Mimi Larson & Robert Keeley: Bridging Theory and Practice in Children’s Spirituality

New Directions for Education, Ministry, and Discipleship (Zondervan)

Bridging Theory and Practice in Children’s Spirituality: New Directions for Education, Ministry, and Discipleship
(Zondervan, 2020)

WHO: Mimi Larson, visiting assistant professor of Christian formation and ministry at Wheaton College and children’s ministry catalyzer for Faith Formation Ministries in the Christian Reformed Church North America, and Robert Keeley, professor of education at Calvin University.

THEY SAY: “It is vitally important that ministry leaders and academic institutions make children’s spirituality a priority, seeing childhood as a significant sphere for spiritual growth.”

THE BIG IDEA: This collection of conversations and presentations from the 2018 Children’s Spirituality Summit addresses where the field of children’s spirituality is going and where it should be going.

THE PROGRESSION:
Both practical and theoretical, this book is divided into five sections: “Foundations for Engaging Children’s Spirituality,” “Environments That Shape a Child’s Spirituality,” “The Importance of Story in a Child’s Spirituality,” “Nurturing Children’s Spirituality Through Different Methods” and “The Future of Children’s Spirituality.”

“We need to invest in those who work with children, educating and equipping them well to engage in children’s spirituality.”

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