A well-crafted and clearly stated announcement invites people into the work of God your congregation is engaged in.
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?
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!
Should the church engage in this new social networking? The church is to help shape the society's narrative in a way that God is made present everywhere. We are called to represent Christ in the world - both real and virtual.
When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always talk to, and trust.
You’ve probably heard it before, often as a complaint:“20% of the people are doing 80% of the work.” The truth of the matter is that too many people in our congregations are not engaged with the mission and ministry of their congregation and their own spiritual growth.
When it comes to matters of faith, we all have questions, no matter what our religious background (or lack thereof).
The emerging role of the faith formation curator is to research a wider variety of content and experiences available from a great diversity of sources, assess and evaluate its quality and appropriateness, organize the content, and then make available the content and experiences to people (delivery).
Discipline is a process of teaching how to think about, care about, and make decisions about others, through the eyes of God, the way Jesus taught us.
Here are eighteen ways that churches have said to their group leaders, “Thanks! You’re doing a great job, and someone is noticing!”
A vibrant Episcopal congregation in metropolitan Washington D.C. grew frustrated with their paltry number of adult small groups. They were even more frustrated with the paltry number of adults who participated in small groups!
Opening avenues of dialogue and networking are key to fully engaging the internet and the host of positive relationships that can be forged with people who may not otherwise walk through your sanctuary doors.
Sunday School happens. Vacation Bible School happens. The youth mission trip happens. The Christmas pageant happens. The Lenten Retreat happens. And on it goes. We can get so caught up in the day-to-day details that suddenly time has passed without a deliberate effort to ensure that Christian formation is happening.
Are you asking for feedback on your ministry with children or youth and then sorry you did? Or do you just ignore this step altogether?
Many people are reluctant to volunteer as teachers because they feel they "don't know enough," when actually the chief requirement is a willingness to search, while enabling and organizing the journey that the whole group takes together as co-learners.
For parents of children with special needs, their experiences with friends or other parents inside the church were no different or better than with those outside their congregation. The mothers of children with special needs all longed for greater connection and desired for their children to be known and loved. The mothers I had interviewed offered pointers, which I shared, for appropriate questions and comforting responses as they yearned to be engaged by their peers.
For families of children with special needs, their likelihood of success in a church often hinges on the help of the children's ministry team. Finding a church that will accept the child with special needs into church programming is the often first obstacle.