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Feature Articles by Our Team
NEW: Creating a High-Quality Church Nursery - Jolene Roehlkepartain
NEW: Youth Ministry is Everyone’s Ministry - Shannon Kelly
Expanding the Reach of Faith Formation with Hybrid Networks - Kyle Matthew Oliver
Turn On Your L.I.G.H.T: A Storytelling Model for Sharing Faith - Jim Merhaut
13 Ideas for Adult Faith Formation: Send the Faithful Out On Mission to the World - Janet Schaeffler, OP
Making Disciples: From the Fish Bowl to the Ocean Approach - Debbie Streicher
New Blog Posts from Our Team
Secret (Presents) Presence
It’s that time of year again. For those of us involved in planning Advent, it is a given, we anticipate the lighting of the candles on the Advent wreath. We look forward to the readings from Isaiah, Matthew, and John about preparing the way for the Messiah. We get excited. Read more. . .
25 Simple Truths to Help Married Couples
Marriage, family, faith formation at home… there is simply a mountain of evidence that tells us why we should be putting more effort into this arena of ministry. A key reason why families are so important for faith formation is because emotions are so important for long-term learning. Research continues to confirm that emotions are the glue of learning. Read more. . .
Helping Youth be Still
Many people today are yearning for quiet time, or time to be still, or time for themselves without interruptions. Life today is full. Full of study, work, friends, family, play, technology, etc. We have cars and bikes that get us places more quickly, we have technology that helps us get things done more quickly, we have fast food, and instant gratification. It is all more than we can truly take. Read more . . .
Celebrating the Liturgical New Year
The first Sunday in Advent also is the first Sunday of the church calendar, the new year of our church. Depending on your tradition, you’ll notice scriptures, colors, and traditions that follow the liturgical new year. Read more. . .
Our Christian Call: Simplify the Holidays
Janet Schaeffler, OP
“ ‘And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! ‘Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store. ‘Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more!’” (How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss) According to recent national surveys, 70-80% of Americans would welcome less emphasis on spending, gift-giving, decorating and all the materialism of the Christmas season. Read more . . .
Celebrating Advent with the O Antiphons
Janet Schaeffler, OP
Cardinal Godfred Daneels said, “The human person hesitates before the True, is impotent before the Good, but loves Beauty.” As congregations begin to make preparations for Advent, this holy – true, good, and beautiful – season of the year, the O Antiphons stand out as one of the Church’s Advent prayer practices that can lead us to the peaceful, simple, rooted posture that we all seek. Read more. . .
Helping Youth Discover and Celebrate Themselves - Shannon Kelly
What Does Southwest Airlines Know that Ministry Professionals Don’t? - Jim Merhaut
Intergenerational Family in the Church - Debbie Streicher
Resource Curation 101 - Kyle Oliver
Running Better Church Meetings - Jolene Roehlkepartain
Sometimes Tradition Gets a Bad Rap - Debbie Streicher
Children Getting to Know Each Other - Jolene Roehlkepartain
Kindling Interest - Kyle Oliver
Connecting with Young People - Shannon Kelly
Eliminating Blind Spots: Trust and Try - Jim Merhaut
Finding the Spark - Kyle Oliver
Don't Give Up - Debbie Streicher
The Invitation to Bless - Jolene Roehlkepartain