Two new titles in the Learning Center continue discussion started at the NYAC's Children's Summit: And A Child Shall Lead Us held March 25 - 26, 2011: Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children by Jerome W. Berryman and Formational Children's Ministry: Shaping Children Using Story, Ritual and Relationship by Ivy Beckwith.
Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children by Jerome W. Berryman This revised and expanded version of Godly Play founder Jerome Berryman’s 1995 handbook is for current and future users of Godly Play. With this revision, the book’s original formatting has been redesigned to complement the eight volumes in The Complete Guide to Godly Play series. Illustrations have also been updated, and the text now better reflects the playful spirit of Godly Play. Up-to-date research in childhood development and instruction has also been incorporated in this comprehensive update.
Formational Children's Ministry: Shaping Children Using Story, Ritual and Relationship by Ivy Beckwith. Much ministry to children looks more like mere entertainment than authentic spiritual formation. But what if children's ministries were rooted in a mind set whereby we taught children, with our words and actions, how the story of God, the story of church history, the story of the local community, and the story of the child intersect and speak to one another? What if children's ministry was less about downloading information into kids' heads and more about leading them into these powerful, compelling stories?
Beckwith aims to help ministers and parents create a ministry that captures children's imaginations not just to keep them occupied, but to live as citizens of the kingdom of God. In addition to providing theological reasons for formational children's ministry, the book offers examples of how Ivy and other practitioners are implementing a formational model.