Children’s ministry

Essential books

Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey, by Catherine Stonehouse and Scottie May. After listening for more than a decade to children and childhood experiences, the authors introduce readers to a variety of children's ideas about God and faith. They then interpret their research findings via the lens of evangelical theology and human development theories and suggest strategies for congregational life and ministries.

Enduring Connections: Creating a Preschool and Children's Ministry, by Janice Haywood. The author begins by debunking several myths about children's ministries and then describes how a congregation can effectively develop programs for preschool and grade-school children. Chapters are organized topically so the reader can select the information most pertinent at a given time. Appendices provide sample surveys, job descriptions and age-graded learning goals.


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