“Children’s ministry isn’t about building fun, entertaining programs for children so parents will be able to attend church without being interrupted.” Rather, veteran children’s ministers, Ivy Beckwith and David Csinos, define children’s ministry as “all those ministerial practices and activities that are done with children”. Drawing from their own experience, and employing concepts and quotes from a range of traditional and popular sources, they explain what this kind of children’s ministry looks like in congregational life and why it matters. Each chapter begins with a thought-provoking quote and then launches into a mix of anecdotes from the authors’ own experience, theological and biblical reflection, research, and further illumination supplied by popular culture. “Questions for Conversation” guide individual and group reflection for each chapter. This book is addressed to congregational and children’s ministry leaders.
Reviewed by Marie F. Fleming