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Initiatives and Research

Sower SeedsThe way we do children and family ministry has changed over the years and continues to change. As ministry leaders it is important to be aware of the trends and research that is shaping current approaches to children’s ministry. On this page you will find resources that reflect the research and initiatives currently shaping approaches to the teaching, discipleship and spiritual formation of children and families.

In April 2016 the Canadian Baptist Youth & Family Team brought together 50 influential Canadian Baptist leaders from across the country – representing the wide diversity in our churches – to Niagara Falls for four days for the Canadian Baptist Youth & Family Ministry Forum. This gathering sought to reveal and address the obstacles and opportunities facing us as we engage and minister to 10 – 18 year olds in Canada. From the opening address by D. John H. Wilkinson, to the insights shared by our keynote facilitators – Dr. Dave Overhold, Dr. Ann Robbins, Dr. Steve Brown and Dr. Gary Nelson – and the deep and honest discussions by participants in cluster groups, came the cumulative voice we have titled The Imaginative Hope Report.

Download your copy of the report and engage with the ongoing discussion and resources here.