Why does the Child Theology Movement (CTM) exist?
In obedience to Jesus’ revolutionary action of placing a child in the midst of a key theological discussion (Matthew 18), CTM is committed to reform all theological reflection and enquiry ‘with a child in the midst’ and to ensure that theology of this kind informs every aspect of the church’s life and mission, including that which relates to children.
How does CTM expect to fulfil this commitment?
CTM encourages all followers of Jesus and others to explore and engage with Child Theology by various means including:
- Facilitating workshops and consultations;
- Publishing printed and digital materials;
- Contributing to symposia, conferences, private meetings, development of curricula, etc;
- Holding open-ended theological conversations with partnering organisations and individuals, such as:
– Denominational leaders and thinkers;
– Seminaries and other theological research and teaching institutions;
– Organisations that work with and for children (advocacy, care, equipping).
What values guide CTM in its work?
CTM has the following key values:
- To be a global movement, culturally aware and sensitive;
- To include and learn from minorities, the marginalised and the unempowered;
- To be non-hierarchical and to prepare for CTM to cease to exist as an organisation in 2022;
- To follow Jesus in seeking the kingdom of God of which the child is a key sign, thus valuing the spiritual life of children without making them the focus of our activity;
- To hold respectful dialogues with the Scriptures, current Christian theologies and the world; and
- To listen and to respond to others.
As registered in the founding documents, the objectives of CTM are:
The advancement of the Christian Religion, primarily but not exclusively by the carrying out of research and education on the nature and significance of children, especially as represented in Christian Religion by the teachings and practice of Jesus Christ; and by the training of church leaders to support the ministry of the Christian Church to children worldwide.