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Building Faith Does Ash Wednesday: 8 Helpful Posts

“Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth.” Building Faith offers ideas and inspiration for Ash Wednesday and Shrove Tuesday.

Looking for Sunday School and Youth Group Games?

Taking a break for a quick game or activity can improve focus, the key is being prepared with fun, structured, movement-filled games.

Webinar: Planning for Lent

Your invited to this free webinar on planning for Lent. Big picture thinking and practical ideas with Matthew Kozlowski, Krista Lovell, and Sue Van Oss.

Youth Group, Teens, Smartphones… What’s the Answer?

Ministry leaders have an opportunity to take what the common tools of technology in our culture to be a reminder of Christ’s presence with us.

Books on Death and Grief

A variety of books on death and grief for all audiences from children and teens to adults, for those helping others cope with grief and for those grieving themselves.

Teaching Advent, with Hymns!

Advent hymns teach the season’s lessons of expectation and preparation with tunes that stick and lyrics that connect our lives to Scriptural themes.

A Call to Pastors: Keep Writing Thank You Notes

This ministry of gratitude is essential, for it reflects our gratitude to God for the many gifts and blessing we have received through the people who serve God and the church.

Teacher Tip: Creating Lessons that Engage Teenagers

Engagement, that spark which leads to interaction and learning. Here are tried and true ways to plan and lead lessons that engage teenagers.

Clothesline Collects: Leading Children to Prayer

Writing collects, prayers to gather and focus worshipers, can be tailored to various ages and is an excellent activity for distilling a mission.

Freshly Brewed: 5 New Ideas for Coffee Hour

With careful planning, coffee hour can be where congregants spiritually nourish one another, newcomers feel welcomed, and oldtimers enjoy fellowship.

Electronic Giving: It’s a Hospitality Issue

Charitable giving in the U.S. continues to grow, and e-Giving is by far the preferred method. How can churches make e-giving an option for parishioners of all ages?

Does your Church Have Benchmarks for Christian Education?

Christian education benchmarks provide consistent reference points against which formation activities can be measured, encouraging teaching and learning in the congregation.

Fruits in Due Season: Growing Faith in the Summer Months

Growing food from the earth is much like growing faith. The growing never really ends, and the fruits of the spirit appear.

Spiritual Fun with Dry Erase Markers

Little ideas can strengthen faith. Use dry erase markers to write Bible verses, faith messages, or pictures. Works for church, or on the mirror at home!

Praying Facebook

Praying Facebook is a way to shift our focus to the needs of others – making the cares and concerns not about us, but rather about the people who share theirs. This is indeed a prayerful practice and one that can bring us into deeper understanding and compassion.

9 Ways for Churches to Stay Connected with Parishioners Over the Summer

Most churches see attendance decline in the summer, but here are ways to buck the trend, and build spiritual connection throughout the season.

Take Out Church: A Summer Tool for Home and Traveling

Take Out Church is for families to take with them over the summer. Inside a take out box are many ways to build God’s Kingdom at home or when traveling!

You’re Invited! The e-Formation Conference and Webinar

The 2016 e-Formation Conference is June 6-8. For those pursuing ministry in the digital age, e-Formation offers hands-on training and inspiration

Prayers for Earth Day

God, you have made our world and seen that it is good; grant to us, created to complete your work, the bright, delightful vision that makes us care for what we do.

Life Coaching: What is it… and Why so Popular?

Life Coaching is about removing barriers and building from strength. Could it become a model for pastoral care and Christian formation?