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Aug. 14, 2012

Looking for Change in all the Right Places

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary   And that would be in people. Not in things running more smoothly. Not in a calendar. Not do they like the curriculum better. Why not, for one year, focus your goals for ministry on observing Holy Spirit led change in your student’s lives and way of
Aug. 13, 2012

Adaptive Change in Confirmation

See this video of Pastor Nancy Lee Gauche and Coach Tom Langemo take us through the game plan process at Monkey Business: A First Third Dialogue on the Confirmation Process.
Aug. 06, 2012

Back to Confirmation

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
May. 23, 2012

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

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
Apr. 26, 2012

Running into a Winnable Game

By Pastor Nancy Lee Gauche, Children, Youth and Family Ministry Program Associate at Luther Seminary There is a remarkable story about a person named Anne Mahlum.  Anne is a runner and she passed by a homeless shelter every morning on her daily run.  She began to develop rapport with the men outside on the corner. What started out as waves
Apr. 24, 2012

How to create adaptive change in your congregation

See this video of Pastor Nancy Lee Gauche and Coach Tom Langemo take us through the game plan process at Monkey Business: A First Third Dialogue on the Confirmation Process
Apr. 23, 2012

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

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
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Apr. 20, 2012

Steve Jobs Confirmation Update!

By Hans Wiersma, professor of Religion at Augsburg College, where he also helps oversee the Youth and Family Ministry Program. Those of you who were part of the “Monkey Business” First Third Dialog on the Confirmation Process may recall that Steve Jobs (Peace Be upon Him) was a recurring character in my two talks.  The late founder of Apple Computer was
Mar. 29, 2012

Being Creative with the Catechism

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
Mar. 23, 2012

Doubt as the Curriculum for Confirmation by Andy Root

Read this article by Dr. Andy Root in the Immerse Journal on doubt as the curriculum for confirmation. The Confirmation Teacher/Mentor Related Links: www.andrewroot.org Immerse Journal