First Third Conversations

Brenda Olson at Missional Church Consultation

"Urban Ministry and the First Third of Life -- Joint Venture: The Missional Call to Accompaniment"

Youth ministry in the urban context is really about a missional call to the accompainment of young people. The idea is that God walks with us and therefore we walk with young people that we are in relationship with.


Brenda Olson is the Mission Development Director of First Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN and Director of Bay Lake Camp.

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David Lose at Missional Church Consultation

"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!

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John Roberto at Missional Church Consultation

"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.

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Mike King at Missional Church Consultation

"Thrive: Curating Environments for Vibrant Faith Communities"

Mike King

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

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Dr. Ryan Bolger at Missional Church Consultation

"Following Jesus in Participatory culture: Faithful Living in a World Mediated by technology"

Dr. Ryan Bolger, Part 1 above 

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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?

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Dr. Terri Elton at Missional Church Consultation

"Cultivating a Consequential Faith in a Consumer-Driven World: From Object to Subject to Agent"

Dr. Terri Elton, Part 1 above 

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In a world where bullying is the top news story and teens are becoming defined by their technology, how are today’s children and youth going to discover a Christian way of life? In this presentation, Terri Elton critiques our predominate societal understanding of human identity in light of those in the first third of life, re-examines

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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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Kids and Money with Carrie Carroll

Carrie Carroll, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment at Luther Seminary, talks about kids and money.

(This video was developed in collaboration with Luther Seminary's Center for Stewardship Leaders.)

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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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