This book fills the need for a fresh and comprehensive resource for doing the essentials for effective preschool Christian education in churches today. It has been written by a team of persons who have recognized expertise in their church ministry areas. Most have done extensive research in their subjects while others are experienced practitioners in the field of Christian education. All are active church members and leaders. This volume is designed to give sound biblical and theological foundations along with the best practices for preschool ministry in churches today. It includes a chapter on spiritual formation for the preschool age groups, gives guidelines for designing and conducting Bible teaching-learning for the age group, and provides guidance for developing, mentoring, leading and motivating volunteer leaders. The first chapter is given to the all age Bible teaching approach of Sunday School and small groups. An important chapter is provided on developing skills for securing support from the pastor, staff and the congregation. Additional chapters are provided on the essentials of ensuring quality teaching, attracting and reaching preschoolers and their families, providing facilities for an attractive learning environment, and developing a viable system of communications. A final chapter is on the essential of servant leadership and appropriate motivation of teachers and parents. WHO NEEDS THIS BOOK? University and seminary professors will find this volume a good choice for a supplemental textbook for preparing minister for church ministry. It will also be a valuable tool for pastors, staff leaders, and practitioners for training volunteer teachers and leaders in the local churches. Preschool Christian Education: 12 Essentials for Effective Church Ministry to Preschoolers and Their Families is part of a series that provides the essentials for effective church ministry to all age groups, as follows: Preschool Christian Education; Children’s Christian Education; Youth/Collegiate Christian Education; and Adult Christian Education.
Bernard M. Spooner, Ph.D., general editor, has a lifetime of experience in helping churches, including fifteen years as a local church minister and more than three decades as a seminary and university professor and denominational leader. He served as the first dean of what is now the Graduate School of Ministry of Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas.