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Jul. 16, 2013

Faith Five Steps for your family

A blog post by Megan Clapp I recently moved from Arizona to Iowa. Before we left, my husband and I spent an evening with a family that we had grown to be friends with. We played laser tag, raced go-karts, and finished up the evening with a round of mini-golf. It was our last time all together before we moved.
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Jan. 28, 2013

The Reality of Scattering

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary Several weeks ago I wrote about the power of gathering. Gathering is a vibrant part of abundant life, of living a Christian way of life. But there is other side of that coin, the reality of scattering. No matter how rich the gathering, taking
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Jan. 14, 2013

The Power of Gathering

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary We have just ended the season of “gathering” – the six weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year when friends, family and co-workers come together over food and conversation to celebrate the holidays.  Some of these gatherings I look forward to, and others I
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Nov. 26, 2012

Traditions, and more

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary Thanksgiving has been celebrated, and now the Elton family has turned their attention to preparing for Christmas. There is excitement in the air, and there’s no turning back. We have entered the holiday season. This season is filled with rituals and traditions, and rituals
Oct. 29, 2012

Home

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary This morning the idea of home was swirling in my head. This past week I was on the road traveling, so sleeping in my own bed, hanging with my family and even cleaning my house was a gift. Home, a shelter and place for
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Oct. 11, 2012

Attention Parents! We Need You!

By Julie Hagen This fall my congregation began a new format for our children’s church school. We need a significant larger amount of leadership from parents than years past and I’ve discovered that much of my job is finding ways to communicate the importance of being involved. We need parents to be a part of the ministry that is happening
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Sep. 27, 2012

No Parents/No Ministry

By Neil Christianson Remember the last baptism you saw? It is a beautiful miracle to see! Through the water and the word, God claims one as his own and we see the transformation right before our eyes. God promises to work in the life of that individual and bring them to eternal life. What a promise! But that’s not all. There
Sep. 19, 2012

Resource: Strategies for Family Faith Formation

For the good of families and the whole Christian community, congregations can provide opportunities to equip homes as centers of faith formation at every stage of life. Congregations and youth ministries can make family faith formation a focus of everything they do as a church community, using an array of approaches and strategies to nurture faith at every stage of the family life
Sep. 17, 2012

Time – Do you spend or invest?

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary This past weekend was homecoming at the high school. Daughter #2 was excited about going to the dance, but a few weeks ago discovered her tennis team had an all-day tournament on the same day and, to complicate matters, it was over an hour
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Jul. 06, 2012

Resource for uncovering your vocation as Parent-Leader

For more ways to expand your thinking about pushing forward Karen Gieseke’s ideas about the vocation of parents as leaders in the faith of their children, be sure to order:  Parents and Faith Formation issue of the journal Lifelong Faith, (Vol 5.3)  It is filled with both helpful content/reading and also applicable praxis. Parents are the most important factor in the healthy development