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Helping Our Children Grow in Faith

Author : Robert J. Keeley
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Children have serious faith questions that require serious answers, answers that adults often find themselves under-prepared to give. But the Christian community has a responsibility to help its children develop a three-dimensional faith--a faith that affects their heads, their hearts, and their spirits. Helping Our Children Grow in Faith is designed for children's ministry and worship leaders, Sunday school teachers, and pastors--as well as parents--who want to nurture the spiritual development of the children in their lives. It shows how to integrate children into congregational worship, how to teach them the Bible but leave room for the mystery of God, and how to distinguish the difference between faith development and moral development.

Faith Shaped Kids

Author : Stephen B. Bell
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Relationship is the greatest faith-shaping tool a parent possesses. Because kids learn about following Christ mostly from their parents, we have a huge responsibility to model authentic faith and its practice on a daily basis. Steve and Valerie Bell offer Faith-Shaped Kids as a practical tool to help parents maximize their relationship with their children in such a way as to draw them to faith. Filled with life lessons and useful suggestions, this resource helps readers ride out the roller-coaster ride called parenting. Faith-Shaped Kids is co-published with the Willow Creek Association (WCA). The WCA is affiliated with Willow Creek Community Church, the largest church in America, and serves thousands of pastors and Christian leaders through North America. Its primary goal is to foster local church transformation and vitality.

Nurturing Your Child s Soul

Author : Thomas Nelson
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Many of us worry about our kids getting pulled under by our culture's negative currents. We try to shout over the roar of media blitzes, misguided values in the schools, and peer pressure. And we wonder how to raise faithful children. For parents who sometimes feel they haven't done enough, Jones provides ideas for taking small steps toward communication and intimacy, showing you how to take advantage of teachable moments by fully "focusing on the present."

Raising Kids to Extraordinary Faith

Author : Debbie Salter Goodwin
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We want our children to know and love Jesus and learn what it means to be His disciple. We want their lives to be defined by service to others, love for their enemies, and a deep, trusting faith in God. But even though the home is the first and best place to begin a faith journey, it takes more than home to grow a disciple. Helping kids become lifelong followers of Christ requires the investment of parents, extended family, and Christian ministry workers who partner together in raising them as disciples.Raising Kids to Extraordinary Faith is a valuable resource that gives parents and teachers a practical guide for developing Christian virtue in children. Filled with spiritual growth ideas and suggestions for developing a faith-enriched home and church environment, it provides everyone who influences children purposeful advice, spiritual insight, and essential awareness to help them make discipleship the key component of their parenting, teaching, or mentoring.From prayer and Bible study to spiritual gifts and global awareness, Raising Kids to Extraordinary Faith shows parents and ministry workers how to partner together to help children love Jesus and learn to grow His fruit in their lives.Features include:Thought-provoking questions to help parents and ministry workers clarify how they can impact the spiritual lives of the children around themUseful side bars, real-life examples, scriptural principles, and age-appropriate ideas for discipling childrenA family accountability model to help the entire family add the practice of discipleship into their daily livesA Bible study for children to help them apply God’s truth to their daily livesDownloadable resources including, a 13-week leader’s guide and student sheets for studying the book in a group settingA bibliography of helpful resources for more spiritual growth

Children s Ministry in the Way of Jesus

Author : David M. Csinos
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Attract kids to church, the logic often goes, and you get parents in the pews. All that's left is to get the kids out of the way. Here children's ministers David Csinos and Ivy Beckwith draw on research in human development and spiritual formation to show how children become disciples and churches become centers of lifelong discipleship.

Sharing Faith with Children

Author : Sara Covin Juengst
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This book is for anyone who faces the task of preparing a children's sermon...It is designed to provide practical information and suggestions for making this part of the worship service a meaningful experience for children and a joy for sermon-givers.

Keep Your Kids Catholic

Author : Marc Cardaronella
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Many Catholic parents are tempted to leave the religious education and spiritual formation of their children up to their parish or Catholic school. Professional catechist, popular blogger, and father of two, Marc Cardaronella has a passionate plea for those parents: be your child’s primary educator in the faith by what you do and say. This practical guide gives parents what they need to be a bigger partner in handing on the faith to their children by creating a faith-nurturing environment at home. When Marc Cardaronella started his job as a catechist, he could empathize with parents who came to him to talk about how their now-grown children had left the Church because he had been there: Despite years of religious education and regular Mass attendance, Cardaronella never really practiced his faith. He fell away from the Church right after his Confirmation and stayed away for twenty years. Now it’s his mission to equip families like yours to hand on your faith. His passionate message is that the kind of faith formation children need is not taught in standard religious education classes and probably never will be. Cardaronella is on a quest to help you fill the gaps by first strengthening your own faith—opening your heart to God, practicing trust, clearing away obstacles to God’s grace, and creating regular prayer and study routines at home. He gives you the tools to pass that faith on to your kids and make it stick by teaching you how to pray with your children consistently, about adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the power of the Examen prayer, and how to motivate your kids to be engaged in parish life and Christian outreach. Keep Your Kids Catholic offers equal shares of inspiration, challenge, and practical advice. Each chapter includes Reflect, Pray, and Live sections to help you integrate Cardaronella’s message into family life.

When Kids Ask Hard Questions

Author : Bromleigh McCleneghan
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The world is a confusing and painful place for children (and adults). How do you respond faithfully to your kids’ big questions? Learn to craft faithful conversations and be better prepared to talk about the tough stuff with your kids. More than 30 essays from a diverse group of young Christian parents/pastors address today’s toughest topics, including gender, race, bullying, mental illness, death, divorce, money, technology, and generosity. When Kids Ask Hard Questions invites you to take a deep breath, create safe spaces for the hard conversations, and speak the truth in love. Each chapter includes a resource list for further exploration.

Grow Up in Christ

Author : David C Cook
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These lessons help kids understand how they can grow up in Christ by searching for and finding God's goodness, discovering ways to show Christ's love, and telling about their hope in Jesus. A 52-Week Bible Journey–Just for Kids!Route 52™ is a Bible-based journey that will take kids through the Bible every year from age 8 to 12. Every lesson features: Scripturally sound themes Culturally relevant, hands-on activities Age-appropriate Bible-learning challenges Reproducible life-application activity pages Route 52™ Bible lessons will help kids learn the Bible and how to apply it to their lives at their own level of spiritual development. These reproducible Bible lessons are appropriate for Bible school, children's church, youth group, kids club, and midweek Bible study programs.

Prayer Faith and Healing

Author : Kenneth Winston Caine
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Collects the thoughts of pastors, counselors, doctors, and health researchers on the efficacy and practice of prayer

Raising Kingdom Kids

Author : Tony Evans
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From the bestselling author of Kingdom Man and Kingdom Woman, Raising Kingdom Kids equips parents to raise their children with a Kingdom perspective and also offers practical how-to advice on providing spiritual training as instructed in Scripture. Dr. Tony Evans begins with an overarching look at the need for Kingdom parenting, our roles and responsibilities in raising God-following children, and how to prepare children to take on the assignments God has for their lives. He then takes a practical turn, with examples and illustrations to help parents understand and provide specific training for kids in the power of prayer, wisdom, loving God’s Word, getting through trials, controlling their tongues, developing patience, the surrender of service, and much more. This book is for every dad or mom who wants to fulfill the parenting role God has given them—not just in raising healthy kids intellectually, physically, and socially, but in contributing to their child’s relationship with God and alignment under His plan.

Children s Ministry

Author : Lawrence O. Richards
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This book combines both biblical and theological foundations for children's ministry with a careful assessment of other issues in nurturing children, such as developmentalism, the context of learning and growth, values, cognitive abilities, and social relationships.

Bridging Theory and Practice in Children s Spirituality

Author : Zondervan,
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Bridging Theory and Practice in Children's Spirituality explores the different contexts, methods, and situations that influence and foster a child's spirituality and faith development. Through a blend of theoretical understanding held in tension with practical application, it equips those who are in, or being prepared for, the varied contexts where children are spiritually formed. It represents a broad range of Christian expression writing from a Christ-centered perspective that furthers the conversation about the next steps in children's spirituality and faith development. Moving beyond the basics of faith nurture and what makes for effective ministry, this resource deepens our understanding of the practices in children's lives by bringing together the best of theory and practice and includes contributions from: Dr. Scottie May (Wheaton College) Dr. Kevin Lawson (Biola University) Dr. Erik Carter (Vanderbilt University) John Roberto (Vibrant Faith) Dr. Dana Kennamer Pemberton (Abilene Christian University) Dr. Shirley Morganthaler (Concordia University - Chicago) Dr. Holly Catterton Allen (Lipscomb University) Dr. Robert Keeley (Calvin College and Calvin Seminary) Dr. Mimi Larson (Wheaton College) Lacy Finn Borgo ( Renovaré Institute) and others. Pastors, professors, seminary students and children's ministry leaders and practitioners all believe that nurturing a child's spiritual development is important. Yet often they are unsure about which current trends should be embraced. This book will help equip these people with the grounding needed to evaluate trends and with specific suggestions for moving forward. With short, accessibly written chapters it helps pastors and leaders stay up to date with current trends and is an excellent resource for teaching in college and seminary classrooms.

God s Own Child

Author : William L. Coleman
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This volume aims to open parents' hearts and minds to a deeper understanding of their Catholic faith. It asks them to confirm their own beliefs as they prepare to share their faith with their child. Parents are offered basic information as well as new insights on the topics of baptism, sin, grace, faith, and the baptismal rite and its symbols.

Talking with Your Kids about God

Author : Natasha Crain
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Christian parenting is hard work--and it's getting harder. Parents have a deep desire to pass on their faith, but fear that today's increasingly skeptical and hostile world will eventually lead their kids to reject the truth of Christianity. That leaves many parents feeling overwhelmed--uncertain of what they can do to help their children, given the difficulty and extent of the faith challenges they will face. This practical and timely resource gives parents the confidence of knowing what to discuss with their children and how to discuss it in order to facilitate impactful conversations that will form the basis of a lifelong faith. In a friendly, parent-to-parent voice, Natasha Crain identifies 30 specific conversations about God that parents must have with their children, organizing them under the categories of - the existence of God - science and God - the nature of God - believing in God - the difference God makes Chapters are sequenced in a curriculum-oriented way to provide a cumulative learning experience, making this book a flexible resource for use in multiple settings: homes, church classes, youth groups, small groups, private Christian schools, and homeschools. Every chapter has a step-by-step conversation guide with discussion questions and tips, and content is readily adaptable for use with kids of any age (elementary through high school). Endorsements: "My prayer is that God will use this book to both motivate and equip you to help your kids develop convictions about their faith."--From the foreword by Sean McDowell, PhD, Biola University professor, speaker, and author of more than eighteen books, including A New Kind of Apologist "I can't think of a more relevant or more needed book for parents raising kids in today's culture. This book on apologetics will lead parents in critical conversations that will help grow and guide kids to be lifelong followers of Christ."--Kristen Welch, author of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World "Hey parents: Do you want to reduce the chances that your child will follow the crowd to the point of rejecting Christ and the values and truths you hold so dearly? Then you need to have the conversations that Natasha Crain so brilliantly describes in this book. Prevent heartbreak later by reading and heeding this book now!"--Frank Turek, PhD, president of CrossExamined Ministries and author of I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and Stealing from God "May this book lead to thousands more Moms and Dads engaging with their kids through an intelligent faith. And may there be tens of thousands more kids who feel loved because the adults in their lives take their questions seriously."--Jeff Myers, PhD, president, Summit Ministries

Parenting Children for a Life of Faith

Author : Rachel Turner
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Aimed at parents with young children or teenagers, primary carers, grandparents, godparents, extended families and the worshipping community, Parenting Children for a Life of Faith is designed to help all those responsible for the spiritual nurture of children to understand God's unconditional and all-encompassing love and pass that understanding on to the children in their care. The book explores the biblical perspective of faith, the personal journey of engaging with God, the implications of modelling faith in the home and the importance of prayer. The material offers a framework for building a deep and lasting relationship with God and includes many insights and case studies drawn from the author's extensive experience of training and equipping families for their journey of faith.

Growing with Jesus

Author : Andy Holmes
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Presents a collection of devotional readings comprised of Bible verses, thoughts to grow on, and facts about the world, designed to promote spiritual growth.

Sharing the Easter Faith with Children

Author : Carolyn C. Brown
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Sharing the Easter Faith with Children is theologically sound, biblically focused, educationally on target, and developmentally appropriate. Carolyn Brown writes clearly and helpfully, with conviction and passion for what to share and how to share one's faith with children. It should be required reading for every parent, educator, and pastor who wants to communicate and celebrate the Easter faith with children. Brown packs a lot of practical suggestions, insights, and activities into this very readable resource. I am confident children will mature in their understanding and affirmation of the Easter faith when they have been nurtured in families and congregations that take seriously what Brown offers. --Donald Griggs, author of Teaching Today’s Teachers to Teach It is easy to share the Christmas story and faith with children. The story is beautiful and lends itself well to pageants and other celebratory events for children. It is not so easy to share the Easter story and faith with children because the message and images are complex. Many parents have trouble articulating what Easter means to them personally much less answering their children’s questions. In many congregations children are featured in palm parades on Palm Sunday, but they are not specifically planned for at other Holy Week services. When schools schedule an Easter break, many families go away and thus unintentionally bypass the whole Easter message for years. This book explores what the Easter message can mean to children as they grow up. The author helps congregations and families share the Easter message with their children and include the children meaningfully in Lent, Holy Week and Easter observances. Included are materials for children from birth (in the church nursery) to age 12, and reproducible pages to create a booklet for parents. The first section of the book describes the particular parts of the Easter faith that are important to children at different ages and comments on the biblical Easter texts from a child’s point of view. The second part of the book works through the Lenten season, describing ways congregations can include children and providing program and worship plans, including: Lenten disciplines for children and their families Ash Wednesday Celebrating Palm Sunday or looking ahead on Passion Sunday Maundy Thursday: Recalling the Last Supper Keeping Good Friday The church-sponsored Easter Egg Hunt Easter Sunday Morning Another part of the book offers help to leaders who want to share the content with teachers, parents, or committees. Also included is a comprehensive list of related resources. This carefully researched and well-grounded, practical resource from a highly regarded Christian educator will strengthen your educational ministry with children and support parents as they shape the faith of their children.

Parenting Children for a Life of Faith Omnibus

Author : RACHEL. TURNER
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Equipping parents to raise God-connected children and teens Parenting Children for a Life of Faith provides inspiration and wisdom for nurturing children into the reality of God's presence and love, equipping them to access him themselves and encouraging them to grow in a two-way relationship with him that will last a lifetime. This volume is a fully updated compilation of titles previously published as Parenting Children for a Life of Faith, Parenting Children for a Life of Purpose and Parenting Children for a Life of Confidence.

How Do Our Children Grow

Author : Delia Touchton Halverson
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Offering practical and effective direction for parents who want to build a foundation for faithfulness as their children grow, this book presents concrete examples and appropriate advice for introducing and reinforcing faith concepts. An excellent resource for parents who believe it is their responsibilty to foster a sense of the importance of God and the church in their children's lives.