Episode 52 of the How We Do Digital Ministry podcast features Dr. Karen-Marie Yust and Dr. Erin Reibel from Real Kids Real Faith. Karen-Marie, Erin, and Charlotte Elia discuss nurturing children’s spirituality online, growing in faith through questions rather than dogma, and seizing this opportunity for innovation.
“The combination of the diminishing Sunday school and the reliance on online resources means that children’s ministry needs to move toward providing those more direct resources to families, even if families are still intersecting with the church. Because on a Tuesday afternoon, when a parent is thinking, ‘My child is asking this question and I don’t know how to explore this issue with them,’ they’re not going to wait until the next Sunday they’re in church to ask their pastor about that. They’re going to Google it.”Dr. Karen-Marie Yust
“Your traditional Sunday school lesson is about putting information into a child, and what we are opting to do instead is to open up an avenue for them to explore their own spirituality.”Dr. Erin Reibel
Listen to the full episode as Karen-Marie and Erin talk about these topics:
[2:55] Growing Spiritually Through Exploring Questions
[6:12] Changing Landscape of Children’s Ministry
[9:53] The Innovation Hub
[13:39] Children’s Ministry in the Digital Space
[18:26] A Word to Congregations
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