First Third Conversations

Experiential Learning: Let's not reinvent the wheel

Sarah BaneA blog post by Sarah Bane

A wise educator once told me, “Learning is the residue that’s left over after the experience is over.” If this is true, then how has our Christian witness invited us to experience and think about the world around us? In the case of Abraham and Sarah, God said to Abraham, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name

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Communities of Practice

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary

I love change. Most people don't, but I do. Get this, I even love to move. The actual physical process of moving itself. I know, pretty crazy, right? Of course, I get overwhelmed at some point too, but I love the pure change of picking up myself and my stuff and bringing it to a new place and new circumstances.

And yet, I also hear so many of my ministry friends deeply struggling with change. Whether we like

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Awe

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary

I just had dinner with friends last week.  I hadn't seen them in a couple of years. Most importantly, I hadn't seen their son who happens to be developmentally disabled.  And when I had seen him last, I had never spent a lot of time with him.  It was just a very occasional dinner at their house over the course of a couple of years.  There is so much that limits this wonderful son, much that

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Camp and Church

By Neil Christians

  In view of the upcoming conference at Luther Seminary on November 26-27 entitled “Why Can’t Church be More Like Camp” , I thought that I’d write a pre-event blog and pose a few questions for us as a community to think about.

Philliber Research Associates and the American Camp Association did a study. That looked into the impact of camp on children and youth. This is the largest research study of camper outcomes every done in the United States

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Eli's Transformation

We are getting excited about our  upcoming First Third Dialogue  titled "Why Can't My Church Be More Like Camp? The Power of Immersion Learning in Faith Formation." We've only got a couple of spots left, so register today!

We wanted to start this conversation because we think there is a lot that churches can learn about faith formation from camps.  We asked  Mike King  of YouthFront in Kansas City and  Paul Hill  of current president of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries

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Celebrity and Spiritual Formation?

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary

Crowds have been a part of Youth Ministry culture since Youth Ministry began. The Christian Endeavor Movement found itself with 50,000 attending its 1895 meeting.  Denominations started their own fellowships in response, and many still hold large events that are a fixture in the youth ministry calendars of their churches.  With large events come celebrities, people who excite the crowd. Large churches

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Why Can't My Church Be More Like Camp?

Have you seen the topic of our upcoming First Third Dialogue ?

We wanted to start this conversation because we think there is a lot that churches can learn about faith formation from camps.  We asked Mike King of YouthFront in Kansas City and Paul Hill of current president of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries and Executive Director of Vibrant Faith Ministries to be our presenters and tee off the conversion.  

Here's a little teaser from Paul….. 

Why Can’t Church Be More Like

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Listening to Old Ideas and the Wisdom of Elders

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary

I don’t know about you, but music often speaks to my soul. Music has a way of drawing me deeper into my own human experience, while also moving me out of myself connecting me to the world and the greater human community. Theologian, colleague and friend, Christian Scharen, understands what I’m talking about, this connection between music and the human experience. In the current issue of Immerse

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The Child

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary

  My niece is a lively, energetic preschooler. She is curious and asks lots of questions. And she has opinions, and isn’t afraid of sharing them. I love my time with her, as I introduce her to new things and she invites me to enjoy life’s ordinary moments.

Last Thursday night in class we wrestled with the question… what is the call of childhood? And what does faith formation entail?

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Attention Parents! We Need You!

By Julie Hagen

This fall my congregation began a new format for our children's church school. We need a significant larger amount of leadership from parents than years past and I've discovered that much of my job is finding ways to communicate the importance of being involved. We need parents to be a part of the ministry that is happening each week.   Nancy Going recently blogged about The Race we, as the church, find ourselves in against all of the other things children have going on in their

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