Faith Forward: a new direction for children & youth ministry


Faith Forward

I’m excited to say that I’ll be presenting in a breakout session for this relatively new conversation of a new way forward for children and youth ministry. (I believe mine is called “Stop Being the Answer” if you should decide to register.) It’s an event that our friend Brian McLaren introduced us to a couple of years ago in Washington, and this year it’s coming southward to Nashville.  Here’s their official release about the event:

FAITH FORWARD – Nashville, May 19-22, 2014
In 2012, hundreds of leaders, ministers, volunteers, parents, and students gathered in Washington, DC, for “Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity” (CYNKC) a groundbreaking gathering about spiritual formation, young people, and the future of the church. After the success of this event, CYNKC founder Dave Csinos launched Faith Forward as a not-for-profit organization aimed and continuing the movement that began at that historic event in Washington. Faith Forward is an ecumenical Christian organization that brings together forward-thinking leaders in children’s and youth ministry for collaboration, resourcing, and inspiration toward innovative theology and practice.
It’s with this vision in mind that Faith Forward will host its 2014 gathering in Nashville on May 19-22 ( By bringing together pastors, Christian educators, youth leaders, denominational representatives, parents, and allies, Faith Forward will push the boundaries of what it means to form faith with youth and children. The 2014 gathering will be unlike any other. Events include:
·         Presentations from an all-star lineup of speakers, including Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, Sandy Sasso, Anne Wimberly, Melvin Bray, Andrew Root, Mark Yaconelli, Ivy Beckwith, and many others
·         Unique workshops offered by cutting-edge practitioners and leaders
·         Music led by Aaron Niequist
·         A spoken word performance by teens from Southern Word
·         Resources and exhibits from all sorts of organizations
·         Opportunities to forge relationships across denominations, traditions, and perspectives
Join us in Nashville, May 19-22. Visit for more information and to register.

Faith Forward is presented in part by Shine: Living in God’s Light (


Come join us, and be sure to come let us know you’re there!


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