First Third Conversations

Living God's Love through Stewardship

A blog post by Grace Duddy 

For most people, stewardship is about paying the congregation’s bills. When they hear the word “stewardship” in a sermon or talk in worship they almost instinctually take out their wallet waiting for the “ask” for their money. Many church leaders choose not to talk about stewardship with children and youth because, in this model of stewardship, children and youth do not seem to have a lot to contribute due to their lack of a steady income.

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Do Your Thing

A blog post by Tom Schwolert 

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to live a life of significance. Ten months ago my perfectly healthy 17 year old son died due to complications from the flu. A few weeks ago, I resigned from my youth and family position, and I am in a time of transition. I also turned 50 over the summer. Oh, and my youngest daughter just turned 16.


Do Your Own Thing by Ibrahim Lujaz on Flickr

Yes, this past year has been like no other. I have struggled to find meaning

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Who Owns It?

MoneyA blog post by Grace Duddy

A few weeks ago I led an intergenerational adult forum called “Talking about Money Together” at a local congregation. Everyone from kindergartners to great-grandparents was invited to join in the conversation. During the forum, we discussed the various beliefs that feed our money habits. One belief that feeds many people’s money habits is: “My money belongs to me, and I can do with it what I want.”

 

Money Wallet by 401(K) 2012 on Flickr

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Intro to November's Theme: Stewardship

StewardshipA blog post by Terri Elton

It is November, a month set aside for giving thanks. What a great practice that is. Pausing and giving thanks is something we can't do enough. As you make your way toward Thanksgiving I encourage you to fully participate in this season's rituals. But our focus for this month is going to be on something deeper and wider than giving thanks. Our focus is going to be on the question, what is it to be a steward?

As we take a look at the word steward, we get a glimpse what

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Halloween Post: Is teaching kids about money too scary? - by Rev. Tim Coltvet

Pumpkin cousins

This article was originally posted on 10/20/2011. If you didn't catch it then, we hope you enjoy its message anew!

Dorothy C. Bass and Craig Dykstra once unpacked the meaning of Christian practices. They write: "By Christian practices we mean things Christian people do together over time to address fundamental human needs in response to and in the light of God's active presence for the life of the world. Thinking of a way of life as made up of a constitutive set of practices breaks a way of life

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What Does All This Mean?

ContemplateA blog post by Terri Elton

We’ve spent the month wandering through ideas, insights, resources, and research on younger adults, their understanding of faith, and implications for ministry. Each post offered a picture, a snap shot, of what’s important and meaningful for younger adults today.

We were reminded that Martin Luther was a younger adult when he reformed the church; we got a picture of the breadth and depth with which younger adults engage in ministry, among their peers and with

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Curiosity

CuriousA blog post by Kate Reuer Welton

"I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without

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Ministry Starts by "being with"

Summer StaffA blog post by Luke Halverson

What is one thing I have noticed about young adults?

Early on in the book of Job, Satan is granted power over Job’s life. From Job losing his children to having sores inflicted all over his body, Job endured enormous amounts of pain and loss. When Job’s friends heard of his pain, they sought to comfort him, but when they saw Job, they just sat with him for seven days and seven nights without speaking a word to him. They didn’t offer a ten step -- or

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The Next Ninety Five: Being A Young Lutheran in the 21st Century

Martin LutherA blog post by Isaac van Bruggen

Picture this: it’s the early 1500s, and you are a young Martin Luther. Disenchanted with some of the Church’s teachings, you begin to form your own ideas and question authority. You go rogue.

Do you ever wonder what it must have felt like to completely change the church in your thirties? Look around -- it’s happening again! What an empowering time to be a young adult in the Church. Understanding that there are exceptions, in this post I’ll

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Resource for Ministry with Young Adults, Installment #3

BibleA blog post by Terri Elton

Understanding young adults is one thing, but engaging them in ministry is another. This installment of resources will focus on two issues: Why are Christians who were connected with the church leaving? What about the faith and spiritual lives of young men?

Why are young adult Christians leaving?

There are several reasons, yet many young adults are open to reengaging. Knowing why young adults don’t feel like they are accepted in congregations is critical, but so

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