & 3 Step GameLife Training

● Christians often fail to step into the calling God has for their life because they think they are a “Turkey” rather than an “Eagle.” God’s word states clearly that we are new creations in Christ and Christ has exchanged his life for our life. (Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

● Christian leaders often do not take great steps of faith because they have forgotten they are “Eagles” and forgotten that God will catch them when they take great steps of faith as God is calling them to soar and God is waiting for leaders to take great steps of faith.  (Isaiah 40:31).

● Christian, you are an “Eagle!” Never live your life like a “Turkey” (Galatians 5).

● You do not have to “try” to be a Christian, you already are a Christian! Christian, simply reckon it so and soar!

Important: This story explains our GameLife 3 Step Training Process. GameLife 1-2-3 teaches “One Main Truth” from the Bible in 3 child friendly learning styles:

1. Experience: 1 Game Experience – Children Experience the Bible Truth in an Experiential Game.

2. Discovery: 2 Bible Discoveries – Children Discover the Bible Truth from the Bible.

3. Connection: 3 Life Connections – Children Apply the Bible Truth to their Life.

1 Game Experience

Children experience God’s truth. Experiential Games allow children to experience God’s truth (children are not just hearing about life. It would be so silly to talk about life, yet never actually experiencing life).

2 Bible Discoveries

Children personally discover God’s truth from the Bible.  First the Gospel, and then the Bible passage for today’s lesson.

3 Life Connections

Children connect God’s truth to life.  Children practice what applying this truth to their life would look like, children pray asking for Jesus to live this truth through their lives, and children celebrate in worship and praise.

The Bible says it best:

I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me
.
And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 (emphasis added)

Do not be conformed to this world,
but
be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2 (emphasis added)

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 (emphasis added)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself
and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,
not counting their trespasses against them,
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
20 
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (emphasis added)

 

GameLife 1-2-3 Use to Make Disciples, Plant Churches, and Launch Movements

GameLife 1-2-3 Variety of Uses:

GameLife 1-2-3 is a weekly discipleship training for children.

Experiential-Games are used to teach the Bible.  This method is fun and very powerful as children love the games and the experiential-game help the children remember the lesson for life.  Games for Life.  GameLife!!!

GameLife 1-2-3 is also a ministry strategy that can also be used by God to stir prayer movements, evangelism & missions, leadership development, and even community transformation!!!

GameLife 1-2-3 Inspires Discipleship:

1. Prayer Movements that lead to Church Planting

o #FastAndPrayMondays

o Reach a Child to Engage a Family to Plant a Church.

o Each week GameLife leaders fast and pray every Monday asking God to raise up more leaders to help reach 2,000,000,000 children annually.

2. Evangelism & Missions

o #CreationToChristHandMotions

o Use GameLife as an outreach, as a camp, as an Easter / School Break / and Christmas outreach for the community.  Use on mission expeditions short-term or long-term missions

o Each week children are trained and encouraged to share the Gospel through fun hand motions.

3. Discipleship

o #GameLife123

o Lead GameLife at your local church and train other children’s workers to use GameLife as a tool for discipleship

o Each week use the fun experiential games to teach the Bible from Genesis to Revelation

4. Leadership Development

o #TrainingChampionsForEternity

o 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul trains Timothy, Timothy trains Faithful, Faithful trains Others.

o Each week young leaders gather with mature leaders to prepare the weekly GameLife ministry. This assures there will always be new leaders for GameLife generation after generation.

5. Community Transformation

o #What’s your 77?

o Reach all areas of Community Transformation within your community. 1. Church, 2. Family, 3. Education, 4. Media, 5. Public Service, 6. Business, 7. Arts & Athletics

o Each month GameLife leaders are encouraged to take the children on a “Community Transformation Experience.”

Type in any of the #’s above in the Facebook search bar to see how children’s workers around the world are using these strategies to Train Champions for Eternity (a child friendly way of saying making disciples Matthew 28:18-20).

The most powerful way to use GameLife 1-2-3: 
Use GameLife 1-2-3 as a Church Planting Strategy!

#ChildrenChurchPlantingMovements GameLife 1-2-3 is a church planting strategy that helps pastors plant more churches by focusing on children. The “four fields” and “three thirds” methods are used by children’s workers to reach “No Place Left” – focusing on children while serving in harmony with church planters. When children’s workers reach a child, it opens the door to engage the family, and that will help plant new generational churches, assuring churches grow and multiply for generations!

Reach a Child to Engage a Family to Plant a Church

Can GameLife 1-2-3 really accelerate church planting movements?
Yes, and it already has!

GameLife 1-2-3 is spreading across mission fields, since it requires zero resources it is easily used by leaders, and powerfully engages children and their families. Read about how God used GameLife 1-2-3 in the life of one church planter in a remote area of Peru South America:

“GameLife 1-2-3 has a great impact in my life and in our city… I can see the hand of Jesus in our children and in our leaders from our zone. Five months ago, God put his Vision and passion in my heart to work with children and training to other sisters and brothers to continue with this service. Now, we are 8 trainers in our church and every Sunday we work with our children. At the beginning, we had 5 kids, now we have 35 children who share in their houses and neighborhoods about Jesus. Every trainer has 5 or 6 children in her group to take care of and pray for. We visit their parents and we opened two houses of peace, one mom was baptized two weeks ago and the parents are listening about Jesus through their children in their houses. Now I am very motivated to continue doing the work to train others in the mission to go and make disciples and in the vision to grow and multiplication. In January, we are going to train in another village and we are praying for that. Thanks to our God for his support and grace on us.” R. L.

Games keep the children coming back
week after week,
month after month,
year after year!

Training Session Three
Train GameLife 1-2-3 at a Neighbor’s Church

Session Three Overview: 1. Experience: Heart / 2. Discovery: Study Points / 3. Connection: Practice to Teach Others

1. Experience: Heart

● Prayer of Yielding My Will: “Whatever It Takes”

● Question: What is better than leading a GameLife 1-2-3 disciple training at your church?

● Memorize the Story: My Team Won!

● Verse & Truth

● For our sake, He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.  2 Corinthians 5:21 (emphasis added).

● I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20 (emphasis added).

● Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  Romans 12:2 (emphasis added).

● “And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”  2 Timothy 2:2

● What is better than leading a GameLife 1-2-3 disciple training at your church?
Training someone else to lead a GameLife 1-2-3 disciple training at their church.

● What is better than training someone else to lead a GameLife 1-2-3 disciple training at their church?
Training trainers that will be able to train other trainers to lead GameLife 1-2-3 throughout your entire country and beyond!

2. Discovery: Study Points

● GameLife 1-2-3 Leader’s Roles & Responsibilities

● Be Equipped to Lead GameLife 1-2-3

   1. Leading 1 Game Experience
2. Leading 2 Bible Discoveries
3. Leading 3 Life Connections

3. Connection: Practice to Teach Others

● Tools Needed

o Prayer Journal: Fast & Pray asking God to show you the empty fields that need a Mango Tree

o Calendar:

▪ Weekly Calendar: My Church times, Neighbor’s Church times –help with the “training cycle” at your neighbor’s church to grow their own GameLife 1-2-3 Training Center and New Church times (Fast & Pray Mondays).

▪ Year Calendar:  Easter Outreach, School Break Outreach, Christmas Outreach (Ideal Times for training and outreaches: often we focus on our own church “My Church” at this time, but this is the best time to focus on the “New Church” empty field).

o GameLife 1-2-3 Lesson Plans: Website: www.GameLife123.com / Free lessons online on Facebook simply type into the search bar:  #GameLife123, and by email Trainer@GameLife123.com

● Faith and Obedience Challenge

o Lead a GameLife 1-2-3 training for a neighbor’s church and commit to help that church for three-months to help them launch their GameLife 1-2-3 Training Center (then it becomes your “Neighbor’s Church”).

● Prayer of Commitment

 

Memorize the Story: “My Team Won!”

Game Experience:

● Once, a world cup football (soccer) match was to be decided by a single player’s kick in a shoot out.  The player sent the ball solid into the back of the net!  The entire new championship team began to jump and shout and celebrate! (To better illustrate this story, the main point can be experienced by those you are training, not soccer, but “Rock, Paper, Scissors” everyone plays with losing player standing behind the player that won, play several rounds until there are only two teams left. Have the representatives play to decide the championship team).

● When one of the players on the winning team was asked “Why are YOU so excited?” We won!!!”  “Actually, the star player won with the winning shot, so why are YOU so excited? YOU did not kick the winning shot (or win the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” game).

● My team is victorious therefore I am victorious!

Bible Discovery:

● 1 Samuel 17.

● David is victorious over Goliath therefore all Israel is victorious!

Life Connection:

● Winning Team is Victorious I am Victorious

● David is Victorious Israel is Victorious

● Jesus is Victorious therefore I am Victorious!

 

The Bible says it best:

For our sake, he made him to be sin who knew no sin,
so that
in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (emphasis added)

 

“Then David said to the Philistine,
“You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin,
but
I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts,
the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand,
and I will strike you down and cut off your head.
And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day
to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth,
that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves
not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s
,
and he will give you into our hand.”
1 Samuel 17:45-47 (emphasis added)

 

GameLife 1-2-3 Leader’s Roles & Responsibilities

● Your “Coaches” are your leadership team. We call leaders “coaches” and children “players” creating fun joyful game atmosphere.

● The lessons are simple by design making it very easy to recruit and train youth, teens, and young adults as Coaches.

● GameLife provides all new leaders a non-threatening entry-level leadership-experience.

Important Note: Two Distinct Roles for Helpers

Coaches for Specific Age Groups:

A Coach: The Coach’s primary responsibility is to shepherd (watch over) a specific group of children or youth (infants, boys, girls, youth helpers). Each group becomes that Coach’s “team” for the entire time. Example: Coach Natasha is the coach for the younger girls for the entire time.

● Who should be a Coach? Individuals that have a heart for children: youth, young adults, and local community leaders make great coaches. There is really no training needed for coaches they just need to follow the lesson.

● Coach for Infants

o Oversees the 1 to 3-year-olds.

o Leads fun activities, songs, and games (use simple resources on hand)

● Coach for Boys and Coach for Girls

o Oversees the 4 to 12-year-olds.

o Stays with the same group for the entire time

o Leads their group of children through each activity

o Helps the instructors as needed

● Coach for New Young Leaders

o Oversees the 13-year-olds and older students that are being trained to help lead the weekly discipleship: GameLife 1-2-3

o Connects local new young leaders with the leaders so they can be trained how to lead the weekly discipleship GameLife 1-2-3 Training Sessions.

Instructors for Specific Roles:

An Instructor: The Instructor’s primary responsibility is to instruct (teach) all the children a specific skill (Bible teach, worship, games, other).

Who should be an Instructor? Individuals that are gifted and / or have a passion for a specific skill like worship or Bible-teaching.

● Instructor for Games
[Important: There must be two game leaders: 1. For older players, and 2. For younger players. We do this for safety and for all players to have more fun].

● Instructor for Bible-Teaching

● Instructor for Worship

The GameLife Trainer

One individual needs to serve as the GameLife Trainer. This responsibility of this role is explained on the “GameLife 3x3x3 Scorecard” at the front of this training guide. The GameLife Trainer leads by recruiting, training all leaders, and making sure everything is ready each week.

“Training Champions for Eternity” Principles

To train children to become disciples. The leadership must be moving toward becoming a yielded to Jesus and obedient disciple.  Leadership must hold one another to high expectations and specific accountability.

Training Champions for Eternity is a child friendly way of saying “Making Disciples of All Nations” our goal is fulfilling the commandment given by Jesus in the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20. We are not “entertaining” children or just keeping children busy. We are training Champions for Eternity! To train rather than entertain the church and leaders must hold children to high expectations and specific accountability.

High Expectations and Specific Accountability

GameLife 1-2-3 is a Discovery Bible Method that closely matches the Three Thirds Discovery Bible Method. The two most important parts of this Discovery Bible Method are:

1. High Expectations, and 2. Specific Accountability. It is like a mutual coaching relationship where an inspiring goal is set and then intentional steps are taken to reach that goal. The Bible refers to this relationship as “iron sharpening iron.”

High Expectations / Inspiring Goal: God’s Will Be Done

Disciples must encourage one another to live out the “Four Fields” in their personal life and ministry life:

1. Pray: Listen to God

2. Evangelism & Missions: Share the Gospel

3. Discipleship: Obey the Commands of Christ

○ Helping children Practice obedience (from a fun young perspective we call this “Act out the truth” a fun “drama” of what obedience might look like at their age).

4. Leadership Multiplication: Train others in prayer, evangelism, and discipleship and leadership multiplication.

○ Gather together to lift one another up and encourage one another, especially in times of hardship or persecution: Remember, a normal part of discipleship includes hardship, persecution, and even losing one’s life (1 Peter 3:14).

○ Community Transformation: Reach all areas of Community Transformation within your community.  1. Church, 2. Family, 3. Education, 4. Media, 5. Public Service, 6. Business, 7. Arts & Athletics.

Specific Accountability / Intentional Steps: Obedience for this day

Disciples must hold one another accountable and ask:

1. Obey:

● Are you deeply abiding in Christ so that you yield to Jesus moment by moment and obey the Commands of Christ?

2. Share:

● Are you sharing the Gospel and biblical truths with family and friends?

Helping children with accountability (from a fun young perspective we call this “Celebration Stories” “Obedience Stories” “Sharing Stories”). Obedience to God’s word learned last gathering. Sharing God’s truth with others and sharing the Gospel.

Christ Within: I cannot, yet Christ can!

The verse Galatians 2:20 is the heart of all our training and leading.
Weekly, children are taught to yield to Jesus, not their own strength,
not obligation, “I do not want to but I have to obey,”
but Christ living through them as they abide in Christ (John 15),
bearing abundant fruit with great joy, “I want to obey God!”

Leading 1 Game Experience

This section goes step-by-step through a GameLife 1-2-3 training session (game experience). See a GameLife 1-2-3 lesson at the end of this document as you read through these steps and principles for training children.

Care

● Ask the children about their week as they arrive:

Welcome children by name and ask, “What was the highlight of your week?” Asking for their “highlight” allows for praise, prayer, and care.

● Memorize Children’s Names:

One of the best ways to show children you care about them is to memorize their names. Memorize the name of each child in your group as children love to hear their name and a sincere compliment.

● Group Control in the Game:

Quickly share the game instructions and begin playing. This is a time to play and have fun with the children. The tips below will help you and your team maintain good group control.

Divide and Control

Important: Separate ages into four groups: 3 and under (move to side with helper), 4-7 years (younger group), 8-12 years (older group), 13 and up (leader’s helpers).

If you have 100 children divide and control. It is very easily if you have helpers divide in 4 groups of 25 and easily control the children. If you do not have 4 adults, quickly recruit additional “coaches” by recruiting young adults or the most mature and oldest of the children you have on hand. We call our helpers “coaches.”

Divide into groups quickly, rather than counting all children. Quickly move to the first cluster of about 25 and say, “You are with Coach Jose” and quickly repeat.

Guideline: Discipline not Punishment

Punishment is given for past behavior, creating an “us vs. them” mindset. Discipline focuses on future obedience, creating a “we are in this together” mindset. After clearly explaining the rules, share that if they disobey, you will have no other choice but to discipline them to help them mature and become a Champion for Eternity!

Important: A leader can be both an authority figure and a friend at the same time. If a leader is not passing out “Strikes” (see 3-Strike Rule below) the leader is not fulfilling his/her role as a leader, obviously not harsh, but leaders need to retain good positive control with large groups of children. Explain all the rules below the very first time with the children as soon as all the children gather. Repeat the rules quickly every week and as needed.

1, 2, Silence

This is a way to quickly get control and silence a group that is noisy. Call out “One” very loud and exaggerate the length of “OOOnnnnnne!” with arms outstretched and one finger up. Then, the leader puts up two of his/her fingers. Players then call back “Two.” Finally, the leader takes both hands across shoulders and moves them out like an umpire calling “safe.” Players are instructed to be totally quiet at the silence sign. Any player talking (or in fun calling out “3”) should be given a “Strike” (see 3-Strike Rule below). Have children sit down or take one knee if you need more control.

3-Strike Rule

If a player disobeys or is disruptive, take these steps in order:

Strike 1: This is just a verbal warning to the player.
Strike 2: If a player continues to disobey or disrupt, he/she is given Strike 2.
At strike 2, the player is moved away from the other players for 2 minutes.
Strike 3: If a player still disobeys or disrupt, he/she will receive Strike 3.

At Strike 3 the player is asked to sit out until they can behave, with the understanding of the importance of listening and respecting their leaders.

Important: Give out at least 10 “Strike 1’s” on the first day.
Children naturally will “push the boundaries” testing the leader’s integrity.
If a leader does not honor the integrity of the rule set,
the leader will hurt the integrity of the Bible Teaching.

Engine and Caboose

When moving children from one location to another location it is important to keep all the children on your team (group) together. Always count the children to make sure you have the same number when you reach your destination. Ask one child to act as the “engine” for your team and explain no child may walk ahead of the engine or they will receive a strike. Ask one child to act as the “caboose” for your team and explain no child may walk behind the caboose or they will receive a strike. Have fun and change the name of the “engine” and “caboose” to a different animal head and tail each week and have children walk like that animal.

“Chocolate-Chip” Principle

Coaches should avoid all gathering together in the same spot. Coaches must spread out and stay close to all Players and maintain control of the Players. (Coaches that clump together are like chocolate chips in a cookie that are not spread out evenly.)

“Integrity in Everything You Say” Principle

If a leader does not honor the integrity of the rule set, the leader will hurt the integrity of the Bible Teaching. Example: If you say you will pass out strikes for misbehavior you must pass.

Leading 2 Bible Discoveries (#1 Bible Discovery is the Gospel)

See one of the GameLife 1-2-3 lessons at the end of this training guide as you read through these steps and principles for training children.

2 Bible Discoveries

● The first Bible history is God’s history or the Gospel.

● The second Bible history is the Bible history or passage for that day.

● Why use the term “history” and not just say story? Children hear stories all the time: “Once upon a time…” or “Spiderman, Spiderman does whatever a spider can…”

● Teach children the difference between a fictional story and true history.

● Fictional Story: not true, fiction, made up.

● History or Bible Story: true, factual, real events recorded in history
Important: This becomes even more important if you are using “StoryLife 1-2-3.” You must clearly define what is a fictional story and what is true history – the Bible.

● Teach and remind the children often the Bible is History. Go to any map of the world and find the nation of Israel. The Bible records the history of the start of the nation Israel and the ongoing history of Israel and its kings.

Discovery 1. God’s History: Creation to Christ Hand Motions

● To share the Gospel with children we:

● Share the Gospel using the Creation to Christ Hand Motions, then

● Train the children how to share the Gospel using the Creation to Christ Hand Motions.

● Why Creation to Christ Hand Motions? Full body experience is fun and easy for children to remember, children have fun trying to memorize the motions, for the children this is a fun challenge, and most important there are no resources required so the children (and everyone else trained) have this tool with them for the rest of their lives!

● Have a different child lead the Creation to Christ (Gospel) presentation each time.

Gospel Instructions: Creation to Christ Hand Motions

Have Players stand up and invite a new Player(s) each week to help share the hand motions as you say the phrases below. To help you remember the flow, just ask yourself, “What happened next?” For example, after a “Perfect World” (“What happened next?”) [Oh, that’s right] “Sin Broke God’s Perfect World”, (“What happened next?”) “The Penalty for Sin is Death” and so on. You will be surprised at how quickly you and the Players remember the hand motions and phrases.

1. In the beginning God created a perfect world.

2. Sin broke God’s perfect world.

3. The penalty for sin is death. (look up “God loves us and sent Jesus”)

4. God’s Son Jesus’ sacrifice paid sin’s penalty.

5. Jesus was the only perfect man.

6. Jesus died.

7. Jesus was buried.

8. Jesus rose from death to life.

9. Because Jesus died for your sins.

10. Jesus now offers you the gift of eternal life.

11. Would you like to receive this gift?

12. With faith ask Jesus to forgive your sins, with faith ask Jesus to be your Savior.
Invite Players to respond in prayer:

“God, thank you for loving me. / I have sinned against you. / I ask forgiveness for my sins. / Thank you for sending Jesus. / I believe Jesus died on a cross to pay for my sins. / I believe that You raised Jesus from the dead. / Jesus be my Savior. / Jesus forgive me and save me from my sins. / I confess Jesus as my Lord. / Jesus be my life. / Thank you for your gift of eternal life. / I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

 13. Go tell everyone this good news!!!

On the mission field we want to multiply, multiply, multiply!
Players love to hear the history of Creation to Christ! They are so excited now! Did you see how they all responded? You probably heard them say things like, “Can I share next time?” “I want to try it.” or “Can I come up and share too?” God has just done an amazing thing in their lives. Watch them spread the Good News!

What could be better than leading a child to Christ?
Training a child to share Christ with their family and friends! Now this gift of new life will be multiplied over and over and over again!

Below are some training tools for teaching and training children how to share the Gospel. This is a powerful tool. 1. To share the Gospel with Children, 2. The tool takes into consideration children’s learning styles: children are concrete thinkers (abstract principles are difficult for children to understand), children see and hear the Gospel, and then children are fully engaged using their entire body as they learn to share the Gospel themselves, and 3. To train children how to personally share the Gospel: NO RESOURCES required.  Simple things multiply.  Children (and adults) will have this tool available with them for their entire life to use at anytime and anywhere.

Video:  #CreationToChristHandMotions

In English

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rONDd-E3e78&t=0s

In Spanish

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE4BF9HSTQ0

Create your language video and upload to YouTube.com and then share with us at Trainer@GameLife123.com


Creation to Christ Hand Motions: Children’s “After” Call

Expressing Our Faith in Christ & Celebrating Our Life in Christ. Here is a great closing celebration! After you share Christ with your Players gather the Players into a tight small circle and have them stretch one hand into the middle and explain that together we are going to express our faith in Christ and Celebrate our Life in Christ! We are going to say “Jesus is my Savior” and we are going to do this in a very special way. With all our hands in the middle we are going to take our hands down almost to the ground while we say loudly yet slowly “J – e – s – u – s —– i – s  then boys and girls we are going to slowly raise our hands together shouting loud enough to make the mountains shake “M – y —– S – a – v – I – o – r !!!” This is a fun celebration that you or your Players will not soon forget. (Saying in their native language).

Prayer Instructions: Lord’s Prayer

Please do not just say the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Each week take one principle and teach the children about the principle of prayer. Example praying for “daily bread” is not just praying about food, it is yes praying for our food, but also our daily needs, the needs the child may have. Teach children God does not always answer, “yes” to our prayers. Even a good parent says “no” to a request for candy before a meal. God always answers prayer, the answer may be “yes,” the answer maybe “no,” or the answer may be “wait.” Teach children God knows what is best for our lives (sad, but it is important to also teach children that sin is in the world and bad things happen that God never designed to be in our world, like people dying from illness).

● Explain principles in the Lord’s Prayer Matthew 6:9-13

 Thank God that we are in His family, Matthew 6:9.

● Honor God’s name in attitude and action (God’s name is now part of our name “Christian”), Matthew 6:10.

 Pray for God’s will, Matthew 6:10.

 Ask God for your daily needs, Matthew 6:11.

 Ask forgiveness and forgive others, Matthew 6:12.

 Seek God’s guidance away from evil, Matthew 6:13.

 Praise God for the eternal kingdom that has all power and all authority. Matthew 6:13.

 Have a different child lead the Lord’s Prayer each week

 

Accountability & Celebration: Share Your “Obey and Share” Stories

This should be a time of celebration and joy that everyone should look forward. Encourage those who share and have the rest of the children praise God for things God is doing, not praising the individual. If you have very large numbers over 75 children, have children turn to the child next to them after hearing the question and tell them the answer. Challenge all children to be ready to share next week.

 Model Accountability: Coaches briefly tell your “obey” and “share” stories.

 Ask: Did anyone share the Creation to Christ Hand Motions with anyone?

● Ask: Can anyone remember and retell the Bible story we heard last week?

● Ask: Raise your hand if you obeyed or put into practice the truth learned and share how.

Leading Bible Discoveries (#2 Bible Discovery is Today’s Passage)

Discovery 2: Today’s Bible Passage

History two is the Bible passage for today’s training session.

Read the Bible Passage

Read the passage from the Bible. If possible, have a Bible and read from the Bible. A Coach or a player with a strong voice can read the passage.

Story Teach the Bible Passage (or have players act out the Bible History)

Teach the Passage with Passion! Remember this biblical truth is the most important truth these children will ever hear. This is God’s Holy Word. Ask God to powerfully speak through you!

Teach the Passage with Enthusiasm! If the passage says someone shouted, then SHOUT! If the passage says someone was afraid, then be afraid. Have fun.

Expect Children to Listen! Remind each child to listen closely reminding them that God wants them to listen and discover the truth to put into practice in their life.

Story Teach is used to summarize the passage by putting the passage into a story format with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Emphasize: Where, Who, and What. (You can also have players act out the Bible History).

1.  Where are the people (in the city, in the villages, in the wilderness, or on the sea) describe the scene.

2.  Who are the people (names, ages, family relationships brother, father, what do we know about them: David was a shepherd).

3.  What Happened? This is the most important part of the StoryTeach! Explain the “Choice” and “Result” as that helps the children discover the “One Main Truth.”

One Main Truth Discovered in the “Choice” and “Result

● Emphasize the choice(s) someone made.

● Emphasize the result of the choice.

● Example: Adam and Eve made a choice to sin, the result was that they were removed from the Garden of Eden. The One Main Truth becomes clear: If I choose to sin, the result will be discipline or punishment.

The One Main Truth is listed three times on every lesson plan.
1. “Discover the Game Truth,”
2. “Discover the Bible Truth,” and
3. “Discover the Life Truth”

Also, the memory verse is a good summary of the One Main Truth.
Leaders need to help children discover, learn, and remember the One Main Truth of the passage.

At the end of each GameLife Training Session,
every child and every leader should walk away knowing the One Main Truth.

●  The One Main Truth was experienced in the Game experience

●  The One Main Truth was taught in the Bible history

●  The One Main Truth was applied in the Life questions

●  The One Main Truth was summarized in the Bible memory verse

 

Memory Verse: Power Words

Explain the meaning of the words and the principle of the verse. Repeat the verse over and over until the children have memorized the verse. Children also need to know the Bible address “Galatians 2:20” so children will be able to find the verse in any Bible. As children are memorizing the verse help them understand the meaning of the verse by asking children to explain what the verse means. Helping children understand as needed.

Leading 3 Life Connections

Look at a sample lesson as you read these steps and principles.

Principles: Asking Questions

Children Grouping: If able, divide into small groups of boys sitting with boys and girls sitting with girls in circles, each circle group with a leader who can ask the life questions. This allows more children to answer questions and more young leaders to gain leadership experience. Try to have the same Coach oversee the same group of Players each week if possible.

Experiential Education: If we only hear a truth, we remember little. If we hear and see a truth, we remember a little more. If we experience a truth, we remember it for life!

Teachable Moment: Experiential-games create a teachable moment, what we like to call the “Aha!” moment. Children experience the truth in the game, then discover the truth in the Bible, and then the “Aha” happens during the life questions as students suddenly realize how the truth relates to their personal life.

Leading Discovery Bible Teaching Times: Please no lectures. Ask questions allowing students to make personal discoveries from the Bible. Allow the children to have an “Aha Moment!”

Ask 3 Questions

1. Game Question: How was the game experience like the Bible history?
Children may need to be reminded of the game discovery.
2. Bible Question: What choice did someone make in the Bible history?
Help children remember the choice and the result of that choice.
3. Life Question: What will happen in your life if you make the same choice?
Help children understand they can expect the same result if they make the same choice.

Become a Question-Asking Expert

● Observation Questions: Concrete: who, what, where, when, why, how?
● Interpretation Questions: What do you think? Why would someone do that? What should he/she have done?● Application Questions: How could someone your age apply this truth? If someone your age in this village obeyed the truth we discovered today, what would that obedience look like?

Discipleship Principles: Inspiring a Movement

Pray that God will use your team to inspire a movement.   We want children to be inspired to Love God and Love their Neighbor. We do not want the children feeling “obligated” or that they “have to do this.” We want children to be excited and wanting to practice and wanting to train to become champions for eternity the same way someone in love with soccer would train for the World Cup!

This last part of the training session is the most important: Pray that God will lock the truth into everyone’s mind, heart, and will:

● Mind: Everyone clearly understood and can retell the memory verse

● Heart: Everyone wants to share this truth with someone else

● Will: Everyone commits to asking God’s help to obey this truth

Remember our Goal and our Prize is Eternity

● What is the “Goal” of our training? (Becoming “Champions for Eternity”)
● How do we become “Champions for Eternity?” Matthew 28:18-20
● Yield to Jesus. Loving God by saying “Not my way first, God’s way always”
● Discover our Purpose. Loving Others by “Treating others with kindness”
● Exercise our Gifts. Becoming a Champion for Eternity by “Obeying and Sharing God’s word”

Therefore:

Let’s Practice Obeying God’s Truth & Sharing God’s Truth

Inspire your Players to want to obey. Remind them God has a calling and a purpose for every life. Ask the question: “What’s Your 77?” Then remind them if you want to be a “Great _______” (use different examples each time. “Parent” or “Athlete” or “Teacher”) for God’s glory, then it is important you obey and share God’s truth.

● How would someone your age obey or put into practice today’s truth?
● Where are you going to tell others and share with them what you learned about today’s truth?
● Practice right now. Have Players act out what obeying this truth would look like.
● (Be creative: Add other reinforcement activities like local crafts, or drawing, or snacks).

As needed remind your players God has a plan and a purpose for each of their lives > Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

To help each child discover their calling, their purpose, and their gifts we ask a fun question: “What’s your 77?” This question helps children begin to ask God how and where God desires for them to be Salt and Light for Jesus.

How will you serve God?  There are 7 Areas of Service:

1. Church
2. Family
3. Education
4. Public Communication
5. Public Service
6. Business
7. Arts & Athletics

Where will you serve God?  There are 7 Regions of the World:

1. Asia
2. Africa
3. Europe
4. Latin America
5. North America
6. Pacifica
7. All Nations and to the ends of the world

Putting the two 7s together creates the 77. Example: If one served Jesus as a Mom in a family (2) in the area of Asia (1), her “77 Code” would be 21.

Community Transformation 77 Activity Each Month

Allow children to experience their area of service. Go visit: 1. A Pastor’s home, 2. A Family, 3. A School, 4. A Newspaper or News Source, 5. A Hospital or Police Station, 6. A Business, 7. An Athletic Team, or Arts Location. Share with the leaders your purpose of the visit and let them know you are praying for them and for their families (invite their children to attend GameLife & Church).

Ask if some of the older children, teens, and youth could volunteer as helpers in one of the 7 areas of community transformation.

Let’s All Ask God for Courage to Obey and Share the Truth

Remind the Players that to follow Jesus we must listen and obey when God speaks. Ask the Players to be quiet and listen for God speaking to your heart while they pray out loud.

Prayer of Commitment: The Coach then says, “Pray out loud and repeat with me:

Pray out loud, in small phrases allowing the children to pray out loud repeating the prayer, pause at times in the prayer allowing God to speak to everyone’s heart.

Worship: Dynamic Worship with Strong & Powerful Hand Motions

Allow children to pick and sing their favorite songs that genuinely honor God.

Worship often becomes the children’s favorite part of the entire GameLife Training Session.

Develop strong and powerful worship motions to go along with the worship songs.

Important:

Keep the question “What’s Your 77? in mind as you lead GameLife 1-2-3 and as you train other GameLife 1-2-3 trainers.

What’s Your 77?

● This question is a more powerful way of asking a child “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

● Or, asking an adult “How is God calling you to be Salt & Light for Jesus?

To help each child (and adults) discover their calling, their purpose, and their gifts we ask a fun question: “What’s your 77?” This question helps children (and adults) begin to ask God how and where God desires for them to be Salt and Light for Jesus.

Please Join Us in Praying that Jesus be lifted up “77
In all 7 Areas of Service/Society
In all 7 Regions of the World

The 7 Areas of Service expand out from one’s personal life.

Study the chart below and then look at the countries of the world. (Not pictured)

There is no “perfect person” there is no “perfect country,”
yet as individuals yield to Jesus and joyfully obey God’s commands,
the Salt & Light of Jesus can have an impact on families, communities, cities, and even entire nations!

 

Training Session Four 
Start a Disciple Making Movement to Help Reach Two Billion Children: Start a Movement “New Disciples / New Churches”

Session Four Overview: 1. Experience: Heart / 2. Discovery: Study Points / 3. Connection: Practice to Teach Others

1. Experience: Heart

● Prayer of Yielding My Will “Whatever It Takes”

● Question: What are the qualifications to teach the Bible or disciple an individual or plant a new church?

● Memorize the Parable: “Mustard Seed & Leaven”

● Memorize the Stories: “Long Stairway” and “Rescue Centers”

● Verse & Truth

● God bears the fruit through a yielded to Jesus life.  God rewards faithfulness over a little.

● Matthew 25:21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”

2. Discovery: Study Points

● GameLife 1-2-3 How to Use to Make Disciples, Plant Churches, and Launch Movements

● Mustard Seed: Movements for “smaller people” (children) see www.GameLife123.com

● Leaven: Movements for “taller people” (adults) see www.ZumeProject.com

● GameLife 1-2-3 Certification

● “Long Stairway” The 1st Next Step is always Fast & Pray

● “Rescue Centers” Remember to Keep it Simple: Save the Lost and Train New Workers

3. Connection: Practice to Teach Others

● Tools Needed

o Prayer Journal: Fast & Pray asking God to show you the empty fields that need a Mango Tree

o Calendar:

■ Weekly Calendar: My Church times, Neighbor’s Church times –help with the “training cycle” at your neighbor’s church to grow their own GameLife 1-2-3 Training Center,  and New Church times (Fast & Pray Mondays)

■ Year Calendar:  Easter Outreach, School Break Outreach, Christmas Outreach (Ideal Times for training and outreaches: often we focus on our own church “My Church” at this time, but this is the best time to focus on the “New Church” empty field).

o GameLife 1-2-3 Lesson Plans: Website: www.GameLife123.com / Free lessons online on Facebook simply type into the search bar:  #GameLife123, and by email Trainer@GameLife123.com

● Faith and Obedience Challenge

o First Next Step:

Fast & Pray Seeking God’s Calling

   ● Where is God calling you to serve? See the 5 Levels of Disciple Making / Church Planting.

      ● Sower, Grower, Fruit Multiplier, Orchard Overseer, Forest Evangelist

   ● Who is God calling you to serve?

      ● Smaller People (Children) see GameLife123.com

      ● Taller People (Adults) see ZumeProject.com

● Prayer of Commitment

Memorize the Parable: “Mustard Seed & Leaven”

The Mustard Seed and the Leaven are two direct parables from Jesus

Matthew 13:31-33 ~ He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”

Read this from The Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25:21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ “

Parable: Mustard Seed & Leaven & Faithful Over Little, I will Set You Over Much

● Consider the two separate parables…

The Bible says it best:

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.
You have been faithful over a little;
I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”
Matthew 25:21

 

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”
Matthew 13:31-32

 

33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.”
Matthew 13:33

 

“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

GameLife 1-2-3 Trainer Certification

Why GameLife 1-2-3 Certification?

Each trainer has a specific mix of spiritual gift(s) and a personal calling from God.  The certification process helps the trainers discover their calling and their best role to serve within the Body of Christ as we all are seeking to help fulfill Christ’s Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20.

Level 1: “Sower”

o Fasts & prays and shares the vision of reaching 2,000,000,000 children annually. “Shares Christ and the Great Commission with Everyone”

o Fruitfully passed Step 1 in the GameLife 1-2-3 Training.

Level 2: “Grower”

o Fasts & prays and reaches children for Christ through their local church “My Church”

o Fruitfully passed Step 2 in the GameLife 1-2-3 Training.

Level 3: “Fruit Multiplier”

o   Fasts & prays and trains children’s workers at other churches “Neighbor’s Church”

o  Fruitfully passed Step 3 in the GameLife 1-2-3 Training.

Level 4: “Orchard Overseer”

o  Fasts & prays, trains children’s workers, and is beginning to launch church planting / disciple making movements “New Church”

o  Fruitfully passed Step 4 in the GameLife 1-2-3 Training.

Level 5: “Forest Evangelist”

o  Fasts & prays, trains children’s workers at other churches, has launched church planting / disciple making movements, and is now called to intentionally “forest” orchards into unreached geographic areas / people groups. “Regional Movements”

o  Fruitfully passed all four steps in the GameLife 1-2-3 Training and has been called to “forest” orchards into unreached geographic areas / people groups.

The Bible says it best:

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, 
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:10

 

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, 
to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”
Ephesians 4:11-13

 

Memorize the Story: “Long Stairway”

● Once there was a long winding stairway and a young traveler looked at all the steps and becoming discouraged began to walk away.  A wise mature traveler seeing this asked “Why are you so discouraged there is a beautiful view at the end of the stairway.” “No, I cannot see beyond the first high step and with all the turns I cannot see the final destination.”

● Older wise traveler shared “That is the joy of the journey you know each step you are closer to the destination and every day brings something new that you were not expecting.  Each day you must take the “1st Next Step” in front of you.  It will require faith and obedience.  But it is only as you take that “1st Next Step” that you are at a new level and at a new height to be able to see the next step.”

● The young traveler with renewed enthusiasm turned again toward the stairway and began to take the “1st Next Step.”

Story: Stairway / Take a Step of Faith and Obey the “1st Next Step”

● God will reveal your “1st Next Step” but often it is only that single step, as you trust God and take that step of faith and obey then God will reveal the new “1st Next Step.”

● Daily ask, “Lord please show me my “1st Next Step”

The Bible says it best:

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.
You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”
Matthew 25:21

“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

 

1st Next Step: Fast and Pray

Fast & Pray is always the “1st Next Step.”

Read Isaiah 58 for the type of fast that God desires.  Fast & Pray and ask God to show you the “1st Next Step” of obedience.  As you yield to Jesus (Romans 12:1, John 15:5, Galatians 2:20) and take that “1st Next Step” of obedience God will then begin to show you your next step.

Often God only reveals one step at a time.

Fast & Pray and ask God to show to you your “1st Next Step.”

1st Next Step Opportunities:

● Email Trainer@GameLife123.com to become a certified GameLife 1-2-3 trainer

● Email Trainer@GameLife123.com ask for Bible Overview in 21 Visuals

● Search Facebook Groups for #GameLife123 “Any” Language  

● Share www.GameLife123.com with your ministry friends and missionary friends

● Start GameLife 1-2-3 at your church or in your community

● Lead a GameLife 1-2-3 Outreach

● Host a GameLife 1-2-3 Camp (Email www.Trainer@GameLife123.com ask for FREE five-day camp).

● Help others answer the question “What’s Your 77?

● Add more Children’s Ministry Tools to your ministry toolbox

● Share with friends in the large churches with lots of resources GameLife77.com

● Explore Disciple Making for “taller people” (adults) ZumeProject.com
 

 

Memorize the True Story: “Rescue Centers”

● This is a true historical event.  On a large sea coast, many people lost their lives as ships crashed along the rocky shores.  Caring citizens built rescue stations and trained volunteers how to row boats out to rescue the drowning people.  They even put up bright lights to warn ships of the dangerous rocks.

● Over time the citizens began to make the rescue stations more comfortable by adding chairs and tables and refreshments.  Soon there was no room for the boats, no time to rescue the lost and no time for training the workers.

● Ships continued to crash on the rocky shores and lives were lost at sea while the once “rescue center” had now turned into a “lighthouse club” for the citizens enjoyment.

Story: Rescue Centers / Training Centers

● This often happens to churches. Once focused on saving lives and training believers to use their gifts many churches have become inward focused (trying to please their members) rather than focusing on the simple commands:
● Love God
● Love Others
● Make Disciples

Warning: This can happen very quickly in a long running ministry for children. The focus can drift to entertainment or just fun or the “latest attraction.”  GameLife Training Centers focus on two main areas at all times:
1. Rescuing the Spiritual Lost: Evangelism Outreaches (at least 3 times a year).
   2. Training the Christian Workers: Disciple Making.  Every week teaching God’s word and Training Champions for Eternity!

The Bible says it best:

14“But as for you, continue in what you have learned
and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it
15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings
,
which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof,  for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:14-17 (emphasis added)

 

“Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it
.”
Proverbs 22:6 (emphasis added)

 

“You shall teach them diligently to your children,
and shall talk of them when you sit in your house,
and when you walk by the way,
and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 6:7 (emphasis added)

 

DO NOT READ unless you are an “Education-Fan” (like a Sport-Fan)

For those that want to peel back the layers and see the Theological, Educational, and Missiological foundations of GameLife.  Our passion is to teach children in the way God created his children to learn.  We want to teach like Jesus, …what shall I compare the Kingdom of God?  A farmer scattered seed…  We teach using child friendly language, child appropriate learning domains, and at a child’s cognitive stage of development.

● Jesus started with the known (farmer) // and He moved to the unknown (Kingdom)

● We start with a known (concrete experience) // and we move to the unknown (Kingdom)

● GameLife: known (Coach sacrifices for players) // moving to unknown (Jesus sacrifices for us)

Theological Foundation:

We have fun playing experiential-games, but we are very serious about teaching God’s word with integrity to its intended purpose and accurate to its historical context.

Bible Discovery

   ● Three-Thirds for Adults: 1. Look Back / 2. Look Up / 3. Look Forward

   ● GameLife for Children: 1. Game Experience / 2. Bible Discoveries / 3. Life Connections.

Educational Foundation:

Area

Bible Truth

Supports

Outcome

Mentally

Engaged

Auditory

Hear

Visual

See

Kinesthetic

Active

Group

Size

 

1. Game 

Experience

X

X

X

X

X

Large

 

2. Bible

Discoveries

X

X

X

X

X

Large

3. Life

Connections

X

X

X

X

X

Small

GameLife does not focus on “games.”  GameLife focuses on “experiences” that parallel biblical truth

GameLife is “Experiential Education” that means GameLife can be used with:

● Story Experiences
● Art & Craft Experiences
● Worship Experiences
● Media Experiences
● _______________ Experiences (fill in the blank.  Yes, any experience)

All these experiential-expressions allow GameLife to be easily adapted to every cultural context

Legal: If one cannot play games openly for fear of persecution, simply substitute out the “game” and replace with arts or crafts indoors in a private setting.

Space or Weather: If one cannot play games outside due to space restrictions or weather, simple substitute out the “game” and replace with engaging stories or even media.

If any “experience” will work, why games?
After literally decades of field-testing in almost every country (“Kids Games” camp ministry) we found “games” are the most “universal experience” for every child of all cultures.

Missiological Foundation:

We use zero resources for rapid multiplication.  Zero means zero: no balls, no markers, no paper, and no props.  Obviously, nationals can use whatever resources they have available.

Biblical, Simple, Scalable, Highly Reproducible, and Very Easy to Remember:
   ● GameLife 1-2-3 If you can remember the name you’ve just been trained!
GameLife 1-2-3 1 Game Experience, 2 Bible Discoveries, 3 Life Connections
Sustainable Multiplying Movements:
If the “game experience” is fun the children will come every week!
● Consider would you rather enjoy a learning experience or be bored during a learning experience?
● God created his children to enjoy play. God has revealed a way to use play for a higher purpose.

The”GameLife 1-2-3 Training Guide” above is also available in a single document by email.  In email subject line type in “Please Send GameLife 1-2-3 Training Guide” and send to Trainer@GameLife123.com

... 2,000,000,000 Children are waiting ... possibly one of those children is waiting for YOU ...

Please join believers around the world setting aside every Monday as a day to fast & pray asking God to raise up more laborers to reach two billion children. We have all heard Jesus' "Great Command" yet many do not know the quoted text is from Deuteronomy 6. Read verses 5-7 "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise."