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Feb. 21, 2014

Framing Ministry in Transition

A blog post by Kris Borke Image Credit: Red Leaves for Autumn by Dan Foy on Flickr As if first third ministry wasn’t hard enough in today’s culture, how do we not only survive, but thrive in transition? Being part of a ministry in transition, especially when it affects those in the first third of life, is a little like
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Mar. 28, 2013

Planting the seeds

By Julie Hagen I recently taught the Parable of the Fig Tree to my Sunday school children.  I always struggle with this lesson.  I don’t like that we never find out if the fig tree makes it or not.  Don’t you want to know what happens to the Fig tree? Reflecting on our topic of “Reclaiming The Servants Heart” has
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Feb. 21, 2013

New ways of equipping leaders

By Julie Hagen I’m done with winter, but according to the forecast, it looks like Mother Nature has a different opinion. I may be stuck in the cold for a little bit (or more) longer, but my church calendar is looking like summer! Summer registrations are open and we’re busy finalizing details and looking to the fall.  Over the past
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Feb. 20, 2013

The Relationship Broker

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary I saw a job description last week for a Children’s Ministry Leader, which listed as “able to write curriculum” at the top of the list of other capabilities this church was looking for.  Have you noticed how common it is when times get tough, and there
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Feb. 06, 2013

What are you doing?

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary  Here is how the job that many Youth ministers or pastors find themselves doing asks them to spend their time. Is this true for you? Events planning (even if the event is a small group system), event recruitment, curriculum assessment, curriculum writing, marketing (finding goals and
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Jan. 24, 2013

‘Sam I Am’

By Julie Hagen Sam, a shy 1st grader, asked his small group leader if she would call him ‘Sam I Am’ from now on.  They hadn’t seen each other for a few weeks but last Sunday, she remembered and his face lit up when he sat down by their group and heard “Hi Sam I Am.”  Every time he was
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Jan. 16, 2013

The CYF Minister

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary  Leaders in Children and Youth Ministry have ALWAYS had a unique view of the church.   Unique, generally because of the type of people that God calls to lead from the second chair.   (An aside:  Have you ever thought about that? You chose not to