First Third Conversations

Full Circle Training Activity

 

 By Tom Schwolert

Influenced by relational faith circles

“To encircle young people with authentic, available, and affirming adults who support them in their faith and life journey.”

The traditional model of youth ministry asserts that if we build a youth group that is big and active, we will profoundly influence the faith of young people. The reality is that most faith-nurture happens outside the church walls in everyday life through the people that encircle and are intentional

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Place Matters: A Reflection on Mike King's Presentation

By Dr. Nancy Going

Place matters.

Mike King looks at both the church and the process of faith formation from a pretty unique perspective.  Longevity.   He has lived in Kansas City his whole life, and served the same parachurch organization—Youthfront for 36 years.  His organization figures that something like 1/4 of the population of the Kansas City area has been through their Youthfront camps. 

 That is impressive in and of itself.  But Mike’s longevity

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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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Congregation Resources on Ryan Bolger's presentation

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:

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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 

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?

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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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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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Thank you, Mrs. Jones: The Power of Words that Welcome

Sandy TroyanSandy Troyan, Luther Seminary student in Children, Youth and Family, weaves a powerful and timely story about the simplicity of connection for the development of faith.

"We really believe in the power of this message of welcome. We see the hope it creates. We see the transformative power it holds."

Download her article.

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Stewards of God's Story

Our lives are filled with stories that compete for space, and sometimes clash dramatically.

In this video, Pastor Tim Coltvet talks about the economic story facing children and youth and the "God Story" that is an important foundation against which the economic story can be heard.

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

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