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Archive for April, 2017

Confirmation: Hope for a Lost Sacrament?

When young people feel seen and heard, their faith readiness becomes apparent. Valued, confirmands become engaged in authentic community where deep examination of belief and practice matter. Such a dynamic climate sustains a confirmation program, strengthens the host congregation, and retains youth after they are confirmed. The data shows that teenagers are already motivated to participate.

Choosing a New Curriculum? Read This First!

  “Take a step back to look at the church as a whole, its strengths and weaknesses, its character or ethos, its beliefs and faith identity, among other factors.”     Matching Resources to Church Identity Every year the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) gets phone calls and emails from alumni, clergy, and […]

Church Welcome Bags for Children

Developing welcome bags and strategies show that the congregation is delighted that all members of a visiting family have attended. Our pastor often says in his welcome to visitors “We’ve been expecting you” – and with these actions, we show that we have been preparing that welcome.

How to Write a New Baby Card: 7 Tips

It is a joy to support new parents, but what to write and when? Here are 7 tips for how to write a new baby card, including special circumstances.

Mentoring: The Missing Key to Confirmation?

Relationships between youth and trusted adults strengthen confirmation programs and congregational support.

10 Easter Encouragements for Ministry Leaders

Easter Monday… you made it! The resurrection unfolds into a season of new life. What does it hold for you? Encouraging words from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching.

On Good Friday: A Word from Isaac Watts

18th-century hymn writer Isaac Watts encourages us to stand closer to the cross and to Jesus, inspiring us with Christ’s love for us and our echoing love.

Want Easter Guests to Come Back? Invite Them to Your Next Big Thing

Inviting your guests to what is coming up next at your church is an important part of welcoming and evangelism. Easter affords an opportunity to welcome large numbers of new faces to the Next Big Thing with your congregation.

New Baby Ministry: Churches Supporting Parents

A new baby ministry that starts in the days after baby comes home from the hospital, with words of welcome from the congregation and reading material and nursery information, helps one church bridge birth, baptism, and nursery.

Easter Sunrise at Home: Building a Family Tradition

An Easter sunrise breakfast is one way families can transmit Christian belief in ways that are authentic to their household.