Short Course20-22 April and 8-10 June 2018
Children's spiritual development and faith
Cliff College Certificate in Children’s Ministry
This seminar broadly addresses those who work with children, within a Christian association or a local church context. The purpose of the seminar is to give individuals, who function in some form of children´s ministry, a fundamental understanding of children´s spiritual development and grounded theology. Furthermore, it’s designed to give you the confidence you need to explain the importance of working with children to other leaders in your correlations, and the courage to try things in new ways in order to reach children with the Gospel.
The seminar combines your own experiences with teachings from the Bible, theory about children´s development, and knowledge taught by international lecturers. It consists of both practical and creative elements, with opportunities to share experiences and time dedicated to hearing from children.
In order to achieve the Cliff College Certificate in Children’s ministry, coursework is required. This is intended to help you practically apply and implement the knowledge gained from the seminar, to your own ministry context.
There will also be recommended literature to read both before the course begins and throughout the duration of the course.
Ian White, who is a senior tutor at Cliff College and Anne Thompson who pastors within the Methodist movement. Anne also studies at Cliff College in Children´s ministry.
In addition to the key teachers there will also be a number of other lecturers including; Carolyn Edward and Rachel Turner. Carolyn Edwards holds a Ph.D. and works with children at Mission and Ministry at Cliff College. She is a respected teacher and highly skilled in children´s work. Moreover, Carolyn Edwards authored the children’s book: Slugs, Snails and Puppy Dogs’ Tails which tells the story of a boy’s spirituality. Rachel Turner, as well being an experienced teacher, has applied her extensive knowledge in working with children. Rachel Turner is employed at The Bible Reading Fellowship, where she works with families and children’s faith. She has written several books, some of which have been translated into Danish, e.g. Parenting Children for a Life of Faith and Parenting Children for a Life in Confidence.
1. Understanding Children and Being in Ministry with Children
- Theology about the child
- Developing faith
- The child’s development
- Different aspects of ministry for children (Godly Play; Messy Church, Creative Prayer; Games; different resources)
- Children with special needs
- Children with a challenging behaviour
2. Ministry with Children – The Child’s Leader
- What is ministry with children?
- Children today and their context
- Forming children’s spirituality (what is authentic spirituality; spiritual forming and discipleship)
- Skills and gifts for those who lead children
- Personal development
- Support and counseling
3. Practical Ministry
- Children in church (family services, clubs, confirmation classes, baptism, holy communion and other ecclesiastic actions; working with the church leadership; transition from child to youth)
- Designing programs (how to get the most out of the resources available; setting goals with children)
- Teams (collaboration and dynamics in the group)
This seminar is offered in cooperation with Cliff College, England and gives the partakers a Cliff College Certificate in Children´s Ministry.
The teachers in the course will be Danish and British. There will be possibility for translation to/from Danish and English.
This list is recommended readings related to the course, although not mandatory.
- Beckwith, I., (2010), Formational children’s ministry. Shapring children using story, ritual, and relationship, Michigan: BakerBooks.
- Dalsgaard, M., At gå med Jesus i børnehøjde, I Nielsen, A. Ø., Hougaard, D. og Kappel, K. N. (eds.),(year not given) ’Følg mig. Invitation til at leve i tro.’, Århus: Mediacellen og Dansk Oase.
- Edwards, C. (2011), Slugs & snails & puppy dogs’ tails. Helping boys connect with God. Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press
- Franzén, B. (1994), Guds forspring, København: Føltveds Forlag.
- Johanson, A. M. S. (2000), I børnehøjde, Karlslunde: Mediacellen og Dansk Oase,
- LaBranche, A., (2017), Gud flyver forrest. Håndbog i børnegudstjenester, Frederiksberg C: eksistensen.
- Nye, R., (2011), Children’s spirituality. What it is and why it matters, London: Church House Publishing.
- Pedersen, C.H., (2013), Gud og børn – et manifest, Danmarks Kirkelige Søndagsskoler http://www.kpi.dk/media/23299/born_og_gud_enkelt_web.pdf
- Pedersen, C. H.: Hvordan fortæller man sine børn om Gud http://www.kpi.dk/media/17395/hvordan_fort_lle_sine_b_rn_om_gud.pdf
- Pedersen, C. H., (2017), Skift Fokus. Opdragelse med Gud og næsten i centrum, Fredericia: Logosmedia.
- Richards, A. (2013), Children in the Bible, London: SPCK Publishing.
- Schweitzer, F. (2006), Barnets ret til religion, Frederiksberg: Aros Underviser.
- Turner, R., (2015), Tro i børnehøjde - åndelig vejledning af børn, Christiansfeld: ProRex.
- Turner, R., (2016), Selvværd i børnehøjde – åndelig vejledning af børn, Christiansfeld: ProRex.
- Østergaard, S., Willer. T., (2004), Jeg tror på det hele – Gud, skæbnen og de syv bud – et studie i danske unges forhold til tro, kirken og søgen efter mening, Frederiksberg: Unitas Forlag
- Østergaard, S, Skaarhøj, R., (2005), Generation Happy? Et studie i danske teenageres hverdagsliv, værdier og livstolkning, Frederiksberg: Unitas Forlag.
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