First Third Conversations

No Parents/No Ministry

By Neil Christianson

Remember the last baptism you saw? It is a beautiful miracle to see! Through the water and the word, God claims one as his own and we see the transformation right before our eyes. God promises to work in the life of that individual and bring them to eternal life. What a promise! But that’s not all. There is a sacred promise made by the parents that I want you to think about.

In the service, the pastor says, “In Christian love you have presented this child for

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Resource: Strategies for Family Faith Formation

For the good of families and the whole Christian community, congregations can provide opportunities to equip homes as centers of faith formation at every stage of life. Congregations and youth ministries can make family faith formation a focus of everything they do as a church community, using an array of approaches and strategies to nurture faith at every stage of the family life cycle and in all the diverse forms and structures of the contemporary family. They can educate and

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Time – Do you spend or invest?

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

This past weekend was homecoming at the high school. Daughter #2 was excited about going to the dance, but a few weeks ago discovered her tennis team had an all-day tournament on the same day and, to complicate matters, it was over an hour away. Needless to say, both mom and dad were needed to make the day come together.

This past Monday Daughter #1 called from college. She was getting everything in

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Interview with CYF Prize Winner on "A Future I Trust In"

Interview of Karen Gieseke, CYF MA graduate and CYF Prize Winner 2012

Read Karen's full paper:

  • See Karen's Blog Post Here
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Resource for uncovering your vocation as Parent-Leader

For more ways to expand your thinking about pushing forward Karen Gieseke's ideas about the vocation of parents as leaders in the faith of their children, be sure to order: 

It is filled with both helpful content/reading and also applicable praxis.

Picture Parents are the most important factor in the healthy development and faith formation of their children and adolescents. 
The Fall 2011 issue

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A Future I Trust in: Identity and Vocation as the Parent-Leader

 

Here’s the next installment in the FirstThird summer reading series.  Our second CYF Prize winning thesis for 2012 was written by Karen Gieseke.  Karen is currently serving as a Children Youth and Ministry Coordinator for the Southeast Minnesota Synod of the ELCA. 

We’ve all been in conversations about the power of parents in faith formation, but Karen pushes us further by introducing us to idea of the Christian Parent-Leader as VOCATION in her CYF award-winning

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Terence Fretheim at Missional Church Consultation

"Thinking Deeply about Relationship: The Practical Adequacy of Our Understanding of the God-Human Relationship"

The word "relationship" pervades current reflections about God in the life of the church. What do we mean when we speak of "relationship?" How adequate is our understanding of the God-human relationship for our missional commitments and conversations? What will we teach our children about the relational God of the Bible, especially the God of the Old Testament?

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Young People, Divorce and Youth Ministry

Leveraging the Ecclesial Community to Create Ontological Security

by Andy Root

"If she regrets the union that created me, then who am I now? And where do I belong in the world?"

Related link:

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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.)

related link:

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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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