First Third Conversations

Reflection on the Missional Church Consultation presention by Terri Elton

Jesse Weissby Jesse Weiss, MA senior at Luther Seminary

A Redefined Childhood

In order to embrace a “Faithful Future,” we need to understand the influence of the consumer society on faith formation.  Dr. Terri Elton pointed us to the reality that Identity in American society had been based on tradition. Families went to church because that is simply what families had always been doing. Society has now shifted the place we find identity from tradition to consumption.  Consumption has become

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Missional Church Consultation on the First Third of Life

Dr. Terri Elton discusses the Missional Church and the First Third of Life

How does the church remain faithful, while also being open and imaginative?

The church finds itself at an important crossroads. Aspects of church are being questioned, new challenges are stressing current practices and old answers are not sufficient for current circumstances. In the midst of this reality, however, some believe that the future of the church has great promise.

Those participating in the Missional Church

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Raising Children: Fostering Faith in a Digital Age


Many parents feel overwhelmed and intimidated by the digital wizardry of their own children.  Kids as young as 8 and 9 can master an iPod and download apps that their parents haven’t even heard of, not to mention the popularity of the Wii, PS2, and various other gaming platforms. The almost immediate embrace of every new technology by children and youth leaves parents struggling to keep up.

The digital age raises particular challenges for parents, grandparents, pastors, youth workers,

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First Third Dialogues: Ministering to Children of Divorce

In September 2010, Luther Seminary's Center for First Third Ministry, hosted a First Third Dialogue on the topic of Children of Divorce.

This conference was for those on the front-lines of ministry with children and youth who know the realities of divorce. Participants shared their own powerful experiences of divorce and heard from experts in the field about the impact of divorce on youth and young adults particularly in regards to sociology and faith.

The goal was to provide space to share stories

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