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Reading PRE SEMESTER DRAFT CCatherine Stonehouse, Ph.D. Professor of Christian Education Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY 40390 CD 655 - Ministering with Children through the Church Syllabus Spring 2006 Three Hours Examines the potential and needs of children in contemporary society, biblical perspectives on children and how they are to be involved in the faith community, and characteristics of the child's physical, emotional, cognitive, moral, and faith development. Explores the ministries a church can provide to involve children in the faith community, meeting their needs, nurturing wholeness and faith. Course Objectives Having completed this course with competence, the student will: 1. Have a basic understanding of the physical, psychosocial, cognitive, moral, and spiritual development, the potential and needs of children from birth to age 12. 2. Identify processes and commitments characteristic of ministries designed to involve children in a faith community and nurture them toward wholeness and a maturing faith. 3. Be able to articulate his/her theology of children's ministries based on Scripture, an understanding of child development, and spiritual formation. 4. Have grown in ability to: a. Involve children in meaningful worship and learning. b. Support families in the nurture of children. c. Support children in times of crisis such as illness, divorce, grief, or abuse. d. Nurture special children such as the gifted and those with handicaps. e. Identify the support and equipping needs of lay volunteers ministering with children in the church. Assignments Children Matter: Celebrating their Place in the Church, Family, and Community, Scottie May, Beth Posterski, Catherine Stonehouse, and Linda Cannell Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey: Nurturing a Life of Faith, Catherine Stonehouse Real Kids Real Faith: Practices for Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Lives, Karen Marie Yust Offering the Gospel to Children, Gretchen Wolff Pritchard Children in Crisis: A New Commitment, Phyllis Kilbourn, ed. Additional reading for research paper

Publication Date

January 2006


Asbury Theological Seminary


Spring, CD655, Wilmore



CD 655 Ministering with Children Through the Church