By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of Children, Youth and Family Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary
Dr. Going shares the results of the listening project research that was done to take the temperature of youth ministry in the ELCA.
By Dr. Hans Wiersma, Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Augsburg College
Is Catechism relevant today? Dr. Wiersma discusses how the documents that articulate doctrines and practices are not just for kids. In fact, Martin Luther said that is was more important that the parents learn it! How do we engage the whole church with leaning the catechism in our media culture?
See this short video with a simple description of the Church. Use as a discussion starter in your confirmation class, youth minsitry or adult small group.
How do you answer the question: What is the Church?
by Pastor Nancy Lee Gauche
Check out Tom Langemo's blog on the Art of Possibility!
Here’s some background in the form of a blog informing us what drives Coach Tom Langemo around “The Art of Possibility”. You had a taste of this “art” at the First Third event on confirmation. My challenge for all of us around the “art of possibility” is to remind us that faith is not ultimately secured by human effort. Tom paints a picture of this process …
by Dr. Hans Wiersma
"Monkey Business"! That's what Martin Luther called the rite of confirmation as he knew it in his day. Luther's teaching helped inspire a renewed understanding of faith formation among young people. That was 500 years ago. What about today?
Watch this video of the final panel discussion of Monkey Business: A First Third Dialogue on the Confirmation Process.
"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?
"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!
Where: Augsburg College, Hoversten Chapel
When: January 29th, February 26th, March 18th, April 29th and May 3rd
Time: Open mic at 5:30, worship …
"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.