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Jan. 20, 2012

Terence Fretheim at Missional Church Consultation

“Thinking Deeply about Relationship: The Practical Adequacy of Our Understanding of the God-Human Relationship” The word “relationship” pervades current reflections about God in the life of the church. What do we mean when we speak of “relationship?” How adequate is our understanding of the God-human relationship for our missional commitments and conversations? What will we teach our children about the
Jan. 19, 2012

Congregational Resource for Todd Hobart’s Presentation

  In Todd Hobart’s video, he recommended churches do 2 things:1) Discern where you are as a church. Identify your particular context and the issues in your community. 2) Discern who you are as a group of people. Learn about the congregation and its strengths. Then, you can see how you fit into what God is doing in the world.
Jan. 16, 2012

Todd Hobart at Missional Church Consultation

“Anticipating the Kingdom: Engaging students in missional faith formation“ What do “mission” and “faith formation” have to do with one another? In this presentation, Todd explores how to cultivate an authentic faith in children and teens who are immersed in a culture of individualism, consumerism and self-absorption.
Jan. 12, 2012

Congregational Resource for Brenda Olson’s Presentation

Examples of Mentoring Programs in Urban Contexts > See video of Brenda’s summary here Kinship is a community-based, one-to-one youth mentoring program. From Kinship: Does mentoring work? Studies show that mentoring reduces: drug and alcohol use; school drop outs; teen pregnancy; and violent behavior. Treehouse is a faith based, non-profit organization offering hope and guidance to hurting teens during difficult
Jan. 12, 2012

Reflections on “Urban Ministry and the First Third of Life” with Brenda Olson

By Allison Tunseth, MA Children, Youth and Family student at Luther Seminary Brenda Olson’s presentation and article on faith formation and the urban church, unpacks the theme of relationships by engaging the idea of ‘accompaniment’. > See video of Brenda’s summary here Olson defines accompaniment in the urban church as, “a joint venture in which collaboration and community building serve the
Jan. 09, 2012

Brenda Olson at Missional Church Consultation

“Urban Ministry and the First Third of Life — Joint Venture: The Missional Call to Accompaniment” Youth ministry in the urban context is really about a missional call to the accompainment of young people. The idea is that God walks with us and therefore we walk with young people that we are in relationship with. Brenda Olson is the Mission
Jan. 06, 2012

Congregational Resource for David Lose’s Presentation

In reflecting on David Lose’s presentation about Finding Ourselves in the Biblical Story, this scripture text comes to mind.  Joel 1:2-4 – Tell of This to All Future Generations from Luther Seminary’s EntertheBible.org Use this passage reflection to open up discussion: What evidence do you see of young people finding the bible irrelevant? How can we use the texts of
Jan. 04, 2012

Reflections on “Finding Ourselves in the Biblical Story” with David Lose

By Karen Gieseke, MA Children, Youth and Family student at Luther Seminary Identity is at issue. The Missional Church Consultation explored identity as God’s child as something to be wrestled with, both in relationship to self and to other. > Watch David Lose’s summary of his presentation The scientific understanding of identity begins at each individual’s beginning. More importantly, according
Jan. 03, 2012

David Lose at Missional Church Consultation

“Finding Ourselves in the Biblical Story” What if reading Scripture wasn’t about dates, places and people that lived a long time ago, but instead was about ourselves and the people we know and love today? And what if reading the Bible wasn’t about learning facts about God but instead was about learning to see God — alive, active, at work
Dec. 21, 2011

Conversations around “Envisioning the Future of Faith Formation in the First Third of Life” with John Roberto

By Laurie Neill, MDIV Children, Youth and Family senior at Luther Seminary The reality that John Roberto brought to light for me was that it is not only possible, but beneficial, for the church to provide faith formation for anyone, anytime, anywhere, 24x7x365. While I know that our youth (and adults) are connected to each other on many different levels,