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Four Learning Practices for Sermon Engagement
Learning practices have rich application for sermon engagement. Here are four easy-to-implement strategies to allow each sermon to be more formative in our daily lives.
Article | February 14, 2018
Worship and Mental Health
What we say or fail to say about mental health concerns in worship settings can be profoundly formative for how Christian communities respond to these challenges.
Article | January 04, 2018
Congregations and Persons with Dementia: A Story and Ideas to Try
TOGETHER is a new Bible study curriculum designed to include, appeal to, and challenge adults of varying abilities. The new curriculum is building community in ways that enrich worship in congregations and congregation members with dementia.
Article | December 08, 2017
Does Church Location Make Any Difference?
Because human beings are embodied creatures, the shape of the material world—in particular, the shape of the built environment—will affect their spiritual lives, both in relation to God and to each other.
Article | October 24, 2017
When Helping Heals: Affirming Global Service in our Churches
Providing charitable support and development assistance to people in need can and does work, but, like any important activity, we must learn how to do it well.
Article | August 22, 2017
¡Le pidieron dar el sermón infantil!
Este material ofrece valiosos recursos prácticos para aquellas personas que tienen el privilegio y la responsabilidad de prepararse y compartir el mensaje infantil.
Article | August 11, 2017
Why We Need to Know the History of Our Churches
The fact remains that most American Christians remain startlingly ignorant of critical aspects of their church’s history. Learning this history can help us more faithfully know ourselves, love others, and follow Christ.
Article | August 07, 2017
Ten Ways to be More Inclusive and Welcoming in Worship and Church Life
Here are helpful suggestions for congregations who strive to include people across the full spectrum of abilities in their small group settings and beyond.
Article | August 03, 2017
Sport and the Christian Life
Sport has a legitimate place in the Christian life.
Article | July 25, 2017
Worship Songs about Care for Creation
Caring about God’s good creation includes lamenting whatever harms it and joining God’s mission to make all things new. Songs from around the world explore these ideas.
Article | June 15, 2017
Learning New Worship Songs through YouTube
YouTube makes it easier to learn worship music, but it could also lead to cookie-cutter worship and unreasonable expectations for musicians.
Article | January 10, 2017
Silence, Beauty, and the Shape of Christian Discipleship
A video conversation and discussion guide to help shape Christian responses to questions of love and suffering, silence and beauty, as explored in the Martin Scorsese movie ‘Silence’ based on Shusaku Endo's novel.
Article | Video | November 28, 2016
“Diseño universal” para el culto
"Diseño universal" o “accesibilidad universal” es el estándar para la arquitectura actual: no queremos modernizar edificios para hacerlos accesibles; queremos construirlos de esa manera desde el principio. ¿Qué sucedería si esta visión se extendiera a los cultos que planificamos y dirigimos, y a todos los ministerios de la iglesia?
Article | November 16, 2016
¡Le pidieron dirigir el canto congregacional!
Este recurso ofrece algunos principios, estrategias, y consejos prácticos destinados a aquellas personas que ministran en los cultos de la iglesia mediante la dirección de canto congregacional. En este texto encontrará ideas sobre cómo prepararse para dirigir el canto; cómo presentar las canciones, cómo dirigir las canciones según su estilo, propósito, y los instrumentos musicales con los que cuenta; cómo enseñar nuevas canciones, y más.
Article | October 04, 2016
Faith Formation in Children, Teens and Emerging Adults
Children think differently from adults. Greater understanding of how children think can help parents, pastors and ministry leaders foster healthy faith in each stage of development.
Article | September 21, 2016
The Practice of Christian Worship
This article, translated into Amharic, comes from the Prologue of The Worship Sourcebook and explores elements of planning and leading congregational worship.
Article | August 31, 2016
Thinking Geographically about Congregational Ministries
Maps can help your congregation learn about itself, set ministry priorities and connect to the global church.
Article | August 26, 2016
Richard Henry Boyd and the National Baptist Hymn Book
Richard Henry Boyd was determined to give Jim Crow-era African-Americans their own voice in worship. Calvin College history professor Eric Washington tells the story of how the hymnal he published helped do that.
Article | August 24, 2016
When a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words: Visual Program Evaluation
Most people are familiar with the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but few consider what it means. Photographs are able to tell stories, and they can help your congregation see its ministries with fresh eyes.
Article | August 23, 2016