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Understanding God’s Heart for Children: Toward a Biblical Framework

“Children create sanity in a mad world. They draw us back from our self-destructive habits of overwork, abuse, neglect, and callousness, and instead they bring tenderness, joy, and play.” Patrick McDonald, Viva Network.

With all the knowledge and technology our world collectively has, why are children everywhere being neglected? This book reminds readers that children are a key element in the human experience – not to be left out or ignored altogether.

Based on Viva Network’s 2005 Cutting Edge conference, this book seeks to delve deeper into the theological foundation for ministry to children – especially children at risk – by tracing the biblical narrative from Genesis to revelation.

Within the book, practitioners, teachers, and theologians from various organizations develop seven key themes that provide an overview of a kingdom approach describing our responsibilities to and for children. Helpful discussion questions are included at the end of every chapter to facilitate further thought and encourage the reader to put biblical principles into practice.

If churches and mission organizations are to seriously engage in a missional response to children at risk on a global scale, some radical changes must take place. This book delivers the picture of what those changes entail and how we are going to achieve them. One thing is certain – based on the patterns and mandates of Scripture, local churches must rise up as extended families and accept children into their midst.

About the Editors
Douglas McConnell, Ph.D., is the associate professor of leadership and dean of the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Jennifer Orona, M.A., is the Children at Risk publications coordinator at Fullers Theological Seminary.

Paul Stockley, M.A., is the children’s development worker at Oxford University.


Publisher: Independently published (3 Jan. 2019)
Language: English
Paperback: 310 pages
ISBN-10: 1793037302
ISBN-13: 978-1793037305
Dimensions: 15.24 x 1.78 x 22.86 cm


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