Children's Ministry That Fits (Paperback)

By David M. Csinos, Joyce E. Bellous (Foreword by), Brian McLaren (Afterword by)

Wipf & Stock Publishers, 9781610971218, 173pp.

Publication Date: January 14, 2011

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Description

Children know God. They encounter God in diverse ways as they walk along the spiritual journey. Amidst this diversity, four distinct avenues for connecting with God emerge in the lives of children: word, emotion, symbol, and action. These are the four spiritual styles, broad approaches to spirituality and faith through which children experience God and make sense of their lives in the world around them. Children's Ministry that Fits blends insightful research, relevant theory, and practical ministry into a guidebook for discovering and understanding children's spiritual styles. Drawing from theology, personal experience, and the spiritual lives of children, David M. Csinos offers practical wisdom that will help pastors, parents, and teachers to move beyond one-size-fits-all approaches to children's ministry and begin nurturing the spiritual lives of children in welcoming and inclusive environments. ""David Csinos gives us practical insights and ideas to move children's ministry 'beyond one size fits all' and fashion our approaches around the lives of children and their emerging spiritual styles. Csinos provides the helpful lens of the four spiritual styles to guide congregations in developing practical strategies and activities that address the spiritual needs of all children. A great resource for all those who care about the spiritual life of children."" --John Roberto Editor of Lifelong Faith Journal LifelongFaith Associates ""David Csinos' research with rather than just about children honors children's ways of knowing God and recognizes them as fellow spiritual pilgrims on a journey. Children's Ministry that Fits will transform the church's ministry with children and equip the church to move into its unknown but exciting future, the hope-filled future to which I believe Jesus is calling his church. I am greatly encouraged by this new voice in the field of children's spirituality."" --Elsie Rempel Director of Christian Nurture Mennonite Church Canada David M. Csinos has been involved in ministry with children at congregations in the United States and Canada. He studies practical theology at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.