“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
Today’s teenagers can be challenging to engage. After all, they are used to having all the information they need at their fingertips.
For youth leaders, we know the challenges that this brings for you. Tied with undying skepticism about anything and everything, it can be tough to not only engage this age group, but also to get them thinking about topics like their faith.… Read the rest
Unless your congregation is an anomaly, you’ve probably noticed that we are living in the midst of a significant cultural shift in church attendance. Church affiliation and Sunday school attendance peaked in 1959. For people who grew up in the 1950s, the 1970s, even the 1990s, the shift may seem startling.… Read the rest
Teaching preschoolers faith concepts and Bible stories offers a different challenge than your older kids in Sunday school. After all, their attention span doesn’t last long – and that’s not surprising! In this blog post, learn three things you didn’t know about preschool Sunday school lessons.… 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
It’s no secret that many churches don’t have large budgets – if any budget at all! As a ministry resource provider, Sparkhouse donates time, resources, and money to churches to help them spark faith in their communities. This year at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, Sparkhouse donated $2,000 to one lucky church.… Read the rest
Working with children often means having to find that elusive balance between what we know they need and what they show us they want. This is particularly true in Christian education settings where your time is limited, and the stakes seem high.… Read the rest
From birth through age five, kids learn and grow quite a bit! Teaching them about values during this formative period sets them up for success in the coming years. Sunday school preschool offers a perfect opportunity to teach little ones about values and faith concepts.… 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