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Dec. 04, 2013

Lost in the Holidays Part II

A blog post by Terri Elton Image Credit: Chocolates by Jonathan Reyes on Flickr Bittersweet — there is no better word for the days of Advent, Christmas, and New Years than that. Sweet sums up the excitement of being with family and friends, of living in a season of giving, of having an intentional season focus on serving, and, of
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Dec. 03, 2013

Lost in the Holidays

A blog post by Terri Elton Image Credit: Christmas 2007 by Christina Rutz on Flickr Some say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” while others dread the season. Christmas, the heart of this season, is centered on Christ, and yet amidst the holidays Christ often gets pushed aside. Truth be told, it’s a hard time of the year
Nov. 04, 2013

Intro to November’s Theme: Stewardship

A blog post by Terri Elton It is November, a month set aside for giving thanks. What a great practice that is. Pausing and giving thanks is something we can’t do enough. As you make your way toward Thanksgiving I encourage you to fully participate in this season’s rituals. But our focus for this month is going to be on
Oct. 29, 2013

What Does All This Mean?

A blog post by Terri Elton We’ve spent the month wandering through ideas, insights, resources, and research on younger adults, their understanding of faith, and implications for ministry. Each post offered a picture, a snap shot, of what’s important and meaningful for younger adults today. We were reminded that Martin Luther was a younger adult when he reformed the church;
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Oct. 09, 2013

Discovering More About Young Adults – Resources Installment #2

A blog post by Terri Elton As we begin to imagine accompanying younger adults in their journey, what are some things to keep in mind? 1. Younger adults are tinkerers. According to Robert Withnow: “The single work that best describes young adults’ approach to religion and spiritual life — indeed life — is tinkering. A tinkerer puts together a like
Oct. 07, 2013

Young Adult Resources, Installment #1

A blog post by Terri Elton Over the next several weeks, we will share with you some resources that might help you understand some aspects of what’s going on in the lives of people in their 20s and 30s. This first installment address these three questions: Who are they? Why is this so important? What is their main “task”? Who
Oct. 06, 2013

Young Adult Intro

A blog post by Terri Elton My daughter is almost 21. She can vote and serve in the army, but in the eyes of society she will not be an official adult until her birthday appears on the calendar. Yet her birthday and the ability to drink in a bar are only two markers of her transition into adulthood. We,
Oct. 03, 2013

Leadership Resources

A blog post by Terri Elton Here is another installation of leadership resources. This time we go to the “non-ministry” world and see what insights they can give us on leadership. Watch, read, reflect, and enjoy. Harvard Business Review Anything with Harvard in its name in it probably means high quality, and this certainly is true with regard to the
Sep. 30, 2013

Open Hands, Open Hearts

A blog post by Terri Elton Yesterday, I was a guest preacher in a congregation that I had never been to before. I entered as I do many congregations — a friendly stranger — but left with more than I had anticipated. I left with a deep sense of connection to God and insight into what it means to be
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