All of this helps us see Baptism as an important beginning, both for Jesus, and for us.
Church Attendance: Is What You See What You Get?
The first of two articles on church vitality. How has attendance been measured in the past and what are the most cited causes for the changes we are seeing.
On Presidents’ Day: A Word on Prayer
“Growth in a person’s life, growth for a nation, growth spiritually, all depend on our relationship with God. And the basis for that growth is an understanding of God’s purpose, and a sharing of difficult responsibilities with God through prayer. Editors’ Note Today, Monday February 20th, is Presidents’ Day. To honor the occasion, Building Faith would […]
8 Questions to Ask Before Planning Confirmation Class
New research shows: Confirmation is vital for youth faith development and church vitality. Such a program calls for vigorous planning.
Activity for Lent: Lord’s Prayer Tracing Cross
An activity for all ages, the Lords Prayer Tracing Cross is visual and tactile way to deepen prayer experience. Try it this Lent at church or home.
What does Christmas Eve look like in the home? Simple rituals like creche blessings, songs, and Bible stories draw our attention to Christ’s birth.
Celebrating both Christmas and Hanukkah brings families together to share faith, tradition, food, and light. Links to recipes and books.
In Epiphany, we come to see who Jesus is, where he is to be found, and where we begin to understand what he is about. Ideas to help you plan and celebrate.
A Reverse Advent Calendar encourages households to think about others’ needs during the season of giving. One congregation comes together to reach out to their community.
Christmas is coming, and that means special church services. Which also means lots of visitors and guests. Tips for welcoming.
Pilgrim is a two-track small group curriculum that builds a strong foundation for followers of Jesus, whether they are beginning their journey or want to travel further.
So you want to show movies at church, but what about copyright? You DO need permission or a license. What you need to know, and sources to get a license.
Create an Advent playlist of the hopeful, expectant music of the season. Collaborate on the list, listen while you prepare for the season, or belt out favorites in the car on your way back to church!
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 Christmas pageant survival checklist ensures the simplest of children’s pageants run more smoothly. A gift during this hectic, if joyful, time of year!
This Thanksgiving, take some time for an easy, intergenerational craft to recognize and record gratitude. This family craft can then adorn your table!
We wanted to share with you a 2014 Building Faith article by Matthew Kozlowski. The topic is online sources for Christmas cards, especially cards with a religious/Christian message.
A free webinar from the Center for the Ministry of Teaching. Claiming Epiphany: Theology, Practice, and Good Ideas.
Announcing a new webinar series from the CMT and Building Faith. “Wisdom From the Field” will bring you advice and topical discussion. Join us Wednesday.
A collection of Building Faith’s Advent posts, including activities for the congregation, the classroom, and the home, from wreaths to calendars to prayers. Advent is a season of preparation and anticipation, these posts aim to help.
With a handful of items, you or our church can make a small Advent wreath, perfect for a bedside table or desk. Truly an object of devotion for the season.