Can little children lead? Involving children in church and communities
Rev Dr Kate Coleman is founder and co-director of Next Leadership, Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council and a Baptist minister. Her reflection, Inclusive leadership, describes how children’s worship can be both disarmingly truthful and very challenging. Drawing on Isaiah 11:1-9, she asks whether children can lead us and help us create communities which are richer for everyone.
We here in our church partnerships team are developing a brand new package of resources to help you listen to children’s voices and encourage their participation in your worship. We’re encouraging churches to engage in an on-going process of listening, reflection, worship and action, and will be giving you tools to help you listen to the voices of children and young people in your community.
Look out for our revised Leaves of Life materials, available from July.
This month's resources
In the meantime, don't miss these resources for you and your church:
- Kate Coleman’s reflection, Inclusive leadership, can be used for individual or group reflection, or your church magazine
- Read Isaiah 11:1-9, ‘And a little child will lead them…’
- Pray our prayers of the week, also written by Kate Coleman, or sign up to our Prayers to your inbox service to receive our monthly prayer email
- Have a look at our other monthly reflections
Our intergenerational work
Kate Coleman's reflection draws upon our work to make sure young people are heard and included in all aspects of their lives. Our intergenerational services work with young people and older people to improve their experience of living together in the community.
We create opportunities for young and old to interact with each other, and help create happier and stronger communities which engage both generations.
Learn more about our intergenerational services.