ERIC Number: ED432359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
A Church for All God's Children: Congregations Responding to the Needs of Children in the Church and Community.
United Methodist Church, New York, NY.
In 1996, the Council of Bishops called upon the United Methodist Church to reshape its mission in response to the crisis among children and the impoverished within the primary goal of evangelization. As one response to the Bishops' Initiative on Children and Poverty, congregations may undertake specific actions to make their churches more responsive to the needs of children and their families in the church and community. This document comprises resources to assist churches that want to qualify as "A Church for All God's Children." Guidelines identify the steps to follow in qualifying for recognition. A Checklist details goals and activities to: (1) educate the congregation about the needs of children and the poor; (2) make the church facilities safe and welcoming for children and families; (3) reduce the risk of child abuse; (4) help children grow as faithful disciples; (5) involve children in the life of the church; (6) reach out to children in the community; (7) advocate for legislation and public policies that improve children's lives and lives of poor families; (8) relate to children around the world; and (9) build administrative supports for ministry with children and the poor. The document also includes a list of 45 resources to assist in the church's efforts. Finally, a reporting form is provided for use in detailing activity completion. (KB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Methodist Church, New York, NY.