Added by Rosario Picardo on August 17, 2017 at 12:13pm — No Comments
I chair the North Georgia Conference Commission on Religion and Race. Our commission is made of people from across the conference who are Korean, Indian, Black, Latino, Jamaican, Vietnamese, White, local pastor, lay, deacon, elder, provisional clergy, female, and male. Together, we have worked to create a process for racial reconciliation based largely on the work of Allan Aubrey Boesak and Curtiss Paul Deyoung in Radical Reconciliation: Beyond Political Pietism and Christian…Continue
Added by Brian Tillman on August 15, 2017 at 2:48pm — No Comments
AT SCD 2017 I will be involved in leadership during several different pieces of the event! Everything I will share at SCD 2017 has to do with reaching out to make meaningful connections with young people.
A recent publication by the Fuller Youth Institute (Growing Young: 6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church) by Kara Powell, Brad Griffen, and Jake Mulder is a treasure trove of…Continue
Added by Chris Wilterdink on July 14, 2017 at 9:43am — No Comments
What challenges are you facing in your small group ministry? Research indicates that the focus of many small groups centers around self-improvement and the interests of the participants. Like too many of our Sunday School classes, small groups can also be centered on content, intellectual growth, and personal edification that reinforce a consumerist mindset (i.e. that the church is the dispenser of goods, programs, and services, that satisfy the wants of its audience).
Added by M. Scott Hughes on June 1, 2017 at 1:42pm — No Comments
We often see churches with fairly well-maintained buildings that are used a couple of hours a week. Often these churches are in communities that are diverse in various ways; and often these churches have a homogeneous membership that has been declining, and they find it challenging to connect with their diverse neighbors.
I invite you to consider a way forward, which requires the following steps:
Added by Nora Colmenares on May 25, 2017 at 12:53pm — No Comments
The following excerpt was first published in the Lewis Center's LEADING IDEAS publication:
Adopting a Missionary Mindset
I learned some things as a missionary that I think are relevant to challenges faced by churches in the twenty-first century. The things I had to learn -- another language, an alternative culture, unfamiliar music, new art, a different way of dressing, a change in my mode of transportation,…Continue
Added by Douglas Ruffle on May 11, 2017 at 7:56pm — No Comments
Added by Craig Miller on April 6, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments
One of the highlights of the School of Congregational Development is gathering to pray, sing, and learn in our worship and plenary sessions. On Thursday, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will start us off with worship and Communion as she focuses on the theme of this year's event, "At the Lord's Table."
That evening, Nadia Bolz-Weber, noted speaker and pastor, will talk on "Who Is…
Added by Craig Miller on March 30, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments
I spend a lot of time figuring out ways of measuring discipleship, and the impact that involvement in church has on the lives of young people. Over the past year, I have noticed a trend that has to do with keeping youth engaged as they grow older. With many younger youth, an invitation to show up is enough to get them to a youth group, a bible study, or other youth ministry activity. The chance to explore and be included in a new group can be a powerful draw for the young. Yet, as they grow…Continue
Added by Chris Wilterdink on March 22, 2016 at 2:20pm — No Comments