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"One of the most important ways to strengthen the faith formation of children and young people, and child, youth, and family ministries is by engaging and supporting parents or primary care-givers. This article seeks to address this challenge by mining resources from the Bible and Christian theology about the roles and responsibilities of parents, the complexity and dignity of children, and ways to pass on the faith. By taking into account theological perspectives on parents, children, and faith formation, church leaders can better engage both children and parents, and they can strengthen all areas of their work with or on behalf of children and young people, whether in children's ministry, youth and family ministry, religious education, or child advocacy."-- [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
"Biblical studies has often avoided the children in the biblical text, to the detriment of the discipline. The topic of childhood in the Bible provides a particular opportunity for dialogue between biblical studies (including historical, theological, and social approaches), psychology of religion, and pastoral psychology. This article examines three biblical stories: Adam and Eve, David, and Jesus. In each case, I inquire about the ages of the characters, the interpretive assumptions at work in biblical studies, and the psychological insights that may be brought to bear on the biblical text." -- [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
"Analyzes the ministry to children and the theological approach towards them by the church. Acknowledgement of the child; Denial of the child in protestant education; Basis for the theological anthropology; Christian belief of childhood." -- EBSCO
"My hope is that this small theology of childhood will provide a fresh look at adult spiritual maturity with children in mind. This will involve seven steps. First, I will briefly discuss Jesus’ parabolic view of children. Second, I will outline a translation from Jesus’ parabolic narrative to eight concepts. Third, I will move from these eight concepts to three propositions. In steps four through six I will try to develop the three propositions of this theology of children." -- From author.
Brendan Hyde identifies four characteristics of children's spirituality: the felt sense, integrating awareness, weaving the threads of meaning, and spiritual questing. These characteristics can be observed in children if those who work with them know what to look for and are alert to the time, place and space in which children find themselves.This book provides ways in which schoolteachers and parents can nurture and foster these particular characteristics of children's spirituality. It also considers two factors, material pursuit and trivialising, which may inhibit children's expression of their spirituality.Children and Spirituality will be of great interest to educators, policy makers, parents, and others who work with and seek to nurture the spirituality of children.
Listening to children'is one of those feel-good phrases that always features in childcare literature as if it were self-evidently a good thing. Often, however, there is a lack of critical attention to what it really means: How does one listen? How can one evidence that listening has taken place?Starting with an introduction to the policy and practice of listening to children and young people, both individually and in groups, this practitioner's guide provides a range of practical techniques for effective listening, encompassing observation and communication, seeing things from the child's point of view, explaining difficult concepts, helping young people to talk about their experiences and express their feelings, promoting participation and eliciting their wishes and views. The book is peppered throughout with good practice checklists, good practice examples, reflective exercises and quotations from children, as well as case studies showing real situations where effective communication has been established with a child.Listening to Children: A Practitioner's Guide is a rich source of insight and guidance for professionals working with children in the fields of social care, health and education, including child welfare protection, pastoral care, educational psychology and counselling, and indeed for anyone working with children.
This wide ranging book offers a fresh survey of the pastoral needs of primary age pupils, and pupils in early adolescence for both trainee and practising teachers. This book is divided into four main sections:• Principles considers the future needs of children, learning processes, the planning and implementation of a pastoral programme, and the co-ordination of personal and social education• Aspects of Pastoral Care develops six specific pastoral approaches: welfare and liaison, health and medical services, life crises and counselling, managing behaviour, bullying, and starting secondary school• Viewpoints has three personal statements: television viewing, core values for teachers and parents, and the professionalism of teachers • In An Agenda for Discussion the editors comment on the various chapters of the book and add extra material on pastoral care and personal and social education
"In this essay, I reflect upon theological themes that inform the nurture of children within a Christian framework in Britain. Building upon my earlier research, I critique some of the assumptions and propositional concepts of God found in common readings of Genesis 22, of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of his son Isaac; and I delineate how this thinking influences our contemporary practice of nurturing children. This interpretative process, or hermeneutics, is achieved by utilising the theoretical model of ‘Personal Construct Psychology’ (PCP)." -- Introduction from Author
"We can do much to overcome these simplistic views of children and thereby strengthen the church's commitment to them by retrieving a broader, richer, and more complex picture of children from the Bible and the Christian tradition. Although theologians within the Christian tradition have often expressed narrow and even destructive conceptions of children and childhood, there are six central ways of speaking about the nature of children within the Christian tradition that, when critically retrieved and held in tension, can broaden our conception of children and strengthen our commitment to them." -- From the article, page 54
This volume looks at the role of Religious Education in the curriculum for the Early Years child. This book attempts to:•Discuss how to incorporate a wide range of religions in the classroom;•Consider how these can be explored in exciting and imaginative ways;•Help readers clarify their thinking on the subject;•Looks at the development of new approaches to the teaching of RE.Through studying practical examples and discussing what should be aimed at when considering good practice in the classroom, she provides a text that manages to be both inspirational and useful.
"The general pattern of Christian children’s ministry has been for adults to deliver structured programs to children. Drawing on the biblical imperative of hospitable space, a more profound understanding is to provide bounded opportunities for children themselves to engage in missional ministry. Implications are suggested for local church ministry and Christian parenting." [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
"This paper attempts to integrate key elements from our theology with a ministry to children. These elements are conversion, (how children come to faith), participation in the Lord's Supper, baptism and membership" (Wiebe 33).
"This book develops a theology of childhood both from a theoretical basis in biblical theology (especially the gospel of Mark) and practical experience in children and youth ministry. Mercer builds on classical theologians such as Augustine, Calvin, Barth, and Rahner as well as modern feminist theologians such as Brock and Russell. She gains insights from pastoral theologians such as Capps and Couture and from contemporary cultural criticism. Mercer challenges approaches to educational and liturgical practices with children in congregations that segregate children from the rest of the church and its key practices of service, mission, worship, care, and learning. She reframes ministries with children as processes through which the church as a'community of practice'forms children into an alternative identity that resists surrounding consumerist culture and walks in the ways of Jesus. This book offers strategies for educational practices with children in congregations as it seeks to address the question,'What might educational practices that welcome children and contribute to their flourishing look like in the context of a faith community where children's learning happens in collaboration with experienced practitioners of faith?'Outlining a feminist practical theology of childhood, it explores five basic theological claims: (1) children as gifts and parenting as a religious practice of stewardship; (2) welcoming those who welcome and care for children; (3) children as already fully human; (4) children as part of the purposes of God; and (5) acknowledging and transforming the sufferings of children." -- EBSCO