First Third Conversations

Learning from Children

By Ashlea Denton, MA CYF graduate from Luther Seminary

When asked to come up with an example of learning from children, nearly every adult can quickly give a response.  Whether it be from their own child, a distant relation or a chance encounter, adults have been, often unconsciously, learning from children for generations.  Matthew 18:2-5 is often quoted when speaking of the role of children in the church and illustrates the importance of children,

"I'm telling you, once and for all,

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Congregation Resources relating to Cyber-Bullying

 

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
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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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Caught in the Current - by Terri Elton

Flowing river 3 by Ernst Vikne, on Flickr

I don't know about you, but as a family with children in school, this time of the year I get caught in the current.

Our family tries hard to be intentional about how we spend our time, who we spend our time with and what commitments we take on all year long, but this time of year it never works.

The annual transition from summer to fall feels like someone else takes over the reins at our house for about six weeks:

  • Those dinners we were going to have together were eaten on the run.
  • That weekly
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Timeonomics - Part 1: Quitting Church

Roland Martinson, academic dean of Luther Seminary and long-time expert in children, youth and family ministry, invites you into a story of encountering a man who has decided -- with his family -- to quit church!

Martinson helps to tease out valuable lessons about how the stewardship of time demands our greatest efforts as stewardship leaders in today's church.

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

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Stewarding God's Gift of Time by Tim Coltvet

Probably one of the finest lessons taught to me about time came from a wise and learned friend from Tanzania.

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As a part of our growing congregational partnership, we were able to spend time together as ordinary people learning from one another and listening deeply to what the other had to share.

"You see, Pastor Tim" he would say, "in America you have watches, but in Tanzania we have time!"

Implicit in his message was a critique of what he was seeing here in America -- busy people with

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Article: "On Beyond Zebra: Beyond Traditional Models for Children’s Ministry" by Amber Espinosa

Amber Espinosa, a recent Luther Seminary M.A. graduate, explores the changing face of children's ministry in her prize-winning article, "On Beyond Zebra: Beyond Traditional Models for Children's Ministry."

In the article, she riffs on Dr. Seuss' classic children's book, On Beyond Zebra!, where the young narrator invents letters beyond the conventional alphabet.

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