Catching Up with Past Educator of the Year Recipients

Catching Up with Past Educator of the Year Recipients

  Dorothy Brown Henderson, APCE Educator of the Year 2005, sought to reinvent herself in retirement. After serving as a long-time educator in the Presbyterian Church in Canada and authoring resources and curricula for church programs, Henderson is now a full-time...

The Mission of Brown Jesus

  She sat in the middle of the crowd of about 100 students at a distinguished Christian university in Southern California. Following my keynote remarks titled “The Gospel and the Politics of Race,” she raised her hand sheepishly and asked the ten million dollar...
Annual Event Theme Reflection

Annual Event Theme Reflection

Theme reflection by Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity from A Sanctified Art LLC “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Luke 10:1). Jesus commissions seventy followers with these words, inviting them to be peace-bearers in new lands. Perhaps we might utter a...
Annual Event Theme Reflection

APCE Annual Event Scholarships

APCE is pleased to offer several scholarships to attend each year’s Annual Event, and for Certification Courses offered at the AE and the PC(USA) General Assembly. For more information and for Application forms, visit APCE is pleased to offer several scholarships to...
Annual Event Theme Reflection

Invitation to the 2020 Annual Event

Year after year, there are so many wonderful aspects to the Association of Presbyterian Church Educator’s Annual Event—old and new friends, helpful workshops, and inspiring worship and plenaries. Little Rock 2020 promises to offer all of these vital benefits, plus...
Lessons from Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) 2019

Lessons from Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) 2019

When I was approached about being a conference pastor at PYT, I was enlightened to a whole new perspective on the promise and power of being a connectional church beyond our denomination. Thanks be to God for the PC(USA) partnership with Cumberland Presbyterian Church...

Noticing Gave us a LIFT

It started with some noticings. We noticed that our Sunday morning church school attendance was getting smaller. We noticed that children were attending less frequently—we’d have a child in class one Sunday and then not see that child again for the next three weeks....
From the archives- Connect Activity and Outcome

From the archives- Connect Activity and Outcome

*This article by Brian McLaren was originally posted on Sept. 1, 2013 in preparation for the 2014 APCE Annual Event. Before I became a pastor, I was an educator. I taught college English—writing, technical writing, and some literature too. If there’s one habit that...
Educational Ministry on the Front Line

Educational Ministry on the Front Line

“Our Soldiers have been deployed for 15 months in Afghanistan.  Now that they’re back, some are having trouble reintegrating into family life. Let’s come up with something we can do to help.” That was the “front line” challenge given to me when I arrived at U.S. Army...
Educational Ministry on the Front Line

In the Heart of the City

Old Stone Church in Cleveland, Ohio has been meeting on Public Square in the heart of downtown Cleveland since 1820. Incorporated as the First Presbyterian Society in 1827, its first permanent building was dedicated in 1834. The church has maintained its place as “a...
Educational Ministry on the Front Line

What happens when church doors are opened?

Many congregations today find themselves questioning their purpose. With Christianity on the decline in the global north, the obvious question of most churches is, “How will we survive?” A deeper question that surfaces is, “What is our mission?” Congregations that ask...
Educational Ministry on the Front Line

Christian Education in a Retirement Community

Anxiety creeps up my neck. I’m in a last minute dash—fidgeting with uncooperative AV equipment before the start of Bible study. Do I have time to run off hard copies for the group? I silently pray as the chairs fill up. I glance at my watch. I’m teaching a five-week...
Educational Ministry on the Front Line

Ministry with Youth in an Affluent Community

Ministry with Youth in an Affluent Community Birmingham, Michigan. If you have lived anywhere near this area, you know that the stereotype of our population is well established. Recently someone in the area created a meme that linked the leading characters of “The...
Educational Ministry on the Front Line

Why House Church? Summer Series 2019

  Why a House Church? “Whose turn is it this week?” “I can host.” “Okay, we will meet up at 6 p.m. See you then.” Every Friday night, a group of ten adults and eight children and two soon-to-be borns gather. This group, our house church, is like a family. We cook...
Educational Ministry on the Front Line

Summer Series- Christian Education in Context

There are almost as many contexts for ministry as there are congregations.  This series will explore just a few of those places where a particular context is driving innovative approaches to educational ministry.  Readers will be challenged to examine their own...

Pentecost, an Acrostic

People, followers of Jesus the Christ, Excited by his resurrection, Nurtured by his ministry on earth,  Together they waited in Jerusalem. Every day wondering and praying, “Come, Advocate, Companion, Spirit of Truth.” On the fiftieth day, the rush of a mighty wind...
From the archives- Connect Activity and Outcome

From the Archives- Whether at Church or at Home

Congregations need to move past the old paradigm that the church is solely responsible for developing faith formation. Instead the church should be a mentor and someone to walk alongside parents as they develop faith formation in their own children. This is what 21st...
From the archives- Connect Activity and Outcome

From the Archives- Difficult Times of Children

The Difficult Times of Children: The Church’s Role When Lives Are Troubled by Rebecca Davis The ideal of childhood is characterized by the poet Francis Thompson writing on Shelley: Know you what it is to be a child? It is to be something very different from the...
From the archives- Connect Activity and Outcome

From the Archives- Children in Worship

  How Parents Can Help Involve Children in Worship by Dorothy Henderson   Worship is the central unifying act of the whole Christian community.  Parents, as well as other church members, believe that children belong in worship and should be fully involved as...
From the archives- Connect Activity and Outcome

From the Archives: Cradle Roll Revisited

The Cradle Roll Revisited: Ensure that the newest generation is not forgotten by Carol Wehrheim When I was a child, a cradle roll was displayed on the wall just outside the Beginners Sunday School room in my church. A large paper cradle was at the top. From it, on...
Easter Greetings from the Advocate!

Easter Greetings from the Advocate!

By Ann Weems               I think on Easter morning we should throw confetti in church! No? What about a little fanfare? A deafening drum roll? A three-minute standing ovation? What?  Have we had the drums beaten out of us That we in the celebrative community can’t...
Catching Up with Past Educator of the Year Recipients

A Prayer for Holy Week

A Holy Week Prayer for Educators Lord, we are ready to walk with you to Easter. Unless we are not. We have services planned, events prepared. Unless we do not. Our hearts are ready for the up and down, the cross and tomb, the sorrow and joy. Unless they are not....

Prayer Stations for the Generations

  Are you and your congregation interested in providing more intergenerational ministry, but are not yet ready to commit to any ongoing programs? If so, then testing the ground with a Prayer Station experience might be a way ahead for you. A Prayer Station is a...

The Labyrinth, A Prayer Practice for All Ages

Meg Scott-Johnson and Glynden Bode offered a workshop at APCE 2019 Annual Event on creating your own labyrinths. Participants first practiced drawing three-circuit and seven-circuit designs, then walked across the street to the beach where they created these...
Intergenerational Morning of Mission

Intergenerational Morning of Mission

by Corrie Berg An intergenerational day of community service. All hands needed. All ages welcome. What could be better? It punches all the Christian education tickets. It mixes the young and old, includes our children in the gospel-mandate to care for others, and...

8 Ideas to Try With Intergenerational Small Groups

by Karen DeBoer “Profoundly moving.” “Beautifully chaotic.” “An incredible gift.” Those are the words I heard again and again when I asked people to describe their intergenerational small groups. Something else they say frequently: “It’s difficult to find Bible study...

Intentional Intergenerational Ministry

By Tori Smit If I could attribute one tagline to Dr. Rodger Nishioka, past professor of Christian education at Columbia Theological Seminary, it would be “Our faith is communally constructed.” It is through rubbing shoulders with one another, telling stories of our...