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Postmodern Children's Ministry: Ministry to Children in the 21st Century Church

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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
Paperback, 176 pages
Published August 29th 2004 by Zondervan/Youth Specialties
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Brian Stevenson
May 01, 2009 Brian Stevenson rated it really liked it
Shelves: postmodern
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
Josh Kellar
Dec 17, 2009 Josh Kellar rated it it was amazing
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
Joshua Watson
Dec 30, 2008 Joshua Watson rated it liked it
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
Jan 04, 2009 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009, 2017
Book review is coming. For now, just know that this is one of those books that I think should be required reading for all people going into ministry - whether it's children's ministry, youth ministry or adult ministry.
Leah Horrell
Nov 12, 2007 Leah Horrell rated it it was amazing
This was probably the most exciting book I've read in a while about ministry. Its focus is not on a five step program of what to do with kids but ways to reach upcoming generations of children being raised in the church.
Mar 18, 2012 Robert added it
Excellent book. Stimulated lots of thoughts of what's going on in children's ministry programs today and what should go on today in the spiritual formation of our children. I will definitely be reading this book again.
Joshua Bellamy
Aug 13, 2014 Joshua Bellamy rated it really liked it
a good read, especially when attempting to develop a children's ministry in the modern context. there are also ideas in the book that apply to all aspects of ministry.
May 24, 2007 Mike rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Childrens Ministers
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Good book. Would recommend.
Cole McGee
Feb 24, 2009 Cole McGee rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children's Ministers
I great book that gets to the point. If people could relax and see the value of non programming, then I believe children could see the value in Christianity as an organic way of life.
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