Rethinking Summer Mission Activity: The Mission Un-Trip

by Brittany Porch Upon canceling our summer mission trips due to Covid-19, the church Session committed to an alternative mission experience for our youth that was safe and offered a meaningful service experience. To pull this off, I had quite the task set before me....

Lessons Learned from Virtual VBS

As churches have made adjustments to their regular Christian education programming since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Advocate blog (and APCE leaders) have offered suggestions for program adjustments. We thought we’d follow up with one congregation who...

Leaning Out, Letting Go

By Kathy L. Dawson As educators, we know that there are certain times in the liturgical year that are busier than others. The cycle of Lent to Holy Week to Easter to Pentecost tends to be one of those periods of intense activity and for good reason, as this is the...
Improvise

Improvise

By: Many years ago I worked for an interfaith organization in some of the toughest neighborhoods in Houston, Texas.  Our goal was to help congregations connect with their communities. One of the congregations we partnered with overlooked a building that had been...
Finding Space for New Ministries

Finding Space for New Ministries

By: When I began working as a youth director in the church 14 years ago, I had a list of things I thought all youth should know about God. I found curriculum and experiences that helped me check off this rigid list, congratulating myself on graduated seniors that...
Thin Places in Digital Spaces

Thin Places in Digital Spaces

By: Kimberly Knight Imagine the scene at our church on any given Wednesday. As people begin to arrive, prelude music  is  playing softly while candles flicker and float in a pool of water. This group has been worshipping together for over a year now, and their joy...