Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation

Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation

By Michael J. Anthony (Editor); Scottie May (Contribution by); Gregory C. Carlson (Contribution by)

B&H Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780805441864, 304pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2007


Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation "presents in counterpoint form four views of children's spiritual formation and four related methods of Christian Education. Each chapter is written by a prominent person(s) representing his or her view. Contributors also respond to the other viewpoints. Views include the contemplative-reflective model (cultivating a quiet, worshipful spirit), instructional-analytic model (involving child evangelism and Bible memorization), pragmatic participatory model (focusing on high-energy activities, often seen in mega-churches), and the media-driven active-engagement model (using a video-based curriculum with limited teacher training).

About the Author
Michael J. Anthony is associate provost and professor of Christian education at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He holds doctoral degrees in both educational administration and developmental psychology.

Vivian Houk, an advocate for the value of the spirituality of the child, is a parent, grandparent, educator, and former pastor of children and young families. Her master's thesis was about the spiritual development of the young child. She was part of a writing team that wrote and published Worship Words for Children, a resource for churches and schools. She resides with her husband in Minnesota as quietly and simply as possible and dabbles in art projects when her spirit needs refreshment.

GREGORY C. CARLSON, PhD, is the director of global training, Awana and director of the Rorheim Institute for the Awana Adult Discipleship Training Network. Carlson is also founder and associate instructor of Teaching Like the Master and is a trainer in conjunction with Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. The former Grace University professor is the author of "Shepherding Parents "and contributing author to several books. He and his wife, Donna, live in Illinois.