One of the most creative and inspiring faith formation events I’ve ever participated in was the “Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity” conference, held in Washington DC in May, 2012. It was organized by Dave Csinos and Melvin Bray. Now these energetic young saints have edited and released the major presentations from that conference in the book, Faith Forward, which is also the name of their website and the next such gathering, which will be in Nashville, May 19-22, 2014. Here’s the summary and one of the many positive media reviews.
Knowing how to nurture faith in young people is a challenge, particularly when we want to encourage a faith that is generous, innovative, and contextual. Faith Forward gathers 21 presentations from the 2012 “Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity” conference held in Washington, D.C., and makes them available for those in ministry with children and youth, pastors, parents, professors – anyone called to help young people on their journey of faith. Authors and attendees alike came from several countries and many denominational inflections. Likewise, the chapters express various contemporary takes on Christian faith and discipleship.
This book is a gold mine of information and inspiration for those seeking to engage children and youth in respectful conversation, exploration, and learning in today’s complex world. If you are seeking grassroots, forward-thinking, ecumenical, innovative, and collaborative ways to do children and youth ministry, then this book provides the material to move you in that direction.
(from Woodlake Books)
Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence and Emergence Christianity writes:
This is a seminal book in every sense of that word…Seminal in that by addressing the implications of Emergence and Emergence Christianity for the religious formation of children and youth, it addresses one of (and arguably the) central questions facing 21st-century Christianity in the West. Seminal in that, for the first time, it brings together in one place the insights, wisdom, and practical suggestions of our most experienced and inspired leaders and thinkers in the field. Seminal in that, with vigor and candor and the unbeatable virtues of fine writing and good editing, it describes for us an entirely accessible landscape of hope and holy purpose. In sum, this is a seminal book.