Intergenerational Confirmation – one church’s journey to involve the whole congregation in faith formation. One of the deep desires when embarking on a traditional program like Confirmation is that it will simply be the vehicle to bring people to a deeper and closer relationship with Jesus. The program is the catalyst to allow God’s love… Read more
RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT – GROW DISCIPLES While our Grow Disciples resource has been created with confirmation in mind it can also be used as a youth ministry tool. With engaging lessons, activities and resources included, you will find Grow Disciples can have a much wider reach than you first imagined. If you are looking for some… Read more
Mental illness amongst the young people in Australia appears to be on the rise. As ministry workers, it is important for us to be aware of the statistics that are both alarming and perhaps overwhelming.
Camp, where God meets you, stretches and inspires you and transformation happens. Where faith is deepened through the mixture of meeting new people, hanging out with inspiring leaders who have a vibrant faith and living in a community with each other. Camp is a place where the presence of God can be felt in a… Read more
Faith formation is encouraged by building Christian relationships through quality age-specific ministry. God loves to speak into our lives. How might you create space to be with God and receive encouragement and strength as He speaks to you? Think about a Christian friend who encouraged you. What did they do that was significant? Can you… Read more
Establishing an intergenerational community does not mean eradicating age-specific ministries. As important as it is to embrace intergenerational values, it is also important to keep that in balance with age-specific ministry. Research shows that age-specific ministry has not proven sustainable for ongoing faith transmission. This is particularly applicable among young adults who have grown up exclusively… Read more
In many LCA districts around the nation mid-year Christian Life Weeks have begun or are about to , involving many campers, leaders and volunteers. As we’ve travelled around Australia to different congregations and certainly in our own experiences mentoring the young people in our congregations, often there is a “what happens after camp?” question.
I was a keen cyclist as a child. I loved the freedom of being able to ride around the suburbs and see my friends. Later on, cycling became a necessity as I rode to school, and then to university. Then cycling became a passion, and I started to ride seriously. I would head up into… Read more
Many families have found themselves trying to juggle a whole new set of balls in their homes – working from home, school at home, church at home and just being at home altogether all the time. It has been near impossible to keep them all in the air and often it has been the faith… Read more
The developmental need of young people to discover where and with whom they belong….they are looking for warmth not as an add-on but in their church’s very DNA. Growing Young – by Brad Griffin, Jake Mulder, and Kara Powell We all need to know that we are in a beloved relationship with God. We can… Read more