Date of Award

Summer 2023

Degree Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Joseph Kelley, PhD., D.Min.


There is immense growth during a child’s adolescent years. Children begin to identify likes and dislikes, embrace gifts and talents, and push boundaries to learn more about themselves in the process. The physical, psychological, social and emotional development of children is richly studied and researched. This paper argues that the spiritual side should receive just as much attention. Children have an inherent spirituality which they should be encouraged to engage, deepen, and develop as a natural aspect of their childhood experiences through intentional activities as provided by trusted and caring adults. This paper shares suggestions to support the development of the spiritual life of children through both structured and creative exercises.