Children's Ministry That Fits: Beyond One-Size-Fits-All Approaches to Nuturing Children's Spirituality

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Children know God. They encounter God in diverse ways as they walk along the spiritual journey. Amidst this diversity, four distinct avenues for connecting with God emerge in the lives of children: word, emotion, symbol, and action. These are the four spiritual styles, broad approaches to spirituality and faith through which children experience God and make sense of their lives in the world around them. Children's Ministry that Fits blends insightful research, relevant theory, and practical ministry into a ...

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Overview

Children know God. They encounter God in diverse ways as they walk along the spiritual journey. Amidst this diversity, four distinct avenues for connecting with God emerge in the lives of children: word, emotion, symbol, and action. These are the four spiritual styles, broad approaches to spirituality and faith through which children experience God and make sense of their lives in the world around them. Children's Ministry that Fits blends insightful research, relevant theory, and practical ministry into a guidebook for discovering and understanding children's spiritual styles. Drawing from theology, personal experience, and the spiritual lives of children, David M. Csinos offers practical wisdom that will help pastors, parents, and teachers to move beyond one-size-fits-all approaches to children's ministry and begin nurturing the spiritual lives of children in welcoming and inclusive environments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610971218
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 546,637
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Csinos has been involved in ministry with children at congregations in the United States and Canada. He studies practical theology at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Joyce E. Bellous ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Do I Have to Go to the Basement? 1

1 Laying a Solid Foundation: Making Meaning of Childhood, Spirituality, and Christian Faith 7

2 Examining the Diamond: Practices for Hearing Children's Voices 30

3 Four Ways of Knowing God: Explorations into the Spiritual Styles of Children 48

4 Beyond One-Size-Fits-All: Further Explorations into the Spiritual Styles of Children 70

5 Welcome: A Strategy for Including All Children 87

6 Story-Telling, Story-Hearing, Story-Living: A Strategy for Including All Children 108

7 Ministry on the Frontlines: Tactics for Including All Children 123

8 Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Concluding Reflections 145

Afterword Brian D. McLaren 155

Appendix: Practices for Nurturing Children's Spirituality 159

Bibliography 165

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