Why do we need church?

Why do we need church?

By: Nobody goes to the store and buys a grape; they come in bunches. So too, nobody sings in a choir of one or plays ping pong by herself. These things make no sense. So it is with the Christian faith. It is, by definition, a team sport. Yet there is a growing...
Words Matter!

Words Matter!

By: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rains fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock...
Curriculum: A necessary tool for teaching

Curriculum: A necessary tool for teaching

By: I have always considered the teacher/leader of a church school class or small group to be the most important factor for contributing to the faith formation of those in their classes or groups. The curriculum they use is important and necessary, but it is only a...
The power of the word

The power of the word

By: “Who are the seven deacons of the early church?” Beep! “Stephen, Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas.” “Correct, you get the point.” When I was in fourth grade, my friend and I were chosen to represent our...
Rethinking our relationships with young people

Rethinking our relationships with young people

By: I was sitting across from her at her kitchen table when she said it. Staring at me with eyes full of passion and a smile that expressed her excitement, she said, “We want you to do relational ministry with these kids; we want you to be incarnational because...