Who is Barefoot Ministries?
Barefoot Ministries is a publishing company based in Kansas City, MO. We provide resources to equip both youth and youth workers for personal growth and ministry. Barefootministries.com is the primary avenue through which we provide resources to youth workers. Our print products--books, Sunday School curriculum, youth Bible quizzing resources, and Credo Magazine--are mainly geared toward the spiritual development of youth.
What is Barefoot Ministries Statement of Belief?
These are the beliefs we hold to be true. They are common to Christians world-wide:
- We believe in one God--the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.
- We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, but through the blood of Christ can be redeemed to live a life of holiness.
- We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
- We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race and that whoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
- We believe that believers are called to a deeper surrender to God's will such that they give complete control of their lives to Him, resulting in a fully consecrated existence in Christ.
- We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth and to the fully consecrated lives of believers.
- We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.
What is Faith and Film?
Faith and Film is a small-group study of biblical values that uses popular movies as the backdrop for digging into God's Word. Each unit studies one particular movie, pulling various clips from the movie as the basis for discussion. Each lesson is designed to be precise enough in instruction but simple enough in content that any volunteer or lay youth worker can conduct/teach them.
What is the Lectionary?
The Lectionary is a collection of Bible passages used in public or private worship, and as the basis for preaching and lessons. For part of the year, they follow the themes according to the Christian calendar seasons (Advent, Lent, Easter, etc.) Four passages are given for each week. They usually follow this pattern:
- Old Testament Reading
- A Psalm
- Gospel Reading
- Epistle Reading
The readings follow a three-year cycle, which covers all of the major stories, and most of the books of the Bible.
The benefits of using the Lectionary include:
- A broad foundation of Scripture allows teaching to take place from the whole of Scripture.
- Possibility for integration of the whole church--in other words, the preacher and the youth lesson can follow the same Bible passages. (This can also be said for different churches in the same community).
- Connection to the themes and seasons of the Christian calendar.
Our lesson track follows the Revised Common Lectionary, Sunday readings. Even though the readings are scheduled for a given Sunday according to the Lectionary, they can be used either on Sunday, or in youth meetings scheduled any time during the week leading up to that Sunday.