Ministry Approach

I view children as present-day disciples (not just future or preparatory ones!) whose full participation in the life of a congregation draws all of the body of Christ into deeper faithfulness.  Centered in love of God and neighbor, I understand spiritual formation as fostering a way of seeing and perceiving the world through Jesus that shapes our every thought and action. Because children are often such kinesthetic and tactile learners, I seek to create interactive educational spaces that promote wonder, exploration, and meaningful experiences with God.  And, recognizing the primary environment for children is the home, I also understand family faith formation as a vital component of children’s ministry.

Core Values for Remote Support

Love of God and neighbor

A spirit of listening

Connecting a congregation’s inherent gifts and graces with God’s possibility

Accessibility and ease of use

Clear, timely communication

Informed, relevant ministry practices

Rachel Doboney Benton

Rachel Doboney Benton

A graduate of Wofford College (BA in Religion & History) and Duke Divinity School (Master of Divinity with a Certificate in Christian Education), I am a United Methodist Christian Educator with over 15 years of professional experience in Children’s Ministry and Family Faith Formation.

I am especially passionate about intergenerational ministry, children’s spirituality, faith-at-home resources, incorporating children in worship, Godly Play, Eucharistic theology, Christian practices, seeking God in the everyday, and social justice.

I reside in Winterville, North Carolina with my husband and two children who remind me of (and teach me about!) God’s grace and expansive love each day.

Some of my work can also be found here:

ResourceUMC – Pentecost in a Box

Building Faith – More than Just a Busy Bag

Building Faith – Building Connections between Feelings & Faith