Faith-Based Programs

Spiritual facilitators—pastors, youth pastors, counselors, camp counselors—anyone in a position to help, lead, or mentor others can find many helpful resources among our titles.  Our experiential education books include those that are specific to spiritual formation.  You will also find the perfect resources for building community, strengthening relationships, learning leadership and followership skills, and generally guiding others on the adventure of life.



Books for Faith-Based Programs

Adventure and the Way of Jesus: An Experiential Approach to Spiritual Formation

Greg Robinson, PhD

What things are best suited to help others grow spiritually, and what equipment is at the disposal of the spiritual facilitator?” Spiritual facilitators help others through their own presence, the conditions they create and maintain, and the effective use of questions to point, nudge, direct, and teach those who want to learn. One of the best contexts for discovery is experiential learning. This is a type of learning that requires action, reflection, and an undetermined result. In a word, spiritual formation requires adventure.

Lessons of the Way: Using Adventure Activities to Explore the Way of Jesus

Greg Robinson, Ph.D.
Mark Rose

Lessons of the Way is a unique and comprehensive approach to spiritual formation and discipleship to Jesus that is grounded in the knowledge and use of experiential education. Stories, scriptures, activities and questions create the basis for action, reflection, change and growth. Here is an in-depth, practical resource for facilitators and leaders who want to embrace and share the foundational truths of spiritual formation found in its forerunner, Adventure and the Way of Jesus.

Games for Change: Group Activities with Creative Spiritual Concepts on the Side

Tim Dodds, BS
Lisa Prosser-Dodds, MSEd, LPC, NCC
& friends

Adventure or experiential education is a powerful way to reach young people. Games are a great way to share some of life’s most important lessons in a way that is open and fun. All the necessary components are incorporated—activity objectives, essential props, specifications of group and space sizes required, clear directions, and suggested processing questions. Each activity also includes an optional “spiritual insight” from some of the world’s many religions.

The Me I See 2nd Edition: Learning Through Writing and Reflection

Wood 'N' Barnes Collective

The Me I See is designed to be used by educators, counselors, and therapists as a tool to help adolescents express themselves, reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and motivations, and explore the issues that shape their lives. The journaling exercises will help them learn about who they are as individuals. The exercises will give them some insights to cope with the stressors of being an adolescent and to interact positively with the world around them.

Portable Teambuilding Activities: Games, Initiatives, and Team Challenges for Any Space

Chris Cavert & Friends

This book is filled with a variety of teambuilding activities with a range of challenge levels.These activities can be used with middle and high school students, college students, and adult groups of all ages and backgrounds. Most of the challenges require easy-to-find props and equipment, others require some extra effort before you play. All the activities can be resources to add to powerful and positive pro-social development programs.

Adventure, Play, Peace: Insights and Activities for Social-Emotional Learning and Community Building With Young Children

Nancy MacPhee Bower

Does your community become more caring simply because you are playing together? Quite possibly, yes. AND, we can certainly add education within the play setting, giving children “lessons” along the way. These lessons are the insights and wisdom about being a good person, making friends, being peacemakers and much more.

Leading Together: Foundations of Collaborative Leadership for the Classroom

Laurie Frank
Carol Carlin
Jack Christ, PhD

Leading Together provides a thorough and straightforward foundation for teaching the roles and responsibilities of collaborative leadership in the classroom, grades 8 – 12. Students learn how the strengths of relationships—the power of people working together—can make change, achieve goals, and help them meet the challenges they face. The exercises, readings, and activities encourage students to reflect on their own experiences in order to develop leadership skills and values.

Connecting Children to Nature: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators

Michael L. Bentley, Michael P. Mueller & Bruce Martin

This is a practical, how-to book. The chapters in this book, written by professionals from backgrounds in both school and informal education, offer examples and activities utilizing many outdoor settings, from backyard and neighborhood to study abroad. You will find fresh ideas and useful resources for parenting infants to teens and college students, or teaching pK-16, or even teaching teachers, and it is all about the theory and practice of introducing children of all ages to the phenomena of nature and building upon their experiences to grow their naturalist intelligence and critical conscience.

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