This week I’m spending a few days at the Global Children’s Forum. It’s rare that I get to be around such a diverse group of people who are so passionate about children’s ministry and work together across tremendous lines of difference. Delegates hail from 20 countries and every continent (except Antarctica, of course). We’ve laughed together, challenged each other, and learned so much in such a short period of time. And as this picture shows, we’ve already changed the world!
I’m looking forward to integrating some of the ideas I’ve learned here at the events I’ll be speaking at this fall.
..to see your book in a real, live, brick-and-mortar store! This photo was taken at Miracles bookstore in my home of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
From our friends at Vibrant Faith:
God of renewal, we invoke your presence as we begin this new school year. Bless our family as life gets busy once again. Help us to choose our involvements wisely, not over committing ourselves for the sake of doing so. Be present to our children during their classes and extra-curricular involvements. Let us remember that education is a gift that should not be wasted. Help us to take time to be together as a family, supporting and helping each other in any way we can. Bless this year as we strive to live authentic lives that are grounded in serving you and spreading your loving kindness to all people and situations we encounter. Amen.
Next weekend Jenny and I will be heading to Paris, Ontario for the inaugural Skylight Festival. On Saturday I’ll be leading two workshops, the first on re-imagining faith formation and the second about empowering family faith. If you’re looking for a gathering of folks who love justice, faith, and the arts, then don’t miss this festival!
While at Faith Forward 2015 in Chicago, Ivy Beckwith and I both signed a copy of Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus for someone to take home to a friend. Here’s some words about his friend and this impact the book has had on his life:
This photo is quite significant because it was his copy of children’s ministry in the way of Jesus that he leant to me for my studies at university months back. I have now returned it to him with a few pen marks in the font! I was so inspired by the book that I decided to write my dissertation on children’s spirituality and reference a large amount of your insights on my writings. Not only that but it was your book that lead me to attend Faith Forward in April. This story is special to me and I just wanted to encourage you and share an example of how your work has impacted little old me. Thank you for the story so far!
I’m continually humbled by how far-reaching Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus has become. It’s already a common textbook in seminary courses and I know of some congregational Christian Education teams that are doing a group study of the book. If you’re looking for fresh approaches to nurturing faith in children, then this is the book for you.
I just finished reading Stephen Ingram’s upcoming book, Organic Student Ministry. If you’re looking for a more contextual and localized approach to youth ministry, you’ve got to read this book. It’s as if Stephen is sitting down with you to help assess your ministry and make appropriate recommendations for real revitalization and growth.
Here’s my “official” endorsement:
Forget the growth hormones! Stephen Ingram calls everyone who cares for young people to get our hands dirty in the organic soil of student ministry. Drawing on years of experience in ministry and consulting, Stephen will help you assess the particularities of your ministry context and determine what to plant and what to prune in order to promote long-term growth and sustainability. This book is required reading for anyone seeking fresh visions for youth ministry.