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Lessons in Faith Formation

This post was originally published on 7/12/2012

By Paul Cannon, MDIV CYF graduate of Luther Seminary

The LDS (Latter-Day Saints) church is often referred to as the quintessential American religion, and despite misgivings about the faith on the part of many mainline Protestant Christians (MP), the description is apt.  Regardless of how you feel about the beliefs, structure and mission of the Latter-Day Saints, their success is quite undeniable.  Though the LDS church is perhaps known

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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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The Spirit Creator: Sowing Seeds of Hope through Environmentally Focused Children, Youth and Family Ministry

By Keith Long, MDIV CYF graduate of Luther Seminary

Something is amiss in how we engage and educate young people in their lives of faith. It is disheartening to witness the disappearance of youth and families from the church. Decreased attendance leads to less risk-taking, which in my opinion, leads to apathy and boredom. As a result, I think we have lost a tremendous amount of passion in passing on the faith and what matters most in our lives as Jesus followers. Conviction and belief ought to be

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God and ... Gaming?!? The World of Today

By Nora Romness, MA CYF graduate of Luther Seminary

If I said something was “uber l33t,” would you know what I meant?  What if I said I partied in a pug and we got wiped by the boss because the tank couldn’t hold aggro and the healer oom’ed during the fight?  Chances are that many youth today would read the previous two sentences without missing a beat, while most people over 25 may now wear a puzzled look.  L33t?  Wiped?  Oom’ed?  Aren’t

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Communities of Creativity: The Role of Symbols in Youth Formation

By Andrew Kellner, CYF MA graduate and CYF Prize Winner 2012

Have you noticed that young people by and large have immersed themselves into a new understanding of communication, through the use of personal electronic devices and social networking tools.  Older generations, with whom youth workers still must communicate, use a very different set of communication tools, and when they do make forays into newer modes of communication, often they utilize these modes, in different ways than their younger

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FirstThird.org presents our first annual SUMMER READING EDITION

We know that summer life for Youth Ministry leaders is often hectic and trip-filled.  But there are those days in between when you are either recovering from one of those journeys, or just enjoying the lull as fewer of the school season's programs are filling your days.  It’s a great time to immerse yourself in higher levels of thinking about ministry and how God moving us and calling the church.  

 AND WE HAVE JUST THE THING TO FILL AND CHALLENGE YOU!  

Over the next

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