Why We Allowed Phones on the Youth Mission Trip

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For years it was a tried and true rule: no phones. But this year we asks teens to help tell a digital story. We are pleasantly surprised, and so were they!

Prayer for a Church Convention

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Many denominations have large gatherings every few years. In the Episcopal Church, for example, there is General Convention. My prayer for this gathering.

Charleston: We Must All Take Risks

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“We cannot allow evil to shut us down…. We have to stay the course…We will not be deterred and we will not be turned around.”         Tragedy in Charleston Many of us taught or preached this past week on the horrifying murder of 9 members of Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina. […]

Bricks of Faith: Creating a VBS Labyrinth


“Whenever I walk the labyrinth, I will remember children making this beautiful sacred space – with hearts, question marks, joy, and a baseball field – and see the passion behind their creativity. Their bricks represent the fulfillment of God’s promises.”     Walter Brueggemann’s Narrative of “Making Bricks” The Vacation Bible School (VBS) program at […]

ChurchNext: A Powerful Tool for Adult Formation

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Church can expand adult formation and education options, use an online platform, and build community. ChurchNext is an affordable option that we recommend.

Seven Keys for Transformational Mission Trips

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Church mission trips can be transformational for youth and adults, but there are intentional choices that leaders must make. Read these seven tips before you head off.

Flat Jesus Summer Project: St. Ann Style


As church members travel in the summer, “flat Jesus” is a fun an interactive way to stay connected with the church and build community through social media.

Five Things We Learned at e-Formation


The e-Formation conference at VTS brought people from around the country to hone skills and expand thinking for ministry in a digital world.

How to Pack for Summer Camp

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This post links to a 2014 article entitled “10 Camp Packing Pointers” by Matthew Kozlowski and Charlotte Hand Greeson. Enjoy and share!

The Joy of Singing with Children

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In 2013 Brook Packard wrote a series of articles for Building Faith about singing with children. She shared wisdom from her many years of experience as an educator, musician, and Christian formation leader. These articles are rich with practical tips, overall advice, and ways to keep the joy of singing alive. If you or anyone you know works with children, these articles must reads!

How to Practice “Safe Church” for VBS and Summer Programs

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Churches have “safe church” protocols to keep children safe from abuse. But what about summer programs such as VBS? The author describes how to be vigilant.

You Can Write for Building Faith!


Our authors and contributors are people working in churches, homes, and schools. Share your ideas and write for Building Faith.

Christian Education Planning Calendar

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Educators need to look at the entire church year. These calendars include feast days, readings, other secular holidays, and lots of room for notes/planning.

Spring Stewardship: Laying the Foundation

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Encouraging generous giving is a year-round project, and an opportunity to build relationships and highlight ministry. Try these spring stewardship tips.

Creating a Prayer Net

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A creative and tactile way for all ages to pray, creating a piece of art woven with prayers. Instructions and tips for making a prayer net.

How to Write your Pastor a Thank You Note

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Have you thanked your pastor and church leaders lately? Carolyn Chilton shares four tips for how to write a thank you note. One note makes a big difference.

Zac the Chaplain Dog


Senior Airman Zac provides comfort and pastoral care to soldiers in the field. He is also a Labrador retriever. Chaplain Andrea Baker tells the story.

Last Call for 60 Second Survey

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Last call to take the Building Faith 60 second survey. Thank you to the 200 plus readers who have already responded!

Gifts for Graduating Seniors


Churches play an important role in sending off high school seniors. Special gifts can mark the occasion. Some suggestions including books and other ideas.

60 Second Survey: Tell us about you!

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