Details for Childrens Ministry
One of my heroes is called Horton. He is a real hero, in that he stood up against the whole community to save a group of little people. In his endeavour to protect this small community he cried a phrase which echoes throughout the world today, ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small.’ Yes, Horton the elephant saved Whoville from annihilation. In the end he not only saved a whole village he influenced others to do the same.
Horton Hears a Who is a modern day parable of God’s heart for the little people. The Introduction to Children Ministry unit will encourage you to be like Horton. Our purpose is to protect, train and release our little people. We will be looking at the why, the what and the how for children’s ministry.
The world needs more ‘Horton’s. Will you be someone’s Horton?
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Unit code: MIN221
- Credit points: 10
- Total workload hours per week: 10
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 3 *
The unit Childrens Ministry is part of the subject area Ministry and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This unit introduces many of the key rationales, skills, principles and considerations of children’s ministry.
- Biblical and historical background of children’s ministry
- Children’s ministry in today’s contexts
- Legal and ethical issues in children’s ministry
- Skills and creativity in children’s ministry
- Behaviour management
- Programming, administration and logistics
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, class presentations, discussion, tutorials, web-based interaction, distance learning material
Major Essay (50%, 2500 words); Critical Reflection on involvement in a children's program (30%, 1500 words); Forum Postings (20%, 2000 words)
- Chapman, Kathleen, Teaching Kids Authentic Worship: How to Keep Them Close to God for Life. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2003.
- George Barna, Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions. Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2003.
- Griffiths, Mark, Detonate. Crowborough, East Sussex: Monarch, 2005
- Jutila, Craig (ed), Children’s Ministry That Works. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2002)
- May, Scottie (ed), Children Matter: Celebrating their Place in the Church, Family and Community. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.
- Miller, Sue and Staal, David, Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004.
- Ratcliff, Donald (ed), Handbook of Children's Religious Education. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1992.
- Ratcliff, Donald (ed), Handbook of Preschool Religious Education. Birmingham, Alabama: Religious Education Press, 1988
- Yust, Karen Marie, Real Kids, Real Faith: Practices for Nurturing Children's Spiritual Lives (J-B Families and Faith Series).San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.