First Third Conversations

Social Media: Why one youth director chooses to embrace it

facebookA blog post by Sarah Bane

My relationship with Facebook has been contentious throughout the years. I can still remember when Facebook made its debut on my college campus, and I intentionally made the decision that I was not going to get sucked in. Witnessing countless friends become slaves to their virtual communities, I wanted no part in their Facebook.

In the summer of 2006, a camp coworker sent me an email request to join Facebook. The only thing stopping me from having an account created was

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Preparation, Action, Reflection and Celebration = Transformation!

 

Trinity Lutheran College is continuing its study on what makes service projects and mission trips transformational. It’s all part of the SALLT (Service And Learning Leadership Team) program. What they have found is so vital that they have even developed and APP to help leaders through this process. Check it out at www.sallt.org/store.

 This information was so vital that we structured the Practice Justice day at the last Lutheran National Youth Gathering all around this four-step

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Open your eyes to the community around you

By Eric Elton, Mission Outreach Director at Prince of Peace Church in Burnsville, MN

Ah yes … the mission trip.  As many of us know, on these trips, God often takes us to a new mountaintop place.  A place we may have never been before spiritually.  We return home … we are fired up ... we are going to trust that the fire will continue … until Monday morning, when we start checking emails and voicemails.  “I will get back to that flame on Wednesday. “

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Reflections on a Mission Trip

By Pastor Nancy Lee Gauche

It has been a rich dialogue on mission over the past month. As I reflect on this trip, I will bracket some key practices that shape my understanding around outreach and short-term mission to add to the conversation.  Enjoy!

Not too long ago I led a Women’s Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. http://doulosdiscovery.org/    [Know your audience, this women’s trip is different from intergenerational trips I’ve led]   My goal

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Resources on Reclaiming the Servant's Heart for Mission

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

Webinar: Inculturating the Gospel; Dr. Colleen Windham Hughes

 

A webinar from the Practice Discipleship Initiative by Dr. Colleen Windham Hughes, or California Lutheran University.

 

Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence by David A. Livermore (Apr 1, 2006)

Serving with Eyes Wide Open helps Christians understand the changing face of Christianity and how that affects short-term

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The Gospel without Gunpowder

By Jake Sorenson

Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to Tokyo, Japan with my wife. Besides celebrating our 10th anniversary, the occasion for our trip was my college roommate’s marriage to a wonderful Japanese girl. My roommate traveled to Japan in 2005 with the Young Adults in Global Mission program of the ELCA. I expected him to return to the good old USA in a year or two, but he decided to stay in Tokyo to teach English. After a while, I figured it had to be about a girl, so I was

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Turn off your cell phones and commit to this space

by Colleen Windham-Hughes, Assistant Professor Assistant Professor in Religion; Director, Theology and Christian Leadership Program; Associate Director, Center for Equality and Justice at California Lutheran University

When I think of culture I like to keep yogurt in mind. For yogurt and for people culture means conditions that foster life and growth. Now, this certainly does not mean that all of culture is life-giving, but it does mean that people are aiming what helps them live and grow and

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The Changing Frontiers of Urban Mission: Beyond The Great White Hope

by Daniel White Hodge, PhD, Assistant professor of youth ministry & director of The Center For Youth Ministry Studies, North Park University, Chicago, Ill

The ministry flaunted itself as a “community leader”; an organization that was “for youth in the city” and “creating relationships across cultures.” The ministry had been in the city for a decade, had city wide support and a major funder who requested all its money go to “urban needs.” The youth

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A Compelling, Biblical Case for Relationship

Terence Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, talks about prayer and relationship with God.

"God understands what a healthy relationship entails, and that means communication on the part of both parties. . . What people have to say to God in this relationship counts!"

Fretheim says that biblical understandings of prayer can show us what it means to be connected, and how to make that connection.

Fretheim will be one of the presenters at "A Faithful Future: A Conversation

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Timeonomics - Part 2: Time Stealers

[Part 2 in a series. See also Timeonomics, Part 1: Quitting Church]

Roland Martinson, academic dean of Luther Seminary and long-time expert in children, youth and family ministry, discusses the challenges that families face when it comes to devoting time to each other and to church.

Martinson shares tips on how to make time for reflection within families and in the church community, and discusses how the stewardship of time demands our greatest efforts as stewardship leaders in today's church.

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