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Date of Award

2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

Department

Divinity College

Supervisor

Joyce E. Bellous

Language

English

Abstract

In this study, David Csinos explores the realms of children's spirituality and object relations theory in order to discover the effects of church environments on children's experiences with God. However, after conducting over thirty qualitative interviews with thirteen children, the author discovered that what had the greatest effect on the participants' experiences with God and their church environments was their dominant spiritual personality. He then outlines the four spiritual types-head, heart, mystic, and kingdom-and, based on the data collected from the thirteen children, discusses important characteristics of each personality. Finally, he offers churches and ministry leaders suggestions as to how to be inclusive of children of all spiritual personalities.

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