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Ron Rienstra on Liturgical Performance and Improvisation
You might think of performance as totally out of place in Holy Communion. But performance and improvisation can help leaders and worshipers show and tell the gospel with their whole selves.
Conversation | July 21, 2017
Ron Rienstra on the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
Christian traditions refer to the prayer before communion as the eucharistic prayer, the Great Thanksgiving, or the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving. If your Lord’s Suppers don’t include this prayer, then you very well may be missing out on a rich opportunity for faith formation.
Conversation | July 21, 2017
Faith Formation and Worship: A Worship Historian's View from the "End of the World"
Worship is a formative practice: through active engagement in liturgy, Christians are formed in a particular understanding of God, of others, and of themselves, and of what it means to live a Christian life in this world.
Video | June 30, 2017
Eric Mathis on Expanding Teens’ Vision of Worship
Defining “worship” is an essential step for churches that want to start including youth in planning and leading worship. Teenagers long for worship that connects to life issues such as justice, imagination, and the arts.
Conversation | February 14, 2017
First Steps for Including Teens in Planning and Leading Worship
Integrating youth leadership throughout the church is a new paradigm. But churches are reaping the benefits of mentoring youth to plan and lead worship.
Feature Story | February 13, 2017
Josiah Chung: Passing on Faith to New Generations
Many immigrant churches struggle to retain the next generation, especially because of language barriers and cultural differences. Pastor Josiah Chung is finding solutions that apply across cultures to many kinds of churches.
Conversation | January 24, 2017
Nancy Gordon on Sensing the Sacred
Nancy Gordon adapted the multisensory Young Children in Worship program for people with dementia. Her model deserves to be spread and developed more widely.
Conversation | October 17, 2016
Older Adults and Worship
This topic showcases opportunities for churches to nurture faith formation in, by and with aging adults.
Topic Showcase | October 05, 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
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
A Roundtable on Connecting Sunday’s Worship to Monday’s Work
Six pastors and scholars share ideas to help congregations authentically practice God’s vision of shalom in worship and at work.
Conversation | August 23, 2016
Aging Together in Grace
Churches can offer a countercultural message about the gifts of older adults and walking with them through the challenges of aging.
Feature Story | August 02, 2016
Nancy Foran on a “Wisdom of Our Elders” Service
Residents of senior living facilities often are treated as recipients of worship services presented by visiting groups. Nancy Foran offers an alternative design to receive and honor the wisdom of older adults.
Conversation | August 02, 2016
El culto como práctica formativa
Uno de los movimientos más importantes en los campos de Estudios Litúrgicos y Educación Cristiana en los últimos 30 años ha sido un renovado énfasis en cómo las prácticas cristianas modelan la espiritualidad de la congregación y de sus miembros.
Audio | April 28, 2016
Cory Willson on Inhabiting the Liturgy
Maybe you feel like a bad Christian when you catch yourself thinking about work or weekday concerns during corporate worship. But doing so can help you worship more deeply and faithfully.
Conversation | March 21, 2016
The Worship Pastor: Thinking Through the Pastoral Dimensions of Worship Leading
Whether we know it or not, as worship leaders, we are pastors. The services we plan and lead have a formative effect on the worshipers with whom we gather weekly. The question is not if people are being formed by our leadership, but how.
Audio | March 14, 2016
Faith Formation, Cradle to Grave
Churches have a variety of faith forming activities. It can be difficult to see how they fit together to form the faith of young and older members of the congregation. Worship is one of the few activities that many churches do with all ages.
Audio | March 14, 2016
Incorporating Faith and Work into the Worship Service
How do we help people connect their faith to their work in our worship services? For many Christians, bringing faith into the workplace falls into two main categories—evangelism and ethics.
Audio | March 03, 2016
Children and Worship
With a new frontier of research on children's spirituality, research as well as experience is showing churches that creating a sacred space for children, where they can encounter the living God, is vital for their faith formation.
Audio | March 02, 2016