The 45ers

The 45ers

By: Scott Dobovsky This is not a group of middle aged adults! At Valley Community Presbyterian Church where I am a member, a group called the 45ers meets Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. This is not a group of middle-aged adults, but children in the fourth and fifth...
Leaving the Church

Leaving the Church

By: Beth Terpstra I’m a young adult, and I’ve left the church. I guess I should qualify my statement. I haven’t left the church. I’ve left my church, my denomination; the secure structure of Reformed theology that was very formative throughout...
Finishing Well

Finishing Well

By: Toni Schaefer People who are experiencing the advent of their own mortality, or that of a loved one, go through a profound experience, a solitary, yet communal one. It is the communal aspect we can affect — all the while realising that this is someone else’s...
The Present of the Church

The Present of the Church

By: Charles B. Hardwick “We need more children in the pews. After all, children and youth are the future of the church.” If church staffs had a dime for every time they heard a sentiment like this, the Christian education budgets would grow in churches around North...
The Gracious Gift of Retirement

The Gracious Gift of Retirement

By: George Brown Jr. My wife Willa retired at age 63 and now, seven years later, I have retired at age 70. Our experience reflects something of the diversity in expectations for retirement of those engaged in religious vocations. Some years ago at a pre-retirement...
Resources for Forming Faith

Resources for Forming Faith

By: Mary E. Speedy Faith Formation 4.0: Introducing an Ecology of Faith in a Digital Age, Julie Anne Lytle. Morehouse Publishing, 2013. Using an ecological approach to study how emerging technologies affect individual and communal formation, Faith Formation 4.0 looks...