Youth mission trips offer opportunities to serve others and transform participants. A new book offers advice for creating and planning such trips.
A church revamps its annual Christmas caroling event to reach young families, and to sing at group-homes and nursing homes. Party includes crafts and dinner.
hurches have always raised money for projects, building relationships in mission. Online platforms for crowdfunding make this process easy and exciting.
For years it was a tried and true rule: no phones. But this year we asks teens to help tell a digital story. We are pleasantly surprised, and so were they!
Church mission trips can be transformational for youth and adults, but there are intentional choices that leaders must make. Read these seven tips before you head off.
These two aspects of our life create fertile ground for creative Christian formation. For Lisa Kimball and Patricia Lyons, this took the shape of an Epic Game during their keynote addresses at the 2014 Forma Tapestry Conference. We’ve linked directions for the game below. We invite you to explore it, tinker with it, create new conversations and possibilities for ministry with it.
Planning a church youth trip this summer? Defining the purpose and character of the journey is key. Mission Trip or Pilgrimage? Each has unique benefits.
Young people are not looking for the easy path in life. They don’t mind a challenge – it is too often us who fear the challenge. They are not looking for the path of least resistance.
As teenagers graduate high school and go on to work, college, or both, we can prepare them in their journey of being Christ’s hands and feet in the world by helping them see that all that they do - not just at church or in youth group - is ministry.
The idea that, by welcoming a stranger, one might be entertaining angels unaware (Hebrews 13:2) seems to have been a widespread belief. Besides, one never knew when one might need hospitality in return.
A reporter for the Jerusalem Journal, a distant cousin of Mary Magdalene, sat down with Mary Magdalene, privately, in a interview that lasted about an hour. This is the unofficial version of that interview, which up to this time, has never been published.
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.
A faith community that practices intergenerational ministry will use the gifts of every generation in order to create frequent opportunities for generations to come together to minister, worship and serve together.
Though many groups sponsor one-time work camps, these isolated projects are not as effective for young people to learn about society as are on-going projects where lasting change - for all involved - is possible.
"Conscious Collecting" as a way to describe our intention when we introduce an outreach ministry and collect a special offering toward that chosen ministry. We look for resources that will teach our children and youth the importance of giving from our abundance to people living in scarcity.
Many churches have vision statements. Many have mission statements. What's the difference? Does a church need both? Is one better than the other? It all depends on what you're trying to accomplish, as well as what you're trying to communicate with others - in your congregation and beyond.
All year long, around four thousand knitters across twelve time zones have been hard at work creating beautiful hats and scarves to present to mariners working at Christmas.
I am blessed to share life with family and friends who would count themselves among the “none”s. The stories of their disaffiliation from Christianity are heart- and soul-wrenching to me. When I hear them, I can’t help feeling that as a Christian, I’m not doing enough to make Christ evident.
When you look out your window into the street and around the community, what are today’s children doing and what are their pressing unmet needs? Are they hungry and homeless, easy victims of drugs and gangs? Are they in need of tutoring or medical services, in need of After School or weekday care?
There are days in my life when two conflicting worlds come crashing together. Love and hate. Conflict and peace. Wellness and illness. Scarcity and abundance. This was one of those days.