A much-needed call to make children central to the church's ministry and mission. Using information based on years of trial and error, these professionals lay a biblical foundation, develop content and context for faith formation, and offer solid practical advice for welcoming kids into the people of God. 312 pages, softcover. Eerdmans.
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.
Scottie May is Associate Professor of Christian Formationand Ministry at Wheaton College.
Beth Posterski is professor emeritus of Christian educationat Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto,Ontario.
Catherine Stonehouse is Orlean Bullard Beeson Professor ofChristian Education at Asbury Theological Seminary,Wilmore, Kentucky.
Linda Cannell is Lois W. Bennett Distinguished Professor ofEducational Ministries at Gordon-Conwell TheologicalSeminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts.