Faith Formation and Christian Education

Learn More about Your Congregation through Focus Groups

The Parish Paper

8/1/2019

For church leaders seeking to better understand their congregation, it pays to listen. Everyone knows the value of one-on-one conversations, yet it might not always be the most efficient use of time for a busy leader. In these situations a focus group can help. Simple in design, it honors the experience of congregants in the stories they tell, the questions they ask, and the concerns they express.


Team Talk Can Strengthen Volunteer Ministry

The Parish Paper

7/1/2019

Team talk can build a strong ministry team. Of course, some may not think of conversation as an important task, viewing it as getting in the way of work and slowing it down. On the contrary, conversation plays an important role in the life of a team and must not be ignored. Team talk builds group durability and sustains effort. Talking about the work helps to reinforce the reasons for doing what we are doing.


Children and Racism

Debbie Gline Allen

6/18/2019

This is a true story of how church educators stood up to a large publishing company to stop perpetuating racism through our children.


Many Voices One Mission: Partners

Karen Ziel

6/5/2019

"The best and most effective partnerships are formed in the context of communities, organizations, and families within whom these values and this way of being are deeply formed."— Karen Ziel


Overcome Volunteer Burnout by Building Capacity

The Parish Paper

6/1/2019

Vital congregations reach out to strengthen the communities where they are located. Different denominations give different names for this ministry, including mission and outreach, home missions, and social ministry. But where do congregations get the strength for mission? How do they retain that strength in the midst of providing food and clothing, mentoring individuals, or advocating community change? How do they keep from burning out? They do it by building capacity.


Many Voices, One Mission: It's All About Relationship

Debbie Gline Allen

5/29/2019

"Faith is more caught than taught." —Debbie Gline Allen


Faith In the Home

Debbie Gline Allen

4/3/2019

Empower the parents, grandparents, and caregivers in your congregation to take back their role as Christian educators and faith-formers in the home.


Building Your Community Ties with a Block Party

The Parish Paper

4/1/2019

Some neighborhoods feel more secure once neighbors have become acquainted. Church leaders wanting to get to know their community could organize a block party. It can be a great way to meet the neighbors and develop friendships. A key goal of a block party, besides having fun, should be to build relationships among the strangers in our midst. The first steps when planning a block party are developing a simple theme (such as a color or a holiday) or highlighting a community issue that needs to be ...


Talking with Children After a Tragedy

Debbie Gline Allen

3/19/2019

With the news of last week’s shootings in New Zealand I again offer these resources for talking with children.


Summer Camping

Debbie Gline Allen

3/12/2019

Make your congregants' "mountaintop experiences" a part of your worship and programs throughout the rest of the year.


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