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
Bet you've got your head down now! We know you are working hard on getting all kinds of things ready for "Back to School."
At FirstThird.org, we're going to use this month to keep pushing what you might be thinking about how you are going to approach this critical ministry with your youth. It's critical not because of what you do together on any individual Wednesday night (or whenever you have your time together). It's critical because
By Rachel Schwenke, Children, Youth and Family Program Assistant
How can the language of faith be communicated in a relevant way for gamers? Can the truth of the Bible intersect with the gaming language many use on a daily basis? Here's a few ideas of how to use this lingo IRL (that's "in real life" for you newbs).
"Jesus said, 'I am the REZ and Cheal. If you are on my team, you will never Perma D.' "
(John 11:25, translated to game-speak)
Short for resurrect
See this resource from the Immerse Journal, which includes a user's guide for Prim in Dystopia.
Written by Clint Schnekloth
Read this article by Dr. Andy Root in the Immerse Journal on doubt as the curriculum for confirmation.
By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of Children, Youth and Family Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary
Let’s take one more stab at the question related to the confirmation process.
Think about all the time and energy we spend in churches working to get the confirmation program just right. And the results of all that work are in: Over 80% of ELCA churches are losing 50-75% of their confirmands after the rite.
But now think about how your own faith has been formed.
See an overview and suggested study guide for The Hunger Games by David Lose.
This is a great resource to talk about the book with teens and youth groups.
Todd Hobart's video
, he recommended churches do 2 things:
1) Discern where you are as a church. Identify your particular context and the issues in your community.
2) Discern who you are as a group of people. Learn about the congregation and its strengths. Then, you can see how you fit into what God is doing in the world.
Where are we?: Discovering Your Community
"Collaborative Worship - an act of Stewardship"
Dave Scherer and Tony Fair give us a peek into the emerging All Metro Praise (AMP) worship experience partnering city and suburban churches in praising God together with ALL of our gifts. The first AMP worship experience will be January 29th at Augsburg College. All are welcome - so come!
Augsburg College, Hoversten Chapel
January 29th, February 26th, March 18th, April 29th and May 3rd
Open mic at 5:30, worship
Examples of Mentoring Programs in Urban Contexts
> See video of Brenda's summary here
is a community-based, one-to-one youth mentoring program.
From Kinship: Does mentoring work?
Studies show that mentoring reduces: drug and alcohol use; school drop outs; teen pregnancy; and violent behavior.
is a faith based, non-profit organization offering hope and guidance to hurting teens during difficult times.
From TreeHouse: The evolving TreeHouse program