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"This is a genius book, written by an enormously gifted child educator who will help you reconceptualize your ministry to children. Both the child and the adult will be transformed by this book."--Dan B. Allender, PhD, professor of counseling psychology, founding president, Mars Hill Graduate School; author of To Be Told and Leading with a Limp

"Formational Children's Ministry reaches beyond guided conversation, creative storytelling, and the mere calls to build relationships to challenge us to engage in story-based, meaningfully-patterned, real-life interactions to find fresh faith in children's ministry."--Gregory C. Carlson, PhD, chair and professor of Christian ministries, Trinity International University

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We want to raise faithful children. But are churches today helping to fulfill that mission? Or do our children's ministries look more like entertaining babysitting services than places where true spiritual formation happens?

In Formational Children's Ministry, Ivy Beckwith helps ministers and parents create ministries that capture children's imaginations, not just to keep them occupied, but to live as citizens of the kingdom of God. She asks big questions, such as

What if we taught children how the stories of God, church history, the local community, and the child intersect and speak to one another?

What if children's ministry was less about downloading information into kids' heads and more about leading them into these powerful, compelling stories?

In addition to providing theological reasons for formational children's ministry, the book offers practical examples of how Beckwith and other practitioners are implementing a formational model.

If you're ready to create a place where children truly feel a part of God's story, where they don't just learn information but live it, this book is your first step.


Ivy Beckwith is the author of Postmodern Children's Ministry and has served churches of all sizes. She has worked as an editor and education consultant for Group Publishing and Gospel Light Publications. She currently serves the Congregational Church of New Canaan, Connecticut, as the Minister for Children and Families.

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Ivy Beckwith (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the author of Postmodern Children's Ministry and has served churches of all sizes. She has worked as an editor and education consultant for Group Publishing and Gospel Light Publications. She curr
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Product Details

  • Series: emersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books; 1 edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801071879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801071874
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ivy Beckwith is a graduate of Gordon College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and holds a PhD in education from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Born and raised in new England, Ivy has been children's minister of Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota, since July 2000. Her primary responsibility is preschool and children's education, where her focus is the spiritual formation of Colonial's children and families.

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Everybody who works with Children within the church, should read this book. It is easy to read and will make you a much more thoughtful Children's Ministry leader.
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While I may not agree with all of Beckwith's perspectives and theology, she has given me some great insight on how we approach teaching kids in the church. I recommend this for everyone who finds themselves in the role of carrying out or planning ministry with children.
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This book is well written, short and to the point(157 pages), and provides a new perspective on "Sunday school" in children's ministry. Good read for all children's ministry workers.
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There are some great practical ideas in this book - particularly towards the end. Beckwith is spot on about the problems of age-based divisions in Church communities and the family as the most important place for spiritual formation.

But she starts out framing the book as a response to the problem of 'moralistic therapeutic deism' and in that respect it fails to deliver big time.

If you already share the views held by the 'Emergent Village' you'll probably love it. But I found the emergent premise on which the book is based to be flimsy. Flimsy in it's quick and poorly defended dismissal of so much Christian orthodoxy. Flimsy in it's promotion of spiritual disciplines whilst ignoring the spiritual disciple of repentance.

And there's one glaring omission from the whole book -- the gospel!!! Any book the proposes an answer to the problem of 'moralistic therapeutic deism' that doesn't pickup on the centrality of the gospel is going to fail. And this one does. 'Story, ritual and relationship' without the gospel or where the gospel is just assumed simply leads to more religious works-righteousness.

Read it for the practical ideas, be very, very wary of the underlying philosophy.
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