This isn’t your average network 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, over 400 people–leaders, ministers, volunteers, parents, and students–gathered for Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity (CYNKC) in Washington, D.C., 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 a non-profit organization aimed at continuing the movement that began in Washington, D.C. Faith Forward gatherings strive to help leaders and partners in ministry re-imagine children’s and youth ministry through theology, relationship, and practice. 

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