Opening Doors to Discipleship
Opening Doors to Discipleship (ODTD) began as an ecumenical partnership between five Reformed denominations that developed a training and learning website for church leaders.
We recognize that contemporary Christian Education is at its best when we listen to diverse voices, collaborate with one another, and share our collective wisdom. Therefore, the new ODTD site was designed by a group of writers who represent these values. We invite you to explore the new ODTD website. The ODTD Quick Sheet is available to answer any questions you may have regarding ODTD.
Supporting Children in LGBTQIA+ Families
Today’s families come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and forms, yet there are those who do not welcome families that look different from the traditional mother-father-children family model. Both the parents and the children in families who experience hurtful comments or who are not welcomed by neighbors, for instance, need support in weathering negativity that may come their way. God made each and every one of us a beloved child of God, no matter who or how we love. The activities and resources that follow are for families and churches to use in helping to acknowledge the beloved-ness of everyone in God’s eyes, particularly LGBTQIA+ children and families.
APCE adopts new name
APCE is now the Association of Partners in Christian Education!
From the Diversity Task Force – Children and Anti-Racism Toolkit
We, the Association of Partners in Christian Education, value faith formation for all ages, stages, and walks of life. As we continue to learn and grow as baptized people, we acknowledge a lack of diversity in our organization. As followers of Jesus Christ, we admit we fall short in acting upon what we hear, not listening to all voices at the table. We acknowledge that our actions, both implicit and explicit, have stifled these voices long silenced. Jesus calls us to inclusiveness, which we seek to embody as we wrestle with how to achieve diversity, equity, and justice.
The purpose of the Association of Partners in Christian Education, Inc. is to advance educational ministries in the Church and increase the ongoing witness of our faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. APCE encourages professional recognition through certification and/or designation, provides opportunities for improvement of professional skills, supports personal enrichment, actively advocates for church education, serves as a channel to and from denominational structures, and recognizes achievements and innovative contributions of church educators. The corporation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.