RESOURCE HIGHLIGHT – Grow Disciples book
How are congregations helping form the faith of their young people? In the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA), and other denominations, the faith journey usually begins with parents bringing their children for infant baptism. Children can then attend a variety of children’s ministry programs, and in adolescence move into confirmation and youth ministry. But what… Read more
Biblical foundation for leadership
LEADERSHIP – A guiding word For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared… Read more
A practical guide to being missional
Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely… Read more
What are your spiritual gifts?
Often delving into the harder questions, Talking Points are bible studies designed to encourage small groups to journey in faith together. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find… Gifts are abilities God gives to meet the needs of others in Christ’s name: speaking, encouraging, serving, evangelising, teaching, leading, administering, counselling, discipling, organising. Graces, often called… Read more
Helping young people build a sense of belonging in your community
During the Grow Coaching journey, we refer to the importance of rethinking our ministry to children, young people, and their families. What are we rethinking? In our workshops you will be asked the question: “Who or what has influenced your life of faith?” How would you answer? We hear responses like, parents, grandparents, pastor, Sunday… Read more
Where are the Annas and Simeons?
Indeed for what purpose do we older folks exist, other than to care for, instruct and bring up the young? | Martin Luther Forty days after Jesus was born, his parents took him on his first big outing. They went to the temple in Jerusalem (Luke 2:22-40). Imagine the whirlwind of thoughts and emotions these… Read more
Faith at Home – sharing your faith
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 was given with the express purpose of encouraging a lifelong pursuit of a love for God that would envelop every molecule of a child’s being and existence: “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them… Read more
Walking together by building relationships
At Grow Ministries we are often talking about being ‘relational’ in ministry. We have been known to say things like: ‘Prioritise relationships over programs’, or ‘It’s all about the relationships!’ But what do we mean when we say these things? Being ‘relational’ is one of those terms that has been used so much that its… Read more
8 steps for nurturing faith
The goal of nurturing Christian faith across the generations and equipping people to live as disciples of Jesushas guided Christian Churches for 2000 years. In the twenty-first century, faith formation involves intentionally planning a journey of lifelong discipleship.
An intergenerational confirmation resource
A FLEXIBLE WAY FOR ALL AGES TO GROW Grow Disciples is a resource emerging from a Grow Ministries goal to assist pastors and congregations reflect on their approaches to confirmation. In Grow Disciples you will experience a refreshing shift from providing a confirmation class to building a community. Through intergenerational relationships, conversation and practical applications… Read more