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Announcing a New Building Faith

The new site will launch in September. Until then, you won’t see any new articles from Building Faith. We’ll be hunkering down to complete our content organization, and adding the finishing touches.

Webinar: Staying in Touch with Youth (recording and resources)

            Webinar August 16, 2017 If you are a youth minister, you know the important challenge of keeping in touch with your youth. From announcements, to meeting times, to checking in for prayer – youth ministers need a way to reach the teens they serve. This webinar describes overall strategies […]

Ages and Stages: Teaching Children at Each Level

For church teachers and volunteers, understanding children’s development helps teaching and programming. Each age level has unique traits, gifts, and challenges.

Free Webinar Next Wednesday: Communicating with Youth (and their families)

From announcements, to meeting times, to checking in for prayer – youth ministers need a way to reach the teens they serve.

Church Leaders in the Local Community: 4 Ways to “Become Known”

Sam Thomas ministers to an RV park, serves as police chaplain, and writes weekly newspaper columns. He knows the community; more importantly, they know him.

10 Tips for Sunday School Teacher Training

Teacher training – structure and tools for your volunteers – will set the stage for their care and nurture of the children and all people in your church. Together, your ministry will bear fruit for years to come.

This Summer We Took VBS “On Location”

One church revisions VBS into community outings where parents can meet one another and bring crafts and faith formation home.

Prayers for Peace – Plus Books and Resources

Peace building takes work! Children’s books, congregational resources, and even a podcast on ways large and small to build peace in everyday life.

Pathways to the Waters of Grace: A New Book on Baptism Preparation

This new book asks key questions about how the church views Baptism, and how churches can prepare parents and deepen faith.

I’m a Church Greeter… And an Evangelist!

Summer is high season for visiting. Guests are looking to see if your church will be a good fit; greeters are the first people they meet!

Do You Pray for Your Children? How to Start

What matters most is that your prayer is authentic, spoken from the hopes and fears of your heart. God knows you and delights in your voice.

Success Story: Car Blessings in the Church Lot!

In Epiphany, fifth graders’ car blessings encouraging people to ‘follow the light’ were placed on windshields during those cloudy, dark winter days.

Rhythms of Grace: How One Church Feeds Special Needs

Rhythms of Grace is relatively simple, affordable, and adaptive and can be effectively used to bring the Gospel to people not currently being served. Designed for those on the Autism spectrum, it is also very welcoming to individuals with other diagnoses like Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD, Down Syndrome, and neuro-typical children with ordinary wiggly squigglies, as well as youth and adults.

The Lasting Impact of Christian Summer Camp

Research shows there is something deeply significant and deeply theological happening at Christian camps across the country. Long-term impact

Building Faith Does Mission Trips: 5 Helpful Posts

Five posts on mission trips to make the most of your time away. Included are many ideas for connecting those on the trip with those who remain at home.

Jump Start Your Ministry with Practical Resources for Churches

If you have enjoyed our recent Building Faith webinars, then you will love the webinars provided by Practical Resources for Churches. Free to access!

6 Ways to Build Relationships in Youth Ministry

Relationships continue to be at the heart of fruitful ministry, especially with teenagers. Here are practical ideas for reaching out to youth.

Building Faith Does Pentecost: 9 Helpful Posts

Christians around the world celebrate Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples. Ideas for joyful celebrations in church or at home!

Webinar “Holy Communion: Teaching and Learning”

Join us for a free webinar. Our expert panelists will discuss big picture thinking and practical ideas for teach Holy Communion with all ages.

5 Tips for Engaging Young Families at Church

There is no magic formula to engaging families, but these tips and resources will help you start small, consider your context, and move forward.