Faith Formation with Children
Children's faith formation addresses the unique life tasks, needs, interests, and spiritual journeys of children and their families. The eight faith forming processes provide the framework for life stage faith formation, in addition to life issues appropriate to that stage of life and missional initiatives to engage the spiritual but not religious and the unaffiliated and uninterested. The eight processes include:
Principles & Practices
Becoming a Child, Becoming Christian - Karen-Marie Yust
Karen-Marie Yust presents an understanding of the developmental capabilities of children at different ages, the social contexts in which they are growing up, and the kinds of spiritual and ministry practices that contribute to faith formation.
Faith and Faith Formation: More Than Just Ages and Stages - Robert J. Keeley
Robert Keeley presents a synthesis of James Fowler’s stages of faith and their application to the faith formation of children and adults.
Jesus’ Prophetic Reach: Drawing Children to the Center of Congregational Life - Tim Coltvet
Jesus broke with the expectations of his day by inviting children into his ministry and mission—indeed, into the kingdom of God. Churches today must do the same, celebrating and including children rather than relegating them to the fringes of their worship.
Where Are the Children? - David Csinos, Daniel Jennings, Brian McClaren, and Karen Marie Yust
This article explores presents practices and approaches to ministry that the authors believe are foundational in nurturing the spirituality of children in churches. They invite us into conversation how how we all carry the call to pass on the way of Jesus to future generations.