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Nov. 14, 2012

Introducing the First Third Coaching Process for 2013

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary  Change is hard isn’t it?  Many Children, Youth, and Family ministry leaders find themselves thinking and talking about change in the church almost all the time. And even if you have identified and can clearly the see the change that needs to happen in the structures
Aug. 27, 2012

Capitalizing on the Ordinary

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary Is this the right time? Are these the right people? Can we agree on the right move? When leading change, it’s easy to get lost in searching for “the right thing” and “the right time” while missing transformational moments. Yes, it’s important for leaders
Aug. 23, 2012

What Could Change Look Like for Us?

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary   If you’ve tracked Fuller’s Sticky Faith Initiative at all, you would quickly see that the study results call the church to real changes in youth ministry practice. In fact, those changes are remarkably similar to the ones that Luther Seminary’s EYM study also encouraged. The bottom line
Aug. 20, 2012

Lessons on Adaptive Change

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary Yesterday I spent the day talking about adaptive change with leadership teams from seven congregations. Adaptive change is dealing with situations for which there is no known answer. Technical change, the other type of change, deal with situations which have been encountered before. The
Aug. 15, 2012

Resource for Adaptive Changes in Confirmation

As we explore confirmation, here is a resource to move the dialogue into action. Your ministry is a game worth playing in this life, and we want to help you set yourself up to win. There’s a great deal at stake! The goal-setting process below is to help you take what you’ve learned and design a way to bring it