by Jerod Petersen, MA Children, Youth, and Family senior at Luther Seminary
> See video of Terence Fretheim here
Fretheim stirs the conversation of the room by asking, “What if we didn’t always seek the answer in the prayer, but stopped and valued the communication that is going on with us and God.” Fretheim asks, “What would God’s love mean if he was never affected by the relationship? God is constant and changing in regards to all human …
"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?
In 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
By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of Distributed Learning Children, Youth and Family Luther Seminary
Todd Hobart does an amazing job of a missional reading of his church setting, St. Matthews Lutheran in Renton WA. This essay is a draft that will be included in an upcoming book:
Reflecting on the “flat” cultural expectations in our world of user-generated content, one great take away Todd laid out is this table of what he calls “Open Source Leadership” …
"Anticipating the Kingdom: Engaging students in missional faith formation"
What do "mission" and "faith formation" have to do with one another? In this presentation, Todd explores how to cultivate an authentic faith in children and teens who are immersed in a culture of individualism, consumerism and self-absorption.
By Allison Tunseth, MA Children, Youth and Family student at Luther Seminary
Brenda Olson’s presentation and article on faith formation and the urban church, unpacks the theme of relationships by engaging the idea of ‘accompaniment’.
> See video of Brenda's summary here
Olson defines accompaniment in the urban church as, “a joint venture in which collaboration and community building serve the margins of our society to develop a new generation of leaders ready to …
Examples of Mentoring Programs in Urban Contexts
> See video of Brenda's summary here
- Kinship 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.
- Treehouse is a faith based, non-profit organization offering hope and guidance to hurting teens during difficult times.
From TreeHouse: The evolving TreeHouse program …
"Urban Ministry and the First Third of Life -- Joint Venture: The Missional Call to Accompaniment"
Youth ministry in the urban context is really about a missional call to the accompainment of young people. The idea is that God walks with us and therefore we walk with young people that we are in relationship with.
Brenda Olson is the Mission Development Director of First Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN and Director of Bay Lake Camp.
In reflecting on David Lose's presentation about Finding Ourselves in the Biblical Story, this scripture text comes to mind.
from Luther Seminary's EntertheBible.org
Use this passage reflection to open up discussion:
- What evidence do you see of young people finding the bible irrelevant?
- How can we use the texts of scripture to bring God into the current lives of young people?
- How is the church remembering the God history …
By Karen Gieseke, MA Children, Youth and Family student at Luther Seminary
Identity is at issue. The Missional Church Consultation explored identity as God’s child as something to be wrestled with, both in relationship to self and to other.
> Watch David Lose's summary of his presentation
The scientific understanding of identity begins at each individual’s beginning. More importantly, according to scripture which is God’s word to us, God creates and knows this unique identity …