Rita B. Hays is a passionate advocate for ministries with children and has served as a United Methodist pastor to children for more than twenty years. Hays is associate pastor for children's ministries at Connell Memorial UMC in Goodlettsville, TN. She taught Christian education classes at Lindsey Wilson College in KY. She has degrees from Mercer University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
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The Most Important Space in the Church

The Nursery  
Rita B. Hays
A strong children's ministry is the foundation for the future vitality of any church—whether it is a small family community or a robust neighborhood church. In The Most Important Space in the Church, Rita Hays emphasizes that evangelism and spiritual formation begin in the nursery. It is in the nursery that many visitors first interact with church members and experience an outpouring of warmth and acceptance—known as radical hospitality. By building a rich, spiritually rooted ministry with in...

The Children's Minister

Rita B. Hays
Your church's outreach to children and their parents are top-notch. The nursery and Sunday school classes are full and offer great faith-learning experiences. The daycare and parents-day-out services are thriving. But what if a child who's a part of your church family reveals his dog just died? Her mom and dad are divorcing? The family is moving to another city? These are pastoral (not programming) issues. Is your church prepared to be in ministry with children? To relate with children where ...