After graduating from college, I volunteered with AmeriCorps VISTA at a refugee resettlement agency in Minneapolis. In my cubicle hung a poster, “In the Name of these Refugees”, originally printed by the Episcopal Church’s Southern Diocese of Ohio in 1938, urging the church to respond to the Jewish refugee crisis coming out of Europe.… Read the rest
As we swing into the end of summer and the unending advertisements for back to school, you likely heard a few in July – already talking about Christmas!
When you heard “Christmas in July,” what thought came to mind?
“Wow! I need to nab that great deal now!”
“Help!… Read the rest
Each small group is going to look very different to the next. When we ask ourselves, “what works best for small group adult studies?” our minds are filled with several combinations of what will work and what won’t.
In this blog post, we aren’t going to tell you how to spend your time, but instead, learn three key tips to build and strengthen small group relationships so you can have the best time with each other.… Read the rest
“That small group topic sounds great! But, I have no idea what my life will look like next month; so, I can’t commit.” Any ministry leader has heard that. And, may have also thought that.
It’s what often keeps people from saying, yes to joining classes or a small group.… Read the rest
You can always tell that August will be here before you know it when the big box stores start to stack the front aisles with back-to-school goodies, and you can only wonder what in the world happened to the past two months of summer!… Read the rest
This is the third and final blog post in a series offering support to ministry leaders as they support those in their congregations while they grieve.
There’s no telling when a tragedy will strike someone in your church community. Whether there’s a death in the congregation, an accident that takes the life of a beloved neighbor, or a fire or natural disaster that leaves people’s lives turned upside down, the very nature of this type of situation is that it is sudden and unexpected.… Read the rest
In the christian education wing, we are thrifty. We can make crafts or play a game with a stack of donated egg cartons. It can be intimidating to try to convince your pastor, education board, or financial administrator to approve a budget for faith formation curriculum.… Read the rest
Do you have adults in your small group ministry who are intentional and passionate about discussing what’s going on in today’s world? Or some who are intimidated to bring up a perspective that may differ from others? Either way, everyone’s point of view is important to consider and respect, and facilitation skills are key in adult small group settings.… Read the rest
Usually when we think about “intergenerational” church programming, the image we have in our mind is of children and youth sitting around tables or participating in faith forming activities with adults. It’s a beautiful image of intergenerational relationship-building, and it’s an important one.… Read the rest
This is the second blog post in a series offering support to ministry leaders as they support those in their congregations while they grieve. Our final blog post in this series will be published on July 26.
Grief is something that we often think of as lying in wait in the aftermath of tragedy.… Read the rest