This isn’t your average gathering for children’s and youth ministry leaders!

Something is happening in the church. Fresh expressions of Christianity are taking root and growing across the globe. Forward-thinking approaches to ministry, worship, and community are emerging. Questions are being asked. Lines of division are being crossed. And change is happening in all sorts of Christian traditions and denominations. But what does the spiritual formation of children and youth look like in the midst of these changes?

In May of 2012, 425 leaders, ministers, volunteers, parents, and students gathered for Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity (CYNKC) in Washington, DC, to ask and seek answers to this very question. Over four days, conversations were sparked, questions were raised, and new practices were forged surrounding how to nurture faith in youth and children in ways that are innovative, forward-thinking, honest, and faithful to our contemporary contexts.

Since this gathering, the team behind CYNKC founded Faith Forward as an organization aimed at continuing the movement that began at that conference in Washington, DC. Faith Forward is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together children’s and youth ministry leaders for collaboration, resourcing, and inspiration toward innovative theology and practice.

Faith Forward gatherings seek to help leaders and partners in ministry re-imagine children’s and youth ministry through theology, relationship, and practice. Our 2015 gathering will take place at St. James Cathedral and Commons in downtown Chicago, April 20-23.

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