Canadian theologian, speaker and author Dave Csinos was recently in Australia for the first time to deliver a series of seminars on the issues of re-imagining faith formation, faith formation in smaller churches, and the end of Sunday school – and why that’s a good thing.
A global leader in the delivery of faith formation, Dave is the founder and president of non-profit organisation Faith Forward, which aims to bring together children’s and youth ministry leaders to inspire the development of innovative theology and practice.
The Centre for Theology & Ministry helped to ensure Dave could deliver his message to regional centres Ballarat and Geelong and the Mountain View Uniting Church in Mitcham in the first week of May. As well as the UCA events he presented in Dandenong and Mulgrave, and all up 270 people registered with the Centre to hear him speak.
Dave said he was pleased with both the numbers of people attending and their knowledge of faith formation issues.
“I’ve been seeing many of the same challenges and opportunities in Australia that we have in Canada and the United States,” Dave said.
“But in many ways you’re more advanced than we are and a little more towards where we’re headed.”
In Australia for two and a half weeks, the Nova Scotia resident’s last night in Victoria was spent at the Centre for Theology & Ministry’s Maclean House before a final seminar and the long return flight to Canada. After that Dave has plans to continue to deliver the message of the need for churches to be innovative in the development of faith formations, and the United States is where he’s headed next.
If you missed Dave’s seminars his books Children’s Ministry that Fits and Children’s Ministry in the Way of Jesus will get you up to speed on his thinking.