Login

This Lent, Learn the Power of Resilience – A Study for Individuals or Groups

Living Well through Lent 2015 cmyk

This resource from Living Compass is a devotional study that takes readers through the season of Lent. The study includes short reflections from a variety of voices, each continuing the theme of “Practicing Resilience with All our Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind.”

Top Resources for Lent (Forward Movement)

candle meditation

As you no doubt know, Lent Madness is the world’s most popular online Lenten devotion. For people around the globe, the saintly smackdown is the very definition of Lenten devotion (and competition). Though it’s hard to believe, some people prefer a different approach to Lent, so I’m glad to share with you four other resources Forward Movement is really excited to offer you this Lent and Easter.

Top Resources for Lent (Church Publishing Incorporated)

lent_image

Sharon’s top picks (a mix of perennial favorites alongside some new offerings) for a variety of ages and stages to take along on the Lenten journey.

Christians Together: Planning an Ecumenical Worship Service

Jesus Statue

Developing an ecumenical worship service can be one of the most spiritually uplifting experiences for any Christian. As always, we remember that we are living into Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21 “That you all may be one.” If you are planning an ecumenical worship service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, or some other time: here are some pointers and items to keep in mind:

Breaking Bread: Why Churches Still Need Dinner Groups

Dinner food

Dinner groups occasionally draw new members into congregational life, satisfying the original “foyer” intent. One parish newcomer noted, “I always came away from a dinner with a better appreciation of who we are as a community and how we got here.” But for us they have a wider purpose: facilitating social engagement outside the church walls.

Animate: A New Adult Formation DVD Series

AnimateDVDh

Bottom line—there is no magic-bullet/wonder product that is going to solve all of our programming and faith formation woes… But if you lead in a place where thoughtful people want to talk about real life and faith, shape their community and world, and maybe get together for pie while they’re doing it—“Animate” creates space for all of that to happen. Meanwhile, you get to bring people like Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, and Shane Claiborne into your midst for a short while. And really, $69.99 is way cheaper than a plane ticket and a hefty speaker fee…

We Shall Overcome: MLKjr Day, Scripture, and Children

we shall overcome

Debbie Levy’s picture book, We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, traces this song of faith in God’s justice from the 1800s to the current day. Using the well known lyrics, Levy shows how the words of this spiritual have served as a beacon of hope to people around the world who are suffering from oppression and intolerance.

Bible Passages to Help Keep your New Year’s Resolution

LensBible

It is a New Year, with hardy new resolutions to keep. As Christians, we believe in faithfulness and steadfastness of purpose. Sometimes a little Scripture is all we need to remind ourselves that we are on a path to a life that glorifies God in all of our endeavors. While we don’t normally propose using isolated Bible quotes taken out of context to prove arguments, we do believe that select passages are powerful sources of inspiration.

A New Scripture Resource on Building Faith: Bible Briefs

Bible pages

Today we have exciting news at Building Faith, as we provide access to a powerful resource for you and your ministry. Have you ever wanted to know more about a book of the Bible, including scholarly insights, but don’t have time to do extensive research? Perhaps your study Bible gives you an overview of each book, but you are looking for just a bit more depth and information. Bible Briefs is the tool for you.

A New Book for Baptismal Preparation: Journey into Baptism

journey into baptism

If you are looking for a book to explore baptism with individuals or groups, check out Journey into Baptism by Helen Barron (Candlepress, 2014). This book, which is also available digitally, would be helpful for parents and godparents, confirmands, and those seeking baptism for themselves.

A Resolve to Practice Faith at Home

window house wall grass

Even if we sometimes feel unsure about adapting or creating family prayers, rituals, and other practices (and I don’t mind admitting that I do), it’s nice to have this concrete reminder that the way we live our everyday lives matters not just to God but to the corporate lives of even our smallest faith communities.

A Prayer for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

road ahead mountain

Here is a prayer that you can use at home or in church as we welcome the New Year.

Resources, Ideas, and Planning for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Ecumenical group

What is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and how can you celebrate it in your community. Included is a guide for planning joint worship.

Was There a Moment? The Glory of the Incarnation

christmas manger scene craft

Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas, from your friends at Building Faith!

“Was there a moment, known only to God,
when all the stars held their breath,

The Christmas Story Video – A Reminder what the Nativity is all About

Christmas story still mary

This video is the story of Christmas as told by the children of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand. While the movie is a few years old now (made in 2010), it is a fresh and powerful as ever. Watch, enjoy, share, and let the joy of Christ’s birth fill your heart.

Epiphany Resources and Ideas for Churches

sparkler

We celebrate Epiphany and witness the light of Christ revealed to the world. Here are some ideas for observing the season.

Lessons and Carols – The Church Service that “Went Viral”

STA/NCS Lessons and Carols

The Festival of Lessons and Carols, like the best holiday traditions, is always the same, yet always new.  Plan yours with care; enjoy it with delight!       Why Lessons and Carols works Every December, choir directors the world over have the care and delight of preparing a Festival of Lessons and Carols.  Some might […]

Why We Need Christmas Pageants

Jesus being cared for by a heavenly host

I think our pageant captures some of the complication of the trip to Bethlehem. The Holy Family were compelled by law to travel, despite Mary’s pregnancy. They found a place to sleep that was most likely even more uncomfortable than a fold-out-sofa in a cramped guest room. It was inconvenient, uncomfortable, and travel was probably the last thing they felt like doing. As adults, I know we can relate.

7 Ways to Welcome Church Visitors on Christmas Eve

wreath outside church

For most of our churches Christmas Eve services are among the best attended and the most important of the year. And when something is important it takes time to get ready. An analogy is a Christmas party or dinner in your home. You spend a lot of time preparing, right? And I’m sure that one area of preparation for you is hospitality.

Why Christians are Excited about Brene Brown

brene-brown

Brene Brown has utilized her research to demonstrate that authenticity isn’t just something you have or do not have. Authenticity is a choice, albeit a choice with consequences. Furthermore, she highlights the “daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” Being authentically yourself all by yourself is alright; however the true value of authenticity comes from being wholeheartedly yourself in relationship.