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Resource for Living in the Messy Reality of Faith

This article was originally posted on 8/7/2012 on FirstThird.org. We hope if you didn't catch it then, that you would find it useful presently!

As you live into the Messy Reality of Young People and Faith, here's a resource for meeting your youth where they are at.

John Roberto's book, Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith Formation, includes this chart of four scenarios. See the strategies for engaing in faith development for each person, no matter where they are coming from.


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Love God, Help Others, Jesus Loves You, repeat

By Julie Hagen

I am 29 weeks into my Church School calendar (only 4 more weeks but who is counting) and have a rotation of  the above themes over and over and over again. Please know I’m NOT sick of teaching kids to help others.  That will never get old!  I think we can dig deeper. In all of our discussion on mission trips over the last few months, I’m encouraged by how we can help children think beyond just ‘help others’. How can we teach them to discover

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Mr. Rogers and Mission

By Derek Tronsgard

Earlier this week the city of Boston was rocked by bombs and tragedy.  And ever since Monday, the 24-hour news cycle, the internet, TV, radio, and other media have been covering the fallout non-stop. 

And in the midst of all of the coverage and saturation of this event, one sentiment has gone viral.  I've seen it all over Twitter, my Facebook feed, on aggregator sites like Reddit, and even in everyday conversations with people.

This sentiment originated (as far

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Resources on Reclaiming the Servant's Heart for Mission

Want to dig deeper in the First Third conversation on mission?

Here are two books on mission experiences:

 

Mission Trips that Matter: Embodied Faith for the Sake of the World by Don C. Richter, Upper Room Books, 2008.

Missions Trips That Matter offers ways for leaders of short-term mission trips and service projects (sometimes called "servant trips") to mine the meaning of mission-trip experience. This approach will help groups refelct on life together as they prepare for, engage in, and

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People possibilities

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary

What happens on Mission Trips?  

Yes, kids get exposed to parts of the world that they haven't seen or experienced before.  

Yes, students have to come up against tasks that they think they aren't capable of.

Yes, kids learn about things they can do, and get drawn into God's purposes for their lives.

Yes, stopping and doing life for a week in a Christian community is a powerful experience.

Yes,

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Pain is Pain

by Andy Sahl

There’s an often-repeated (and actually true) story at the church I serve about a meeting our mission and outreach team once had with local leaders of a Honduran Community.  The team had just spent the week working on the schoolhouse for the local village and performing some medical services.  Having had a great experience, the team was ready to begin planning their next trip and next project.  In the heads of each of the “type A” mission and outreach

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The Day that Showed Us Not to Doubt

by Brook Hickle

I love my small town. Tucked against the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range in western Washington, Enumclaw is a great place to live – less than an hour from Seattle, beaches, and Mt. Rainier.  The downtown is welcoming and lined with businesses owned by people everyone knows. We’re all neighbors and friends.  Good schools, small family farms, beautiful scenery, and great people.

There are many things that we are not as well. We are not urban, or inner

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Justice in the Burbs

By Adam Butler

Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live, a book written by Will and Lisa Samson, explores what it means to “live justly” in this world no matter where you were born, where you live or how you’ve been raised. The book challenges us to think about how we live a Christian life of justice and the ways in which we can better live into the mission of God from wherever we call home. It presents an important exploration into the life of those who

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Do we have eyes to see?

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary

Yes, I’ll serve…but where am I needed? And what is needed?

After listening to numerous people, inside and outside the church, I’m convinced one of the reasons serving collapses into service projects or mission trips is because most of us don’t know enough about the real circumstances of our context. And without an understanding, our vision is limited – and we are blind

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Mission Trips – Why spend the money? Why go through the hassle?

By Derek Tronsgard

Last week I was asked “the question.”

You know...The question.   The question that every youth minister and/or pastor is asked whenever they are in the planning stages of a mission trip experience. 

It doesn't matter if you're going to Mexico, New Orleans, Wyoming, or somewhere in-between.  If you are a leader planning a mission trip for youth and you are heading somewhere more than 100 miles from your home-town, someone will ask you the question.

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