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Youth and an Earth Ethic

A blog post by Rich Holleque

I have been pondering a question lately as I have continued to write my senior paper for the CYF program here at Luther Seminary: “What would it mean in youth ministry to proclaim the message of the gospel with an intentional focus of Christian stewardship of the earth?” In other words, how do we incorporate the message of steward, not consumer, within the whole of youth ministry?

Right now, our youth culture forms its identity around being a consumer. Books

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Enabling Poor Stewardship for CYF Bodies

A blog post by Kinna Nordstrom

Image Credit: Fruit Salad by lisaclarke on Flickr

Hello, my name is Kinna and I am a food addict. I am a compulsive overeater who stuffs her feelings. And you know the best place for me to get my fix? Church!

I love being a youth minister, but now that I don’t eat pizza, sugar, or drink soda, I am finding that I loathe going to events with the youth that include food. For example --I am dreading our lock-in on Friday. There’s going to be pizza, candy,

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Raising Stewards

A blog post by Carole Joyce

What is on your top ten list of things to cover in confirmation? Go ahead and make that list: God’s grace, baptismal identity, relationships, discipleship, Bible, prayer…

November’s theme for the First Third reflection is stewardship, so be honest; did stewardship make your list?

Last week Jonathon Davis concluded his blog post: “Don't talk to me about stewardship as if it is this thing that I do. Talk to me about how I am a steward. How it is

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Stewarding the Other "T"

A blog post by Tim Coltvet

Image Credit: iPad and iPhone by Sean MacEntee on Flickr

Time, talents, treasures, and...Technology?

How my fifth grade son has become so adept at typing may not surprise you. Playing Minecraft and a host of other online games has him punching the keyboard like a rag-time piano player. Building fictitious worlds and kingdoms, communicating with other gamers, fingers flying on the keyboard…quite frankly, I am impressed!

That being said, I do have moments of pause

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Stewardship and Young Adults

A blog post by Grace Duddy

Image Credit: Making a Difference?? by Madhan R on Flickr

A little over a year ago, my colleague, Chick Lane, and I became fascinated with the topic of “stewardship with adults under 40”. As an “adult under 40” myself, I had noticed that “stewardship” was not something that my friends were talking about. I had also noticed that young adults were generally not the target demographic of stewardship campaigns in congregations nor were they

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A Fresh Vision in Stewarding

A blog post by Jonathan Davis

Image Credit: Matthew 6:21 by Mengjie Jo on Flickr

I have this theory. Sometimes I wonder if theology and ministry are just like fashion -- it's all about what's trendy.

I listen to a lot of sermons. It seems that sermons on the same text over the years shift in focus and theology because we grow tired of the old ways. Sermons on the parable of the Prodigal Son years ago focused on the wayward son who squandered everything. But then it shifted to the older brother.

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Living God's Love through Stewardship

A blog post by Grace Duddy 

For most people, stewardship is about paying the congregation’s bills. When they hear the word “stewardship” in a sermon or talk in worship they almost instinctually take out their wallet waiting for the “ask” for their money. Many church leaders choose not to talk about stewardship with children and youth because, in this model of stewardship, children and youth do not seem to have a lot to contribute due to their lack of a steady income.

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Do Your Thing

A blog post by Tom Schwolert 

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to live a life of significance. Ten months ago my perfectly healthy 17 year old son died due to complications from the flu. A few weeks ago, I resigned from my youth and family position, and I am in a time of transition. I also turned 50 over the summer. Oh, and my youngest daughter just turned 16.


Do Your Own Thing by Ibrahim Lujaz on Flickr

Yes, this past year has been like no other. I have struggled to find meaning

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Who Owns It?

MoneyA blog post by Grace Duddy

A few weeks ago I led an intergenerational adult forum called “Talking about Money Together” at a local congregation. Everyone from kindergartners to great-grandparents was invited to join in the conversation. During the forum, we discussed the various beliefs that feed our money habits. One belief that feeds many people’s money habits is: “My money belongs to me, and I can do with it what I want.”

 

Money Wallet by 401(K) 2012 on Flickr

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The Ladder of Cool

This article was originally posted on 5/28/2013 on FirstThird.org

Derek Tronsgard, one of our First Third Voices gives his take on Sarah's Bane's thesis topic in:

Youth Ministry, Stewardship, and the Ladder of Cool

(Before reading this post, we highly recommend reading Sarah Bane's thesis. It's posted again at the bottom of this blog. It's brilliant & it's worth the read.)

Sarah's on to something when she talks about stewardship being more than “giving”.  She's also on to something

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