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Faith Formation from Birth to Age 20
This fast-paced audio session is helpful for parents, teachers, mentors and anyone who cares about the faith formation of the next generation.
Audio | August 24, 2016
How Ritual Training Overflows into Expressive Worship
Lay training in both formative and expressive liturgy helps Catholic adults and youth live out their identity in the universal priesthood of all faithful believers. Protestants can learn from this.
Feature Story | February 09, 2016
Dale Sieverding on Cultural Differences in Recruiting Youth
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched a summer camp to train young Catholics to lead in local liturgical ministries. They discovered that finding gifted youth requires different approaches in different cultures.
Conversation | February 09, 2016
Praying and Leading with the Psalms
This workshop offers ideas and activities, many of which have been used with junior high, high school, and college youth, for working with the psalms in small groups or educational settings to prepare pieces that can help lead worship or devotional study.
Audio | February 25, 2015
What Makes All Ages Delight in the Psalms
The learning went both ways when two school communities decided to “dwell in the Psalms” for a year. Their Psalms-based creations revealed that the Spirit can work through kids and adults of any age to nourish faith.
Feature Story | November 07, 2014
Kathy Hanson on Youth Delivering Homilies
Usually teachers give the homily during daily worship at Mustard Seed School in Hoboken, New Jersey. When the school asked every eighth grader to give a homily, the results surprised and blessed the whole community.
Conversation | November 07, 2014
A Commissioning Liturgy for Young People Going Away
After high school many young people move away, often leaving home for the first time. This major life event can be acknowledged in the church. Here is a commissioning service based on 1 Corinthians 12.
Worship Service | August 13, 2014
The Church of All Ages Annotated Bibliography
An annotated bibliography of resources useful to reach all ages of a congregation.
Bibliography | April 16, 2014
Planning Worship with Teens Showcase
This showcase gathers up several resources to help you teach young people about worship. Many of these resources have been adapted from the Worship Apprentice program developed at Calvin College.
Topic Showcase | December 02, 2013
Jeff Meyers on Signing Bibles to Promote Intergenerational Faith Formation
Pastor Jeff Meyers explains why First Union members write in Bibles presented to youth graduating from fifth grade and high school.
Conversation | October 03, 2013
Kristi Holmberg on Hope for Healing the Earth
Like many young adults, Kristi Holmberg is keenly aware of inheriting an earth damaged by previous generations. However, rather than despair or turn cynical, she began during college to connect with Christians who are working toward a just and sustainable future.
Conversation | June 10, 2013
The New Adolescent and Sticky Faith
Research shows a decline in adolescent and young adult participation in church. An essential first step in responding to this crisis is being reintroduced to the new adolescent that dwells in our homes, schools and church communities.
Audio | February 22, 2013
150 Ways to Talk to God: Introducing Kids and Teens to the Psalms
The Psalms are vital in the life of Christians, but children and teens have a difficult time understanding this emotionally charged book.
Audio | February 22, 2013
The Reconciling, Sanctifying, Energizing Power of Worship's Urban Beat
East End Fellowship in Richmond, Virginia, started an urban songwriting internship and a gospel choir to reflect its congregational values of incarnation and reconciliation.
Feature Story | October 11, 2012
Face to Face Choir Tour - Rehoboth Christian School Choir Concert
The Rehoboth Christian School choir sings at the Calvin College Chapel on March 27, 2012 as part of their Face to Face tour. They are joined by members of the Grand Rapids Christian Middle School Choir and Maple Avenue's Tabernacle of Praise. This free event is co-sponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and is open to the public.
Video | April 10, 2012
National Study of Youth and Religion
The National Study of Youth and Religion is a research project designed to enhance our understanding of the religious lives of American youth from adolescence into young adulthood.
Website | October 19, 2011
Parenting in the Pew: The Call, Cost, and Challenge of Children in the Sanctuary
Based on the book Parenting in the Pew, this session considered ways the church and home can work together to train children for participation in worship with the intergenerational community.
Audio | January 28, 2011
Why Churches are Engaging Hip Hop Culture
Now that the gospel and hip hop have gone global, churches are exploring how to reach hip hop culture with the good news that another world is possible. A feature story exploring hip-hop culture.
Feature Story | April 19, 2010
Trusting God in Youth Ministry: Living Our Faith Together
Want to do youth ministry with more trust, less anxiety? A feature story with practical tips for developing sustainable youth ministry in which congregations experience themselves as one body growing together in love.
Feature Story | April 05, 2010