"Finding Ourselves in the Biblical Story"
What if reading Scripture wasn't about dates, places and people that lived a long time ago, but instead was about ourselves and the people we know and love today? And what if reading the Bible wasn't about learning facts about God but instead was about learning to see God -- alive, active, at work in the world and in our lives today? Then maybe our youth, and we ourselves, might want to pick up the good book!
By Laurie Neill, MDIV Children, Youth and Family senior at Luther Seminary
The reality that John Roberto brought to light for me was that it is not only possible, but beneficial, for the church to provide faith formation for anyone, anytime, anywhere, 24x7x365. While I know that our youth (and adults) are connected to each other on many different levels, and to many different circles (often at the same time), I never really envisioned ministry as something that would be provided at that same level …
By Tom Schwolert
Influenced by relational faith circles
“To encircle young people with authentic, available, and affirming adults who support them in their faith and life journey.”
The traditional model of youth ministry asserts that if we build a youth group that is big and active, we will profoundly influence the faith of young people. The reality is that most faith-nurture happens outside the church walls in everyday life through the people that encircle and are intentional …
By Dr. Nancy Going
Mike King looks at both the church and the process of faith formation from a pretty unique perspective. Longevity. He has lived in Kansas City his whole life, and served the same parachurch organization—Youthfront for 36 years. His organization figures that something like 1/4 of the population of the Kansas City area has been through their Youthfront camps.
That is impressive in and of itself. But Mike’s longevity …
"Envisioning the Future of Faith Formation in the First Third of Life"
The first decade of the 21st century has brought dramatic change affecting virtually every dimension of American religious life. How can faith formation in the first third of life address this new context? This presentation explores key questions for envisioning the shape and direction of faith formation in the first third of life.
We'd love for you to share THIS video with your congregational leadership. Yep, the senior pastor, but even better the entire church council.
We just read a pastor's thread today that talked about worship attendance in congregations being flat or down, while giving and the work of ministries are up. Participatory culture.
Use some of these questions to open the discussion after viewing the video:
- What evidence do you see of the cultural shifts that Ryan Bolger is talking about in our community? …
"Thrive: Curating Environments for Vibrant Faith Communities"
How do we move from being programmers who do events and programs that tend to create mere connections with adolescents, to youth workers who craft environments where young people inhabit transforming space and sustained Christian formation? Serving as a curator requires deep theological reflection and an inclusive posture, along with the acquisition and development of skills to shape an environment of transformation …
By Sandy Troyan, MA Children, Youth and Family senior at Luther Seminary
Conversation on the First Third of Life
The conversation is alive, yet holds two dominate perspectives:
- I am aware that the world around me is different. Things look different. People are different. And the very nature of our wants and needs are much different.
- I am aware of the world around me. This is the way things have always been. The people are like I always remember. And the very nature of my wants and needs …
"Following Jesus in Participatory culture: Faithful Living in a World Mediated by technology"
Dr. Ryan Bolger, Part 1 above
Click HERE for Part 2
Ryan Bolger examines how the social media revolution has reshaped daily life for those in the first third of life. In addition, he explores how these cultural changes impact churches. How might Christians pursue the reign of God in these new cultures?
Here are a couple of ways you can begin to get your church talking about and practicing the shaping power of living into a child of God identity rather than a consumer one, and address the issue of cyber-bullying at the same time.
- Here is a resource that …