Future plans for “We Make the Road with Kids”

This picture encapsulates everything I know about parenting.

Here’s what you can look for in the coming months in this section of the site:

  1. A constantly-evolving set of 52 pages, packed with resources for engaging kids with each of the 52 chapters of Brian McLaren’s We Make the Road by Walking.
  2. A way to receive the resources in weekly emails, in synch with Brian’s recommended calendar, starting on August 31.
  3. Resources organized according to age group, learning modality, and spiritual style (See my friend Dave Csinos for more on children’s spiritual styles).
  4. New ways to interact with other parents and church folks.  We are, after all, making this road together.

More ideas for the future:

  • Publishing a children’s Bible featuring the primary texts of all 52 chapters.  I can write but not draw; anybody know a good children’s illustrator??
  • Resources for inter-religious groups, still organized around Brian’s 52 chapters, but drawing more on texts and practices from outside Christian traditions.
  • Resources for adults wanting to go deeper into the ideas and practices raised in the 52 chapters — films / documentaries / TED talks to watch, books to read, spiritual practices to try, organizations to get involved with, and more.
  • An expanded 3-year lectionary based on the the big overall Bible storyline outlined in the book.  Brian has provided a set of central stories and texts which can serve as anchor points for continued study and conversation.  A next step will be to bring in more and more of the other Bible texts to enrich this ever-evolving ecosystem of generous Christian communities.


What do you think?  Any other ideas?  Leave comments!


  1. Gilda says:

    This is brilliant! I am so very inspired by the resources you have put together to complement Brian’s book. For the past several months, I’ve been reading intensively about faith formation for people of all ages, and your work fits so perfectly to illustrate much of what I have learned and wondered about.

    Our congregation plans to use We Make the Road by Walking as our core resource in the coming year, with people of all ages learning in community. Your experiences and resources give some excellent insights into how we can proceed in ways that will be meaningful and relevant to all. Thanks again, and be sure to sign me up for your weekly emails!

    1. Thx Gilda! I do think the All-Ages-Together model is a smart choice. One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is: When I talk with other adults, am I doing so in a way that is hospitable to the children who are nearby? What are ways I can engage with other adults in ways that draw kids in rather than exclude them? I think movies and other videos can be a kind of common language that can help bridge that gap.

  2. Evan Lenz says:

    This is so cool. We’re starting into the book in September with our adult Sunday school class, but I love this idea of doing it with my family too (kids ages 14, 11, & 8).

    1. Hey thx, Evan! I would love to hear about how it goes with your kids, especially with the wide-ranging ages of your kids. I have this intuition that a single conversation can include people of all ages, but I haven’t figured it out yet.

      1. Roberta McKay says:

        What wonderful ideas! Our congregation is using the book as a resource, including our small groups. Please include me in your weekly emails!

        1. Thx Roberta, and yes I will certainly add you to the list. I look forward to hearing about how the book works with your small groups!

  3. Can’t thank you enough for this! Not that I want our littlies to grow up too quick, but I can’t wait tip they’re a little older so we can crack into this goodness! (Chris – probably should get my own Disqus account)

  4. Mika says:

    Looking forward to hearing more about this!

    1. Hey Michaela, are there any particular things above that you’re interested in hearing more about? I’m trying to get more of a feel for what people are wanting…

  5. Jez Bayes says:

    Currently using this in my family and in our miniscule church group. We’re not great at the disciplined routine, but this is very helpful, esp for our 10 year old. Thanks!

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