The Spiritual Guidance of Children: Montessori, Godly Play, and the Future

by Jerome W. Berryman. Morehouse Publishing, 2013.

This resource adapts Montessori methods of education to religious education of children, reframing Christian education as spiritual guidance.


exploring spiritual experiences, scripture, language, the senses, sacraments

Best For

clergy, lay leaders, and youth ministry leaders


purchase as a book

Suggested Uses

  • Encourage children to freely explore the spiritual mysteries of creation by applying principles of Montessori education to your youth ministry.
  • Re-evaluate your congregation's religious education of children by considering how to blend methods outlined in this text with current practices.

About the Contributor

Tim Shapiro

Tim Shapiro is the Indianapolis Center’s president. He began serving the Center in 2003 after 18 years in pastoral ministry. For 14 years, Tim served Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio. Prior to his pastorate at Westminster, he was pastor of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Logansport, Indiana. He holds degrees from Purdue University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Tim’s interest in how congregations learn to do new things is represented in his book How Your Congregation LearnsAfter his extensive work on the Center’s Sacred Space initiative, Tim co-authored the book Holy Places: Matching Sacred Space with Mission and MessageHe has also authored several articles, including Applying Positive Deviance and The Congregation of Theological Coherence.

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