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Sep. 25, 2013

Blogs, blogs, blogs! Part II

A blog post by Terri Elton As a continuation of yesterday’s post, here are some additional blogs to check out from our ministry leaders who offer their voices of leading from the frontlines of congregations. Enjoy!  Adam Copeland is a Presbyterian pastor who currently serves on the religion faculty at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. But don’t let either of
Sep. 24, 2013

Blogs, Blogs, Blogs!

A blog post by Terri Elton Today’s virtual world is filled with more blogs than we have time to read. But blogs are a great resource for leaders in the church. Many people are aware of the blogs from “ministry stars,” and I encourage you to follow those church leaders because they offer a wide picture of the church. But
Sep. 18, 2013

Resources for the Journey

A blog post by Terri Elton Every ministry leader has their eyes open for resources that will help them lead along the journey. Each week this month First Third will be sharing some of our best “go to” resources. Check them out, and then feel free to suggest your own. Leadership Network is a great resource for church leadership trying
Aug. 20, 2013

Resource for Ministry: Daring Greatly

A blog post by Aaron Fuller Some of you may be familiar with researcher and author Brené Brown. She’s gained traction through TED Talks and David Lose Her work centers around understanding human connection and the dynamics of shame and vulnerability. I’ve been reading her latest book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live,
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.
Jan. 20, 2012

Encountering our book of faith

The ELCA has an enormous number of resources — a list which is growing every day — by which congregations and persons individually can approach the Bible through the Book of Faith Project. Thanks to the thoughtful folk at the Eastern North Dakota Synod, here’s a handout that lists most of the resources all in one place (including a number
Jun. 21, 2011

A powerful Bible reference tool

At, you’ll find a wealth of resources to help you grow in faith, add depth to your Bible studies and truly discover the people, places and events of the Bible. This free Bible resource includes commentary, study guides, videos and blog entries by Luther Seminary’s expert faculty. You’ll find summaries, outlines, backgrounds and theological themes on all 66 books