Wise friends are God's gift for a healthy life and a healthy ministry. When you lose a wise friend, like King Uzziah did, you just might go crazy.
The matchbox car, placed in the church mailbox belonging to Kyle’s family, contained the following note: “Kyle, praying for you. Pastor John.”
A podcast on the power of ritual in shaping faith and giving structure and meaning to life.
The most basic foundation for building a relationship with teens and young adults is your love for each one as a special child of God.
Each week coaches from the Next Steps Faith Formation Initiative will be collecting some of the more interesting and thought-provoking blog posts, online articles, book reviews and other resources from around the internet during the past week and sharing them here on the Network.
The story of a car salesman and his new found love, Jesus Christ, and the call to make disciples. How are you doing in the field where God has placed you to disciple others?
I don’t want to pressure him, yet at the same time I want to guide him and lead him in his faith formation. I want to help him learn to be a disciple of Jesus. It’s a fine balance for sure. I’m doing my best to walk the balance, not pushing too hard...
Can music become an idol?
Becoming a proactive community that prevents abuse is part of being disciples of Christ!
The answer seems obvious: to teach the Bible story or lesson we've been assigned. But I wonder if it's more nuanced than that.
Some of the most thought-provoking faith formation and discipleship blog posts, online articles, book reviews and other resources from around the internet this week.
For the last thirteen years, I have had the privilege of participating in a book club with women from my church. While our membership has fluctuated over time, the sense of community that we share has not...
My church is considering expanding our youth service learning trip to include adults and families. How should/would we fundraise differently for an intergen trip than a youth trip?
A great article about an unlikely friendship between an older gentleman and a teenager. How can we multiply stories like these in our congregations?
How can an adult help a child enter into worship?
The ideal is that our young people will feel that they are known, loved and deeply cared for. Allow me ask a few questions about the young people of your congregation...
Christian parents everywhere want their children to follow Jesus. We often wish that there was a silver bullet of some sort or a simple set of procedures for parents to follow to ensure that our children have faith.
How do you hope to see faith being formed and disciples being made?
Here's a pattern that has proven helpful for hosting a youth retreat focused on the Heidelberg Catechism.
In Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life, Traci Smith gives many practical ways to make the practices of daily life practices of faith.
This bible study is more challenging than most Small Group bible studies, encouraging others to dig deeper.
I want to remind you of a trusted faith formation resource provider: Faith Alive Christian Resources. The Faith Alive 2014-2015 catalog is full of Sunday school curriculum, Bible studies, and other resources to help people of all ages to grow in faith.
In Shaped by God, twelve experts share their perspectives on faith formation at home, in worship, in education, in intergenerational contexts, in people with developmental disabilities, and more.
As summer approaches, I've been reflecting on a subtle language shift around summer plans. Can we recover a glimpse of creational goodness by altering our language from summer vacations toward summer "holy-days"?