First Third Conversations

What are we doing? Maturing Christian Young People

by Dr. Nancy Going

What's the goal of confirmation? Perhaps your church has made many "tweaks" to the process: new curriculum, dropped the tests for faith statements, changed from classroom to small groups, stopped requiring robes and had the students make stoles instead, or even moved the target ages. But are you asking the bigger question: What are we doing to help young people have maturing Christian faith?

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Art of Possibility

by Pastor Nancy Lee Gauche

Check out Tom Langemo's blog on the Art of Possibility!

Here’s some background in the form of a blog informing us what drives Coach Tom Langemo around “The Art of Possibility”.  You had a taste of this “art” at the First Third event on confirmation.  My challenge for all of us around the “art of possibility” is to remind us that faith is not ultimately secured by human effort.  Tom paints a picture of this process

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‘Affen Spiel’? How We Got Here

by Dr. Hans Wiersma

"Monkey Business"! That's what Martin Luther called the rite of confirmation as he knew it in his day. Luther's teaching helped inspire a renewed understanding of faith formation among young people.  That was 500 years ago.  What about today?

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Monkey Business Panel Discussion on Confirmation Video

Watch this video of the final panel discussion of Monkey Business: A First Third Dialogue on the Confirmation Process.

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Playing Out the Dialogue

As we explore confirmation, we need to move the dialogue into action.

Your ministry is a game worth playing in this life, and we want to help you set yourself up to win. There’s a great deal at stake! The goal-setting process below is to help you take what you’ve learned and design a way to bring it to life in your ministry: create a “winnable game”.

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Countdown to Monkey Business!

Just 3 more days until....

Monkey Business: A First Third Dialogue on the Confirmation Process

We are so excited to host 125 pastors, confirmation directors, volunteers and CHANGE AGENTS to think deeply about confirmation.

We'll be posting videos with the presenters, group coaches and panelists. Stay tuned for resources on how YOU can dig into confirmation in your context.

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So What’s Wrong with Confirmation?

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of Distributed Learning Children, Youth and Family Luther Seminary

My second real youth ministry job was in Germany.  My husband and I had just moved there so he could serve as a pastor in a German congregation.  After we got settled in, I really wanted to do youth ministry in some way again….so I got a position as a Katechetin.  Yep.  I was hired just to do confirmation classes.  Which I did in hour-long class after class for 7 hours a

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Andy Root's podcast discussing Confirmation

Listen to Dr. Andrew Root and Bethany Stolle as they discuss chapter 14 of The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry, by Andrew Root and Kenda Creasy Dean.

They dig into the topics of confirmation, catechism and doubt.

The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry Chapter 14
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Review of Missional Church Consultation posts

A Faithful Future: A Conversation about the missional church and the first third of life

The Seventh Annual Consultation on the Missional Church, held Nov. 4-5, 2011

  • Preview Video: Dr. Terri Elton discusses the Missional Church and the First Third of Life

"Cultivating a Consequential Faith in a Consumer-Driven World: From Object to Subject to Agent" by Dr. Terri Elton

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A Faithful Future: A Conversation about the Missional Church and the First Third of Life

by Dr. Terri Elton, Associate Professor Children, Youth and Family Ministry and Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary

Ministry with those in the First Third of Life and thinking about church missionally…two big, complex ideas which have captured the attention of many church leaders these days.  Two days in November gathered such leaders, initiated a particular conversation and revealed possibilities of what an extended dialogue might entail.

What surfaced?

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