Spiritual Generativity: Nourishing Vital Families

By Amy Valdez Barker
"Well, at least God loves me!" Those are the words that came out of my four-year old's mouth after he had been scolded for unacceptable actions toward his sister. I was sort of… read more

Singles Ministry

By Cindy Young and Ellen Bauman
Contrary to the stereotype of "singles" in the church as early twentysomethings, singles ministry is made up of people of all ages and stages of life: those who have never been… read more

Family Concerns: When to Refer

By Jessica Miller Kelley
Many seminarians in their introductory Pastoral Care class hear this cardinal rule for any counseling work they will do in their capacity as a congregational leader: Know when to… read more

Does Church Make You a Christian?

By David Dorn
Do you have to go to church to be a Christian? Yes and no. You don't have to go to church to be saved, but to really become a disciple of Jesus, it necessitates being in community … read more

Equals in the Kitchen

By Mike Poteet
Four-year-old Gavyn Boscio asked Santa for an Easy-Bake oven last Christmas. He was in good company. Since its 1963 debut, children from three generations have used the Easy-Bake… read more

Let the Children Come: Kids Coming to Church Without Parents

By Reggie Blount
"Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, 'Let… read more

What Wonder

By Kimberly MacNeill
Scripture: Psalm 136 Today I woke up and it seemed to me that Spring had indeed "sprung" outside my window. This being my first spring in Tennessee, I was really aware of all the… read more

They Call It Heartbreak Hill

By Adam Thomas
They call it Heartbreak Hill. It rises between the twentieth and twenty-first miles of the route of the Boston Marathon. It's not much of a hill, unless you've been running for… read more

Ideas for Elementary School-Aged Children

By Lavinia Thornton Odejimi and Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton
"This will be our reply to violence: To make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before." —Leonard Bernstein These activities can be done in a… read more

Congregations as Families of Faith: Beyond Age-Level Ministries

By Deech Kirk
According to national studies like Fuller Youth Institute's "Sticky Faith" (www.stickyfaith.org) and the National Study of Youth and Religion (www.youthandreligion.org), which of… read more

Evil Doesn't Win

By Andy Stoddard
April 16 is not my favorite day of the year. This is the day that I remember the power of evil and sin to destroy lives. And it's the day that reminds me that in the journey of my … read more

Talking to Children Following the Boston Marathon Bombing...And Listening!

By Melanie Gordon
Here we are again at a place where we need to reassure children that they are safe even when we may not feel safe ourselves. Shock, fear, anxiety, anger, and confusion are normal, … read more
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