Raising Stewards

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A blog post by Carole Joyce What is on your top ten list of things to cover in confirmation? Go ahead and make that list: God’s grace, baptismal identity, relationships, discipleship, Bible, prayer… November’s theme for the First Third reflection is stewardship, so be honest; did stewardship make your list? Last week Jonathon Davis concluded his blog post: “Don’t talk …

Resource for Living in the Messy Reality of Faith

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This article was originally posted on 8/7/2012 on FirstThird.org. We hope if you didn’t catch it then, that you would find it useful presently! As you live into the Messy Reality of Young People and Faith, here’s a resource for meeting your youth where they are at. John Roberto’s book, Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith Formation, includes …

What Could Change Look Like for Us?

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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 …

Back to Confirmation

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Bet you’ve got your head down now!  We know you are working hard on getting all kinds of things ready for “Back to School.”  Including Confirmation.  At FirstThird.org, we’re going to use this month to keep pushing what you might be thinking about how you are going to approach this critical ministry with your youth. It’s critical not because of …

Review of Monkey Business: A First Third Dialogue on Confirmation posts

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Monkey Business: A First Third Dialogue on the Confirmation Process The dialogue was held Feb. 27-29, 2012 Pre-Dialogue Resources Preview Video: Dr. Nancy Going and Dr. Hans Wiersma discuss confirmation and the need for adaptive change. Podcast: Confirmation by Dr. Andy Root and Bethany Stolle Blog Post: So What’s Wrong with Confirmation? by Dr. Nancy Going Blog Post: Formation Centered …

God called you to play a big game: Name it. Design it. Do it!

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By Tom Langemo, Coach and HR professional, who coaches leaders and individuals to discover and act on their calling What is a “winnable game”? Winnable games are fun and challenging; they hit at the heart of what is important to the player (that’s you). They propel you toward mastery and wisdom. Winnable games are sized just right for you. Designing …

Being Creative with the Catechism

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As we think about Dr. Hans Wiersma’s presentation on catechism, we all feel the need to find creative ways to communicate with young people. > See video of Dr. Hans Wiersma speaking on ‘Post-Modern’ Youth and 16th Century Teaching Tracts This piece on “How to Be Creative” from the Wall Street Journal might spark your imagination. It might give you …