Books for Adults

The books here will help with your overall picture of faith formation.

 

This list just scratches the surface, but as you dig deeper into the resources throughout this website, you will continue to find other authors and groups working toward changing the paradigm of the church to include all ages in holistic, multigenerational faith formation.

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Silence (Godly Play) by Jerome W Berryman and Lois Kilberg

Family Theology: Finding God in Very Human Relationships by Carol J. Gallagher

Intergenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry edited by Holly Catterton Allen

Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship by Holly Catteron Allen and Christine Lawton

Generations Together: Caring, Praying, Learning, Celebrating, & Serving Faithfully by Kathie Amidei, Jim Merhaut and John Roberto

You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church . . . and Rethinking Faith by David Kinnaman and  Aly Hawkins

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad M. Griffin

Adoptive Church (Youth, Family, and Culture): Creating an Environment Where Emerging Generations Belong by Clark Chap and Steven Argue

Hurt 2.0 Inside the World of Today's Teenagers (Youth, Family, and Culture) by Clark Chap

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker: A Theological Vision for Discipleship and Life Together by Andrew Root

Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation by Andrew Root

Becoming Like a Child: The Curiosity of Maturity beyond the Norm by Jerome W. Berryman

Young Children and Worship by Sonja Stewart and Jerome Berryman

Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in Your Kids by Kara Powell and Clark Chap

Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions by George Barna

Formational Children's Ministry: Shaping Children Using Story, Ritual, and Relationship by Ivy Beckwith

 

Postmodern Children's Ministry: Ministry to Children in the 21st Century Church by Ivy Beckwith

 

The Ultimate Survival Guide for Children's Ministry Workers: Step-by-Step Helps to Make Your Job Easier and More Fulfilling by Ivy Beckwith

Growing Up Protestant: Parents, Children and Mainline Churches by Margaret L. Bendroth 

 

Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations by Vern Bengtson 

 

A Weed in the Church by Scott Brown 

 

God’s Big Table: Nurturing Children in a Diverse World by Elizabeth Caldwell

Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church by Kenda Creasy Dean

 

Family- Based Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries 

 

Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About It by Mark DeVries 

 

How Do Our Children Grow? (revised) by Delia Halverson 

 

The Secret Spiritual World of Children: The Breakthrough Discovery that Profoundly Alters Our Conventional View of Children's Mystical Experiences by Tobin Hart and Joseph Chilton Pearce

 

Worm Watching and Other Wonderful Ways to Teach Children to Pray by Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald

 

Celebrating the Milestones of Faith by Laura Keeley and Robert J. Keeley

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Books for Adults

Resources
Understanding Children's Spirituality: Theology, Research, and Practice by Kevin E. Lawson
 
In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice by Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
 
Welcoming Children: A Practical Theology of Childhood by Joyce Ann Mercer
 
Children Praying a New Story by Michael Morwood
 
Workshop Wonders: The Ultimate Guide to Rotation Sunday School (Workshop Zone) by Mickie O'Donnell and Vickie Bare
 
What Matters for Children and Families Engaging Six Vital Themes of Our Faith by Frank Proctor
 
The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry by Andrew Root and  Kenda Creasy Dean
 
Teaching The Mystery Of God To Children: A Book Of Clues by Judy Gattis Smith
 
Our Different Gifts: A Catechist's Guide to Using Multiple Intelligences in Faith Formation by Bernadette Stankard
 
Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey by Catherine Stonehouse and Scottie May
 
Family the Forming Center: A Vision of the Role of Family in Spiritual Formation by Marjorie J. Thompson
 
Will Our Children Have Faith? by John Westerhoff, III
 
The Church Family Sings: Songs, Ideas, and Activities for Use in Church School by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly
 
In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly and Evelyn L. Parker
 
Soul Stories: African American Christian Education by Anne E. Streaty Wimberly
 
Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality Edited by Karen Marie Yust, Aostre N. Johnson, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Eugene Roehlkepartain
 
Real Kids, Real Faith: Practices for Nurturing Children's Spiritual Lives by Karen Marie Yust
 
Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches: Secrets for Cultivating a Dynamic Youth Ministry by Rick Chromey and Stephanie Caro
 
Faith Formation 4.0: Introducing an Ecology of Faith in a Digital Age by Julie Anne Lytle
 
Liberating Youth from Adolescence (Word & World) By Jeremy Meyer

The Future of Our Faith: An Intergenerational Conversation on Critical Issues Facing the Church By Ronald J. Sider 

When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus' Vision for Authentic Christian Community By Joseph H. Hellerman

Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Equip Parents to Make Disciples  By Timothy Paul Jones 

Family Worship By Donald A. Whitney

Under One Roof by William J Smith Jr.

Free Us from Bullying by Paul T. Coughlin

Imaginative Prayer by Jared Patrick Boyd

Deep Justice in a Broken World  by Chap Clark, Kara Powell

Hurt 2.0: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers By Chap Clark

Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker by Andrew Root

Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church
by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, Brad M. Griffin 

Messy Hospitality by Lucy Moore

Family Jesus Time by Lucy Moore

We Pray with Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead by Emily Peck-McClain, Danyelle Trexler 
 
100 Things Every Child Should Know Before Confirmation: A Guide for Parents and Youth Leaders
by Rebecca Kirkpatrick

I Wonder: Engaging a Child's Curiosity about the Bible by Elizabeth Caldwell
 
Invitation to Peace Village

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