This book offers a vision of ministry that meets children where they are and gives them the tools to sustain faith into adulthood. Moving away from fun as the goal of children's ministry, Ivy Beckwith examines the culture in which children find themselves and offers ideas that will keep them engaged now while preparing them for what's to come. This is an excellent resource and a must for any children's pastor or worker that wants to reach the next generation. Within these pages, you'll discover ways to: develop family and intergenerational worship, use spiritual disciplines and ancient practices with children, worship effectively with preschoolers, create meaningful service projects for children and families, build positive peer communities, engage children as full participants in community. Plus, you'll travel to places and meet people who are changing children's ministry. Hear stories about what's working, what isn't, what issues are peering over the horizon, and ways to prepare for the future.
This practical, thought-provoking book presents a new paradigm for childrens ministry in the emerging 21ST century and explores how churches are currently putting that vision into practice. Advocating the need to regard children as full participants in their faith communities, the book provides strategies for building intergenerational community where children feel they belong and have the opportunity to serve.
Ivy Beckwith is a graduate of Gordon College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and holds a PhD in education from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Born and raised in new England, Ivy has been children's minister of Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota, since July 2000. Her primary responsibility is preschool and children's education, where her focus is the spiritual formation of Colonial's children and families.
Youll learn that preschoolers can learn to worship, how to develop family and intergenerational worship, and how to include children fully in the church community. This is a great study for church leadership.