Children's Spirituality Summit Books

After each conference gathering, the board edits a book comprised of chapters from various presentations- academic papers and practical workshops- to share the information more broadly and preserve it for future ministry and research.  The books below represent twenty-years of innovative research and ideas. 

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Bridging Theory and Practice in Children's Spirituality: New Directions for Education, Ministry, and Discipleship
edited by Mimi L. Larson and Robert J. Keeley
Zondervan, 2020

Through a blend of practical application and theoretical understanding from a Christ-centered perspective, Bridging Theory and Practice in Children's Spirituality equips those who are involved in the varied contexts where children are spiritually formed. 

Bringing some of the most respected voices in the field together in one volume, these short, accessibly written chapters help pastors, church leaders, professors, students, and parents stay up-to-date with current trends. Each chapter offers suggestions for moving forward by putting theory into practice.

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Story, Formation and Culture:
From Theory to Practice in Ministry with Children

edited by Benjamin D. Espinoza with James Riley Estep, Jr. and Shirley Morgenthaler

Story, Formation, and Culture brings together a myriad of scholars, researchers, and ministry leaders into conversation about how we can effectively nurture the spirituality of children. Built around the three themes of story, formation, and culture, this volume blends cutting-edge research and insights with attention to how we can bring theory into practice to equip pastors, leaders, and scholars with cutting-edge research and practices that effectively strengthen their ministries with children.

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