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Gospel-Telling [Paperback]

By Richard J. Coleman (Author)
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Pages   162
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.44" Width: 5.84" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.51 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2003
Publisher   CSS Publishing Company
ISBN  078801949X  
EAN  9780788019494  


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When was the last time you took a moment to consider the purpose and effectiveness of your children's sermons? After all, nothing is more important than sowing the seeds of faith early in life. In this comprehensive look at all aspects of preaching the gospel to young people, Richard Coleman challenges you to examine your approach with a critical eye and gives you plenty of practical guidance for developing simple, direct messages that help children form a relationship with Jesus Christ. In the first section of Gospel-Telling, Coleman discusses what constitutes meaningful children's sermons, offering a thoughtful rationale for the idea that we must proclaim the gospel so youngsters experience God's love. You'll learn how you can mine your own experience for inspiration and proclaim gospel stories that flow from your specific circumstances. Then in the second portion of the book you'll see this process at work, with over 30 examples illustrating several different types of children's sermons. Whether you're a pastor, Christian educator, or engaged in the teaching ministry, you're sure to profit from the practical advice and in-depth reflection in these pages. With Gospel-Telling, you'll be equipped to share with young people the Good News -- with creativity and theological integrity.

Publishers Description
When was the last time you took a moment to consider the purpose and effectiveness of your children's sermons? After all, nothing is more important than sowing the seeds of faith early in life. In this comprehensive look at all aspects of preaching the gospel to young people, Richard Coleman challenges you to examine your approach with a critical eye and gives you plenty of practical guidance for developing simple, direct messages that help children form a relationship with Jesus Christ.
In the first section of "Gospel-Telling," Coleman discusses what constitutes meaningful children's sermons, offering a thoughtful rationale for the idea that we must proclaim the gospel so youngsters experience God's love. You'll learn how you can mine your own experience for inspiration and proclaim gospel stories that flow from your specific circumstances. Then in the second portion of the book you'll see this process at work, with over thirty examples illustrating several different types of children's sermons.
Whether you're a pastor, Christian educator, or engaged in the teaching ministry, you're sure to profit from the practical advice and in-depth reflection in these pages. With "Gospel-Telling," you'll be equipped to share with young people the good news -- with creativity and theological integrity.
"Gospel-Telling is an enriching book that treats children with the spiritual respect they deserve. Richard Coleman understands the transformative language of children -- play and metaphor -- and shows how our weekly children's sermons can reach the heart of the child and not simply the mind of the adult. This is a must-have resource for educators and pastors alike."
Mickie O'Donnell
Executive Director, Children's Ministries of America
"Richard Coleman understands the core of the biblical message as well as the learning processes of children and puts them together in theory and practice. This is a valuable treatment of a too long neglected topic."
Rev. Ray Kostulias
Pastor, First Congregational Church
Park Ridge, New Jersey
Author of "Character Witness" and "I Witness"
Richard J. Coleman has served as the teaching minister of a university church, the pastor of a small-town congregation, and the director of an interdenominational inner-city Christian center. He has published children's sermons, leadership training articles, and seasonal devotionals, as well as books on the dialogue between science and theology and the dialogue between Evangelicals and Liberals. Coleman is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Princeton Theological Seminary.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard J. Coleman is a minister in the United Church of Christ, a participant in the pastor-theologian program sponsored by the Center for Theological Inquiry at Princeton, and the author of Issues of Theological Conflict. He lives in Pembroke, Massachusetts.

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I Wish I Had Read This Years Ago!  Oct 29, 2006
Giving a children's sermon is a complex task, difficult to do well. Biblical and theological understanding, an awareness of child development, and speech communication skills are needed. Coleman shines as he wisely discusses these in Part I, the theoretical and practical foundations section. I recognized mistakes I made in the past, but Coleman readily admits he fell into the same traps before he studied it so carefully. The key, he says, is to give an opportunity for kids (and adults who are listening in) to be met by the gospel of Christ. We are to present a message that opens up the meaning or significance of a biblical passage, rather than retelling stories and leaving kids to try to figure them out alone. Part II provides a variety of types of sample children's sermons. I look forward to sharing Coleman's insights with the volunteers who lead children's messages in my congregation. I highly recommend this book to pastors, Christian educators, and church leaders. It should be required reading at seminary!
 
The Only Book of Its Kind!  Oct 14, 2006
Preachers need to read brief theological books on preaching every couple of years. Whether it is Barth, Craddock, Stott etc. we need to get someone else's perspecitive. It is vital that someone shakes up our thinking from time to time. The truth is that Coleman's book is the only book that does just that concerning children's sermons! Yes, the book does have some helpful sermons that one can use but that is not the greatest strength of this wonderful book. The book challenges us to look at what we are doing critically. I have been preaching children's sermons weekly for over twenty-five years. This is the first book that I have read on the subject that asks the tough questions. Yet I must admit much of the book encouraged me. It affirmed certain conclusions that I had reached on my own. In the end the book has made me more confident in directions I have taken such as often working with a puppet and some times merely reading a good children's picture book where Jonah is a mouse and the Ninevites are cats. His understanding of law and gospel in relation to what children need was very helpful and is usually missed in the normal "moralistic" children's sermon. I highly recommend this brief and thought provoking book. I wish that I had read this book in seminary!!!!!
 
Gospel Telling  Aug 16, 2006
Gospel Telling is more than just a compilation of children's sermons, although there are plenty of wonderful children's sermons in this useful book! Coleman explores the theology behind children's messages, leading the reader to think about his or her own theology. This thoughtful book will help the busy pastor or Christian education director reassess why we need children's messages in worship. In addition, it is a book that encourages preaching the Good News to children in theologically sound ways. Part II demonstrates ways to put the theology explored in Part I into practice with sample messages in a wide variety of styles. I wholeheartedly recommend this practical and inspiring book.
 
Gospel Telling: The Art and Theology of Children's Sermons  Aug 1, 2006
Richard Coleman takes a refreshing, new look at the art of children's sermons and Biblical storytelling. This book challenges the pastor or Christian educator to look beyond moral tales and worldly wisdom and into the transforming love of God. Helping children to experience Jesus and his teachings first hand is the work of the storyteller, and Christian formation rather than Christian education is the goal. With a clear understanding of child development and how childen hear stories, Coleman says that children's sermons must be "simple, direct, dramatic, and participatory." Over 30 sermons of various styles are included with helpful suggestions about delivery, choice of language, imagery, and possible use of objects, although Coleman cautions that the "object lesson" alone is not enough. The sermons are often open-ended, allowing children to draw their own conclusions and brief enough to encourage embellishment and creativity on the part of the storyteller. This slim volume is an excellent resource for beginners and seasoned storytellers alike.
 

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