The 2016 Children’s Spirituality Conference:
A Smashing Success!
On June 12-14, 2016, the fifth Children’s Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives convened for the first time in Nashville, Tennessee at Lipscomb University.
Academics and thoughtful practitioners gathered around the children’s spirituality table and discussed child theology, best practices, sociological research, and ministry implications for nurturing children’s spiritual growth and development.
Men and women from around the globe—from Canada, Nigeria, Albania, Australia and the United States—shared their current research, their innovative ministry models, and their stimulating workshops with spiritual formation leaders, children’s ministers, developmental psychologists, Christian educators, sociologists, youth ministers, and theologians from a wide spectrum of Christian faith traditions.
Our plenary speakers, Robbie Castleman, Dave Csinos, Pamela Ebstyne King, and Almeda Wright, opened our eyes to new ways to welcome children, bless children, nurture children, and join children on their spiritual journeys. These speakers as well as our panelists, Kathie Amidei, Dana Pemberton, and Dave Scott, challenged us to see the children in our midst and beyond who need all the spiritual resources available to them to survive their daily circumstances.
Rain for Roots (Katy Bowser and Flo Paris) and Bob Keeley led us in vibrant, God-honoring worship that blessed us all.
And the hundreds of conversations around the tables and at late night sessions were faith-inspiring, encouraging, and energizing; they were deep and rich. Old friendships were renewed; new ones formed. And our pool of kindred spirits expanded.
Lipscomb University welcomed us graciously, and the beautiful facilities met our conference needs very well. We will therefore be meeting once again at Lipscomb in Nashville, Tennessee, June 27-29, 2018.
Every time we meet, we're excited to see new faces and hear fresh ideas. Come, join us in 2018, and keep the conversation going.