A well-crafted and clearly stated announcement invites people into the work of God your congregation is engaged in.
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Last summer, almost 200 Christian educators and communicators, lay and ordained and from several denominations, converged on Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) to learn from experts and peers about using technology for forming faith in congregations and other ministry settings. Many of these participants will return to an expanded 2014 program what is expected to be an even larger gathering.
As religious educators, we often bemoan the lack of commitment made to faith practices among those we wish were more faithful. But how often do we make clear exactly what we believe is critical for parents to do in order to raise children in the Christian faith?
Sacred cows might include: an individual who wields particular power and prestige in the congregation; the ministry or program that cannot be questioned; a particular part of the building, piece of art or item of furnishing; the building itself; or an endowment and its use.
Gone are the days (hopefully) when ministries with children, youth and adults are segregated into their own little fiefdoms.
You would think that in a world where instant communication is old news and time travel seems to really be right around the corner, we would be a more connected and trusting people.
We’re incredibly child-centered, yet I fear we don’t set the expectation that our children assimilate themselves into their larger community. That they adjust themselves to accommodate others; place others’ needs consistently before their own.
For Christians, the stories of God’s presence in history are the ground from which religion emerges and the means by which Christian faith continues as faith communities claim their story-keeping, story-sharing, and story-making functions.
It is now possible for a congregation to provide faith formation for everyone, anytime, anywhere, 24x7x365. It is now possible to customize and personalize faith formation for all ages around the life tasks and issues, interests, religious and spiritual needs, and busy lives of people.
With all the genuine virtues of digital connectivity, Sherry Turkle, founder of the M.I.T. initiative on technology and the self (and professor at M.I.T.) had me wondering how many times I and any of us fall short of showing up and listening.
In order to share this good news with those who cross our thresholds, we first need to practice a few other goods words: Hello! Good morning! Welcome to our church!
National Back to Church Sunday is based on the simple principle that 82% of people will come to church if invited by a friend, yet only 2% of church members invite their unchurched friends.
From time to time church print publications will re-run a cartoon they like, or a prayer, or poem, or even an article. Sometimes these get posted on the church website directly, sometimes they’re posted when (and if) the print document goes online. And sometimes, that violates copyright law.
The use of technology is now a congregational necessity that comes with significant ministerial advantages. A congregation that does not strategically employ these technologies is likely to be perceived as out of sync with the contemporary world.
Disagreements are part of life. They often occur when we forget that not everyone sees things the say way. Conflict should be viewed as an opportunity to grow, not a contest for domination. When push comes to shove, don’t we all value healthy relationships above all?
In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Paul says that “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”