Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus

Children's Ministry in the Way of Jesus

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Attract kids to church, the logic often goes, and you get parents in the pews. All that's left, then, is to get the kids out of the way. Here children's ministers David Csinos and Ivy Beckwith draw on research in human development and spiritual formation to show how children become disciples and churches become centers of lifelong discipleship.
For too long, the local church has focused primarily on programs for children rather than ways of doing ministry with children. But in light of emerging missional movements, the church is changing and forming a new kind of ecclesial culture. And children's ministry must follow suit. Csinos and Beckwith propose a new way of thinking for these modern churches-they suggest that children can contribute to our theological understandings, as well as invest in and practice Biblical justice just like adult church members. Here is a unique resource that explores children's ministry in light of true spiritual formation and discipleship.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 290g
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0830841083
  • 9780830841080
  • 156,925

Table of contents

Foreword by John H. Westerhoff III


Introduction: Doing Children?s Ministry Differently

1 The Task of Children?s Ministry

2 Authentic Spirituality

3 Formational Discipleship

4 Vibrant Theologies

5 Living Stories

6 Honest Questions

7 Meaningful Participation

8 Radical Hospitality

9 Intergenerational Community

10 Transformative Justice

11 Holistic Lives

12 The End of Children?s Ministry

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Review quote

"The book's practical chapters make many good points. I don't think there is a Sunday school teacher alive who isn't teaching with the hope of making lifelong disciples. Some of Csinos' and Beckwith's ideas would certainly help." -- Violet Nesdoly, Faith Today, November/December 2013
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About David M. Csinos

David M. Csinos ( is founder and president of Faith Forward, an organization for innovation in ministry with children and youth. He is the author of Children's Ministry That Fits and editor (with Melvin Bray) of Faith Forward.
Ivy Beckwith (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is director of educational ministries at Rutgers Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. She is the author of Postmodern Children's Ministry, The Ultimate Survival Guide for Children's Ministry Workers and Formational Children's Ministry.
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