Dick Gruber, D.Min.

Dick Gruber, D.Min.

Phoenixville, PA / University of Valley Forge

Dr. Gruber is an ordained Assemblies of God children’s minister. Since 1975, Dick has served as a husband, then daddy, volunteer, paid pastor, camp speaker, and children’s ministry specialist. He is currently the Professor of Children and Family Studies at University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He has authored three children’s ministries books: Children’s Church: Turning Your Circus into a Service, Cultivating a Cutting-Edge Children’s Church, and Focus on Children. He is the creator of Sam Saint Super Sleuth and other costume characters.

Over two hundred of Dick’s articles have appeared in children’s ministries publications worldwide. Dr. Gruber has an intense burden for winning boys and girls to Jesus that is tempered by a practical humorous approach to this ministry. He and his wife, Darlene, have ministered to children and children’s workers in conferences, camps, and seminars across America and on four continents. Dr. Gruber has recently been chosen as one of Group Publishing’s Top Twenty most influential and impacting voices in children’s ministries today.


A JBQ Winning Attitude

Whether your quizzers are on the winning team, or the team that came up just a little short, it’s your job as a parent or coach to make sure they react the right way. Here are three keys to making sure your quizzers are prepared to handle the joy of victory and the agony of defeat.

Keeping JBQ Practice Fun and Engaging

Each year we start off our JBQ season reminding parents of our number-one goal for their children: We want them to have fun! Some may say this goal is not appropriate. It could be said a better goal would be for kids to have God’s Word hidden in their hearts or to have a team do well in competition. I contend, though, that if kids are having fun, both things will happen naturally.

Outreach Assimilation

As summertime approaches, you are probably planning your summer outreaches and ministry events. Summer can be very busy in the kidmin world, so it’s important for us to have an attack plan before June 1st rolls around. As vital as the event itself is to plan, it is equally crucial to have a plan of attack to get all those kids to come back to church on the weekends.

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