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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

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Who Owns It?

Money A 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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Stewardship as a paradigm for Youth Ministry?

   This article was originally published on 5/21/2013 on FirstThird.org.

The night before taking my first group of young people to camp as a rookie youth director, I became consumed by a desire to purchase a pair of brightly colored sneakers.  Feeling like I was on a game show to find the perfect pair of sneakers before the store closed, I finally landed on a pair of electric blueberry cross-trainers.  They were awesome – just like the ones I had seen on countless 11 to

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Intro to November's Theme: Stewardship

Stewardship A blog post by Terri Elton

It is November, a month set aside for giving thanks. What a great practice that is. Pausing and giving thanks is something we can't do enough. As you make your way toward Thanksgiving I encourage you to fully participate in this season's rituals. But our focus for this month is going to be on something deeper and wider than giving thanks. Our focus is going to be on the question, what is it to be a steward?

As we take a look at the word steward, we get a glimpse what

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Halloween Post: Is teaching kids about money too scary? - by Rev. Tim Coltvet

Pumpkin cousins

This article was originally posted on 10/20/2011. If you didn't catch it then, we hope you enjoy its message anew!

Dorothy C. Bass and Craig Dykstra once unpacked the meaning of Christian practices. They write: "By Christian practices we mean things Christian people do together over time to address fundamental human needs in response to and in the light of God's active presence for the life of the world. Thinking of a way of life as made up of a constitutive set of practices breaks a way of life

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What Does All This Mean?

Contemplate A blog post by Terri Elton

We’ve spent the month wandering through ideas, insights, resources, and research on younger adults, their understanding of faith, and implications for ministry. Each post offered a picture, a snap shot, of what’s important and meaningful for younger adults today.

We were reminded that Martin Luther was a younger adult when he reformed the church ; we got a picture of the breadth and depth with which younger adults engage in ministry, among their peers and with

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Resource for Living in the Messy Reality of Faith

This article was originally posted on 8/7/2012 on FirstThird.org. We hope if you didn't catch it then, that you would find it useful presently!

As you live into the Messy Reality of Young People and Faith , here's a resource for meeting your youth where they are at.

John Roberto's book, Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith Formation, includes this chart of four scenarios. See the strategies for engaing in faith development for each person, no matter where they are coming from.


Further

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Curiosity

Curious A blog post by Kate Reuer Welton

"I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without

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