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 …
by 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 …
"Cultivating a Consequential Faith in a Consumer-Driven World: From Object to Subject to Agent"
Dr. Terri Elton, Part 1 above
Click HERE for Part 2
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 …
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 …
The Exemplary Youth Ministry Study results indicate that churches seeking to develop an effective formation focus make three distinctive shifts.
They emphasize personal and community transformation understanding that, though programs are a necessary dimension of congregational life, they are a means toward an end and not the end itself. Christian formation is about turning believers into disciples of Jesus Christ, so that we are formed in Christ, both personally and as a community. …
In Disconnected: Parenting Teens in a MySpace World, Chap and Dee Clark take on a popular cultural myth that, sadly, most of us in youth ministry buy hook, line, and sinker: simply, that teenage youth do not want to spend time with their parents.
We often run into the smokescreen when recruitment for small groups comes around. We think, "I bet Jimmy or Janie’s mom/dad would be a great small group leader."
But, after planting the seed, we soon get the parent’s somewhat dejected …