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Each child is on a spiritual journey, and the children’s ministry leader has a unique responsibility to influence, guide, and support that journey in developmentally-appropriate ways. This course integrates developmental psychology, trauma-informed care, and discipleship philosophy.
The course will cover classic theories of developmental psychology, with emphasis on how these link to spirituality. Church leaders will learn how to develop disciples by understanding psychological, emotional, and relational benefits of spirituality and faith.
Theories are presented via pre-recorded instruction with plenty of real-life examples and applications with interactive discussion through the forum.
Learners are required to have the following books for this class:
- Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey by Catherine Stonehouse
- Resilient: Child Discipleship and the Fearless Future of the Church by Valerie Bell & Matt Markins
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This course is eligible for 3.0 CEU.
Number of weeks: 6
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: Yes (IFD Certification in Children’s Ministry)
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About the Instructor
Jenny Smith served the local church in kids and family ministry for more than 20 years. She currently serves as content/curriculum developer for Awana. Jenny received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Samford University and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.