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Being a Church Visionary with Technology

So what’s before us is a vast, new, evolving landscape of seemingly limitless possibility in online education that church leaders need to take seriously. I think it is an invitation and a challenge to dream and envision how this new reality can help us become and shape disciples.

The Spiritual Guidance of Children

Two questions need to be asked about every expenditure and program in the church: How will this action impact the spiritual guidance of children? How can children be involved in an appropriate way? Both questions are about children, but they also involve adults. They open up opportunities for adults to mature in their own spirituality by working with children and thinking more carefully about their place in the community.

What We Shall Become

God’s Spirit is present in varied places and communities, and if we are to be faithful, part of our job is to build partnerships for mission with others who share our understanding of what God’s mission is about.

Embracing Spiritual Awakening

We’ve moved from the conventional question to an experiential (or spiritual) question that has to do with how we experience belief. People will ask me the question sometimes multiple times in a single day, “How do you believe that?”

Children and Religion

“Christianity won’t just stay around like Stonehenge, you know!” We had better realize before it is too late that Christianity and materialism are locked in a desperate struggle: it is not enough for us to stand and cheer on the fight, we had better enter the lists – parents, teachers, Everyman.

No Longer a Majority

Christians ought to pay attention to the trends in American culture so as to be aware of the changing spiritual landscape.

Bivocational Ministry

It now looks as if some form of bivocational ministry is the future of the church of Jesus Christ as a whole. We may all be headed to bivocational ministry, like it or not.

The New World of Curriculum: Part 2

We need to engage people in a wide variety of experiences tailored to their needs, interests, spiritual journey and busy lives. We have the ability to connect people to each other – in physical places and virtual spaces

The New World of Curriculum: Part 1

Days are numbered for an educational environment that does not address real-time issues. In today’s virtual classroom, students from all walks of life, geographic locations, and educational backgrounds have a plethora of relevant options to explore referencing their educational endeavors.

Moving Online for Formation

Ministers of spiritual formation are turning to the Internet to counter the interference hectic schedules, frequent traveling, social media and other demands of modern life can have on healthy discipleship.

To Welcome or To Invite

We’ve decided to quit being a welcoming church. No kidding. We’re giving it up. It won’t be easy, but we’re committed to it.

Over-Investing in the Young

Youth ministries are often segregated from the rest of the church. Pouring money into a typical youth program can result in young people being more lavishly entertained and, at the same time, more isolated.

Creating a Culture of Calling

Churches so want to capture the youth’s attention with programs and promises that they fail to capture their imagination and their dreams for the future. They try to compete for teenage free time but offer little to inspire meaningful service or a sense of purpose.

The Flipped Classroom

Imagine that instead of coming to church, listening to a sermon for [insert your churches sermon length] ending with a few questions which no one talks about (except maybe a brief mention over coffee), the congregation listened to the sermon before coming (it could even be a famous preachers sermon or the pastor could record one).

Story-Keeping, Story-Sharing, Story-Making

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.

Modernizing Religious Education

If stories of the faith and Christian tradition and practices were taught in online formats, perhaps worship would take a more prominent place in Christian formation for all ages.

Much ado about ‘nones’

If you’re a reader of the New York Times, or a listener to National Public Radio, or a follower of the Religion News Service, you’d have good reason over the past week or so to come to the conclusion that the United States — and indeed the world — is becoming less and less religious.

21st Century Faith Formation

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.

“Nones” more or less

For more than a year, I’ve been interviewing self-identified Nones—people who answer “none” when asked with what religion they affiliate or identify—across the United States. Lately, the people I’ve talked with have embraced the designation “None” more pointedly as a label for those straining to resist labels.

Youth Ministry is Advent

Young people today are often overwhelmed by everything they feel they must do to have a good and enjoyable future. Many, especially in the middle class, have swallowed the false eschatology that says they must be busy now so they can be successful down the line.