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Before the Lord, Before the Church

‘how-to’ plan a child dedication service

By Jared Kennedy with Megan Kennedy

We know children are a blessing from the Lord. But is child dedication?

Is child dedication just a sentimental moment to celebrate family with oohs and awes over the babies? Or is it a solemn moment before God and a covenanting one before the local church?

Kennedy explains a philosophy of child dedication with poignant “How-To” plan for living out a powerful witness to Christ for one another and before the watching world. Whether you are rescuing various forms of child dedication from sentimentalism or perhaps sacrament, this book will guide you to faithful and fruitful ministry honoring God for the gift of children while blessing your church.


About the Author

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JARED KENNEDY is the pastor of families at Sojourn Community Church — Midtown in Louisville, Kentucky, where he lives with his wife Megan and three daughters. He holds a Th. M. and M. Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has over a decade of experience leading family ministry. He is the author of The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible. Jared tweets at @JaredSKennedy and blogs at


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