First Third Conversations

Timeonomics - Part 2: Time Stealers

[Part 2 in a series. See also Timeonomics, Part 1: Quitting Church ]

Roland Martinson, academic dean of Luther Seminary and long-time expert in children, youth and family ministry, discusses the challenges that families face when it comes to devoting time to each other and to church.

Martinson shares tips on how to make time for reflection within families and in the church community, and discusses how the stewardship of time demands our greatest efforts as stewardship leaders in today's church.

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Caught in the Current - by Terri Elton

Flowing river 3 by Ernst Vikne, on Flickr

I don't know about you, but as a family with children in school, this time of the year I get caught in the current.

Our family tries hard to be intentional about how we spend our time, who we spend our time with and what commitments we take on all year long, but this time of year it never works.

The annual transition from summer to fall feels like someone else takes over the reins at our house for about six weeks:

  • Those dinners we were going to have together were eaten on the run.
  • That
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Timeonomics - Part 1: Quitting Church

Roland Martinson, academic dean of Luther Seminary and long-time expert in children, youth and family ministry, invites you into a story of encountering a man who has decided -- with his family -- to quit church!

Martinson helps to tease out valuable lessons about how the stewardship of time demands our greatest efforts as stewardship leaders in today's church.

(This video was developed in collaboration with Luther Seminary's Center for Stewardship Leaders .)

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Stewarding God's Gift of Time by Tim Coltvet

Probably one of the finest lessons taught to me about time came from a wise and learned friend from Tanzania.

Clock

As a part of our growing congregational partnership, we were able to spend time together as ordinary people learning from one another and listening deeply to what the other had to share.

"You see, Pastor Tim" he would say, "in America you have watches, but in Tanzania we have time!"

Implicit in his message was a critique of what he was seeing here in America -- busy people with

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Stewards of God's Story

Our lives are filled with stories that compete for space, and sometimes clash dramatically.

In this video, Pastor Tim Coltvet talks about the economic story facing children and youth and the "God Story" that is an important foundation against which the economic story can be heard.

(This video was developed in collaboration with Luther Seminary's Center for Stewardship Leaders.)

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