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Resources for ministry to children and teenagers.
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Approaches and Programs

  • Pretending the Bible
    A 2012 article by Suzanne Guthrie from the Christian Century that describes an imaginative approach to learning stories from the Bible.
  • Godly Play
    Godly Play focuses on children's experience of God while providing children with Christian language to understand and interpret that experience.
  • The Way of the Child
    A curriculum focused on the development of spiritual disciplines for children. This resource is offered by Upper Room Ministries and is designed to be appropriate for churches of any denomination.

Talking to Children

  • How to Listen So Kids Will Talk and Talk So Kids Will Listen
    This classic work (now published for 30 years) helps parents, teachers, and other caregivers develop a listening ear that encourages kids to talk about the things that are most important to them.
  • Up Goer Five Text Editor
    This is a toy, but it has a purpose. Sometimes we use more complicated words than we really need. This simple text editor limits you to the 1000 most common words in the English language. It's a fun tool for determining whether your message translates without unnecessary complexity.

Partnering with Parents

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How to Listen So Parents Will Talk and Talk So Parents Will Listen - John Sommers-Flanagan; Rita Sommers-Flanagan; John Sommers-Flanagan; Rita Sommers-Flanagan
Call Number: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9781118068014
Publication Date: 2011-05-25
This book focuses on helping all counselors develop effective relationships with parents so that the family issues for which parents often seek help can be addressed.


Resources for Children's Ministry

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Formational Children's Ministry: Shaping Children Using Story, Ritual, and Relationship - Ivy Beckwith
Call Number: THEOLOGY STACKS: BV639 .C4 B37 2010
ISBN: 9780801071874
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
Following up on her 2004 book, Postmodern Children's Ministry (THEOLOGY STACKS: BV639 .C4 B38 2004), this book posits models that use the power of stories, rituals (at church and at home), and relationships to encourage children's spiritual formation rather than focusing on educational content.

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Real Kids, Real Faith - Karen Marie Yust; Eugene C. Roehlkepartain (Foreword by)
Call Number: THEOLOGY STACKS: BV1475.3 .Y87 2004
ISBN: 0787964077
Publication Date: 2004-04-05
Aims to help caregivers nurture the spiritual lives of children through storytelling, learning religious language, cultivating religious silence, exploring children's religious concepts, experiencing community life, and serving others.

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The Religious Potential of the Child - Sofia Cavalletti; Patricia M. Coulter (Translator); Julie M. Coulter (Translator)
Call Number: THEOLOGY STACKS: BV4574 .C3813 1992
ISBN: 0929650670
Publication Date: 1992-07-01
Focuses on creating a place in which young children (ages 3-6) can encounter God. Cavalletti's work on Roman Catholic catechesis for young children, rooted in a Montessori educational method, informed the Godly Play approach to religious education.

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Children's Ministry That Fits - David M. Csinos; Joyce E. Bellous (Foreword by); Brian McLaren (Afterword by)
Call Number: THEOLOGY STACKS: BV639 .C4 C75 2011
ISBN: 9781610971218
Publication Date: 2011-01-14
Discusses four spiritual styles (word, emotion, symbol, and action) that can be used to offer children multiple ways to connect with God and strategies for incorporating these elements into the life of the church.

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Enduring Connections - Janice Haywood
Call Number: THEOLOGY STACKS: BV639 .C4 H35 2006
ISBN: 9780827208216
Publication Date: 2007-06-01
Helps churches think through the steps needed to establish ministries for preschool and elementary-school-aged children. Overall vision, special needs, resources for parents, support for leaders, selecting educational resources, balancing outreach with nurturing families already present, communication, and roles for a children's minister are all considered.

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The Child in the Bible - Marcia J. Bunge (Editor); Terence E. Frentheim (Associate Editor); Beverly Roberts Gaventa (Editor); Terence E. Fretheim
Call Number: THEOLOGY STACKS: BS576 .C45 2008
ISBN: 9780802848352
Publication Date: 2008-08-01
A collection of essays from biblical scholars that examine scriptural passages that 1) speak directly about children, 2) are often quoted in discussions about children, or 3) may at first have nothing to do with children, but may contribute to contemporary discussions about them.

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Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey - Catherine Stonehouse; Scottie May
Call Number: THEOLOGY STACKS: BV639 .C4 S775 2010
ISBN: 9780801032363
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
Describes research with children (pre-school to teenage years) that engaged the approach of Sofia Cavalletti and Jerome Berryman (Godly Play) to present reflective opportunities for children to be with God. Interviews with children shed light on thoughts and experiences of being with God. Topics discussed include children's drawings of God and Jesus, experiences of God in everyday life, experiences of God in worship, the role of the Bible, how children experience and grow in faith over time, the role of compassion and emotional intelligence, and church partnerships with parents. Appendix B provides suggestions for resources to use with children and parents.

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