INTRODUCTION: The Story of a Book PART I: FOUNDATIONS MATTER Metaphors Shape Ministry Children in the Bible Theology and Children The Child's Development Historical Roots of Ministry with Children PART II: CONTEXT AND CONTENT MATTER Children in Context Children in the Faith Community Children in the Family Children and Story Children and Curriculum PART III: HOW WE DO IT MATTERS In Worship In Learning and Teaching In Specialized Ministries All Children Matter In Leadership A Postlude -- Our Prayer Bibliography Index of Names and Subjects Index of Scripture References
Scottie May is assistant professor of Christian formation and ministry at Wheaton College, Illinois.
Karen-Marie Yust Children Matter invites Christian educators to imagine the faith journey with children as a pilgrimage or dance with God. Pastors and teachers are encouraged to explore the contexts in which children live, investigate the biblical and historical roots of children's ministries, and make an informed and animated commitment to nurture a vibrant faith in their youngest church members. Through stories of their own ministry experiences, the authors make a strong case for true belonging and meaningful participation in the church for all of God's children. Theory and practice are interwoven so that church leaders can explore and try out new ideas, extending the conversation begun in the book to their own setting. This book matters for churches in which children matter!