Why APCE? The First of a Two-Part Conversation

Why APCE? The First of a Two-Part Conversation

By: Ken McFayden Since being installed as president at the 2018 annual event, the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) has become a more central part of my life. More of my time. More of my energy. More of my focus. And during a period of my life when...
Reflecting on The Well at Burke Presbyterian Church

Reflecting on The Well at Burke Presbyterian Church

By: Arlene Decina   For the past five summers at Burke Presbyterian Church (BPC), we have taken a leap—from the traditional Vacation Bible School (VBS) that had always been a highlight of our children’s programming—into something that has been, for us, new and...
The Rite of Way in Faith: Rites of Passage and Youth Ministry

The Rite of Way in Faith: Rites of Passage and Youth Ministry

By: Gina Yeager-Buckley Rite of passage:  a ritual associated with a crisis or change of status such as marriage, illness or death for an individual. A ceremony or event marking the passage from one social or developmental stage or event to the next. Merriam-Webster...
The Reasons Why

The Reasons Why

By: Forrest Palmer I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19 NRSV). Change. We see it everywhere—in culture, in our denominations, in our churches. And we’re...
Balancing on a One-Legged Stool

Balancing on a One-Legged Stool

By: Rodger Nishioka Have you ever tried to sit comfortably on a stool with only one leg? It is pretty much impossible. To be dependable and to support our weight, a stool needs at least three legs. In the same way, throughout much of our North American church history,...