"Children Matter" provides students, pastors, and lay leaders in the church with understanding of childrenbs spirituality, their place in the faith community, and how that community can effectively nurture its youngest members. Building on biblical and theological foundations, the book...
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"Children Matter" provides students, pastors, and lay leaders in the church with understanding of childrenbs spirituality, their place in the faith community, and how that community can effectively nurture its youngest members. Building on biblical and theological foundations, the book focuses on practices in the contemporary Christian church that provide a healthy environment for children; practices that lead the church to truly be the people of God with children as valued participants in its life.
Children today are no longer expected to be "seen and not heard," yet in many churches children are involved only in programs specifically designated for them. "Children Matter offers a full discussion of children's spirituality and shows how the faith community can better nurture its youngest members.Speaking from their experience with children's ministry in a range of Protestant traditions, the authors draw on the Bible, history, and psychology to lay good foundations for such ministry. Discussing the specific content and contexts of faith formation, they also offer wise and practical advice on putting together effective ministries. Rather than focusing on innovative ways to use technology, "Children Matter emphasizes relationships between people and encourages the church to welcome "all children as valued participants in the people of God.
Children today are no longer expected to be "seen and not heard," yet in many churches children are involved only in programs specifically designated for them.
Linda Cannell is Lois W. Bennett Distinguished Professor ofEducational Ministries at Gordon-Conwell TheologicalSeminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
Dr. Beth Posterski, a professor of Christian Education at Tyndale University College in Ontario, Canada since 1985, is now professor emeritus. The focus of her teaching, writing and speaking continues to be early childhood education and the faith formation of children. Before her tenure at Tyndale, she taught in public schools in both Canada and the U.S. Her commitment to Christian education has been practically expressed in a variety of roles in her church. She is married to Don Posterski and the mother of two grown bchildrenb. Her four grandchildren add to her stories and delight. A
Catherine Stonehouse (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Orlean Bullard Beeson Professor of Christian Education at Asbury Theological Seminary. She is the author of Patterns in Moral Development and has had extensive experience directing Christian education at both the local and denominational levels.
Scottie May is an experienced church educator, editor and developer of materials for childrenbs ministries, and a writer of curriculum and articles dealing with Christian Education issues. Currently she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Christian formation and Ministry at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. She has also taught courses for Trinity University, Deerfield, Illinois, Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and North Park Seminary, Chicago. She has a PhD in education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
- Introduction: The Story Of A Book Part I: Foundations Matter Metaphors Shape Ministry Children In The Bible Theology And Children The Child's Development Historical Roots Of Ministry With Children Part Ii: Context And Content Matter Children In Context Children In The Faith Community Children In The Family Children And Story Children And Curriculum Part Iii: How We Do It Matters In Worship In Learning And Teaching In Specialized Ministries All Children Matter In Leadership A Postlude -- Our Prayer Bibliography Index Of Names And Subjects Index Of Scripture References