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Dec. 12, 2012

Communities of Practice

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary I love change. Most people don’t, but I do. Get this, I even love to move. The actual physical process of moving itself. I know, pretty crazy, right? Of course, I get overwhelmed at some point too, but I love the pure change of picking up
Dec. 04, 2012

Awe

By Dr. Nancy Going, Director of the CYF Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary I just had dinner with friends last week.  I hadn’t seen them in a couple of years. Most importantly, I hadn’t seen their son who happens to be developmentally disabled.  And when I had seen him last, I had never spent a lot of time with
Dec. 03, 2012

Time and Place

By Dr. Terri Martinson Elton, Director of the Center for First Third Ministry at Luther Seminary  This weekend I attended the funeral for the mother of three “former students” of our youth ministry. It was an honor to be there, and it threw me back decades to the times we’d spent traveling on buses, studying Scripture and sharing life together
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Nov. 29, 2012

Holy Spacers vs. Holy Embracers

By Derek Tronsgard  Earlier this week Mike King led a First Third Dialogue session talking about the power of space in our ministry and it got me thinking. About a year ago a woman in my congregation cornered me on Sunday morning.  “We need to talk,” she said. Crap, I thought. She went on to share her frustrations about my
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.
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