Jesse Florea

Clubhouse Jr. and Clubhouse Magazines

Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine helps children between the ages of 3 and 7 develop a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. In each of its
12 monthly issues, readers encounter creatively told Bible stories, character-building fiction, nature articles from a Christian worldview, clever poetry,
interactive activities, developmental puzzles, specifically themed readercontributions, and funny jokes and cartoons.

• Bible stories for 3- to 7-year-olds. Stories should be storybook form, broken into four 75-to-100-word pieces, with a 50-word sidebar that explains the theme and
encourages kids to live out their faith. Stories shouldn’t be what kids have heard in Sunday school. Instead they are told from a different perspective (i.e. grasshoppers on backpacks telling story of Gideon’s victory in battle). (400 words or less).
• Rebus stories for same age group with solid takeaway (200 words or less).
• Personality stories of ordinary child (9 years or younger) doing something extra ordinary with faith angle (400 words or less).
• Fiction—900 words or less—generally fits theme of specific month.

Email Kate Jameson for themes list: [email protected]

Could be historic, animal, modern-day, sci-fi, choose-your-own-adventure.

Stories where parents or grandparents solve all the problems. Let the children think, wrestle and overcome their
conflicts. Puzzles.

Focus on the Family Clubhouse magazine exists to guide children between the ages of 8 and 12 into a thriving relationship with Jesus Christ. As Focus on
the Family’s longest-running children’s ministry, Clubhouse publishes fiction, quizzes, devotional, personality and other stories that entertain and equip
children to stand strong in their faith.

• Biblical archeology or apologetics stories for 8- to 12-year olds (1,000 words or less) for Truth Pursuer section of magazine. Stories must be insightful, fun
writing. Needs to take a heady subject and make it kid-like and engaging.
• Personality stories of kids 13 or younger with faith angle (900 words or less). Again, ordinary kids doing something extraordinary.
• Crafts or recipes geared toward holidays or specific times of year.
• Quizzes (400 or 800 words). Could be multiple choice, True or False, arrow quiz. Use humor to engage and make your point.

Modern-day fiction set in the suburbs. We have a long-standing stable of fiction writers, but if you have a story that will blow me out of the water, I want to see. Fiction is the most difficult place to break into Clubhouse.

About Jesse:

Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for more than 26 years. Currently, he oversees Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines. He also co-hosts the biweekly “Official Adventures in Odyssey” podcast that often exceeds 1 million listeners and the weekly “Official Average Boy” podcast. He has written or co-written more than 40 books (including the Defend Your Faith apologetics Bible for kids, The Case for Miracles for Kids, The Case for Grace for Kids, Guy Talk/Girl Talk: Devotions for Teens, and numerous Christian sports biographies). He lives with his wife, Stephanie, in Colorado Springs, and enjoys hanging out with his two adult children, their spouses and his two grandchildren.


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