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Postmodern Children's Ministry: Ministry to Children in the 21st Century Church
by Ivy Beckwith
This practical, thought-provoking book presents a new paradigm for children’s ministry in the emerging 21ST century and explores how churches are currently putting that vision into practice. Advocating the need to regard children as full participants in their faith communities, the book provides strategies for building intergenerational community where children feel they b ...more
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Ivy Beckwith is a Children's Ministry veteran with over 25 years of experience. Over the years, she discovered that the traditional way of doing Children's Ministry is very broken. For instance, she asserts that Children's Ministry (C.M.) is broken because: 1. Some senior Pastors consider C.M. a marketing tool to grow the adult attendance. 2. C.M. is treating Bible stories like moral fables with a punch line at the end. 3. C.M. was trivializing God's Story, rather than embracing it. 4. C.M. beco ...more
It seems that Beckwith really leads the way in describing some characteristics of what children's ministry will look like in a post-modern generation. Community, ritual, family are all important in PM church life. I think as children's ministers read this, it needs to be with a lens that takes into consideration how their own denomination or congregation will adapt to these changes. My personal tendency is to want to rush into making changes to adapt to a PM culture. I think this is a dangerous ...more
Some good stuff in here. Especially liked the parts dealing with the child's spiritual development. I felt, however, that she discounted 'mega-church' children's ministries as ineffective and not useful in spiritual development. I believe that a certain amount of technology, with the idea that 'what happens at home is more important than what happens here [the church]', helps create an inviting, and spiritual growth producing, atmosphere for both the churched and unchurched. I would recommend th ...more