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Lose a Wise Friend, Lose Your Mind

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.

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Simple Things

The matchbox car, placed in the church mailbox belonging to Kyle’s family, contained the following note: “Kyle, praying for you. Pastor John.”

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Symbols: The Drumkit of Life

A podcast on the power of ritual in shaping faith and giving structure and meaning to life.

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Be in Relationship

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.

Faith NurtureIntergenerational Ministry
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Finishing Well, Millenials, and Overrated - Weekly Web Links, Sept 8

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.

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Who Is Your Timothy or Lydia?

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?

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Pressure?

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...

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Putting Music in Its Place

Can music become an idol?

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If Only I Had Told Someone...

Becoming a proactive community that prevents abuse is part of being disciples of Christ!

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What is our Primary Role as Teachers?

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.

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Recommended Web Links

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.

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Dispensationalism

My attention has been drawn by some friends to the books of Joel Rosenberg, a prolific writer of apocalyptic books from a dispensational premillennial view point. I'm not quite sure what to make of it. These friends are all members of the Christian Reformed Church and I have high esteem for them. Still I wonder why they would be interested in this kind of perspective? I worry a little about the possible results of such thinking. I'm thinking of a carte blanche attitude toward the state of Israel no matter what the justice issues might be, or the seeming denial of progressive revelation from...
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Finding Intergenerational Community in the Church Book Club

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...

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How do you fundraise for an intergenerational trip?

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?

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A Church Pew Friendship

A great article about an unlikely friendship between an older gentleman and a teenager. How can we multiply stories like these in our congregations?

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Parenting in the Pew

How can an adult help a child enter into worship?

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Youth

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...

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Passing Faith to the Next Generation

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.

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What Are Your Hopes for VBS?

How do you hope to see faith being formed and disciples being made?

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Planning a Youth Catechism Retreat

Here's a pattern that has proven helpful for hosting a youth retreat focused on the Heidelberg Catechism.

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Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life

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.

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1 Peter

This bible study is more challenging than most Small Group bible studies, encouraging others to dig deeper.

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Faith Alive Christian Resources for Renewal and Growth

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.

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Shaped by God

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.

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Do We Have to Vacate?

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"?

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