Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home

Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home

By: Traci Smith When my oldest son, Clayton, was four months old, he contracted his first cold. The pediatrician said it wasn’t cause for alarm, to monitor him closely, and to bring him back if anything got worse. I spent the whole day worried. I trusted our doctor,...
An Imperfect Lineage: A Youth Reflection on the Genealogy of Jesus

An Imperfect Lineage: A Youth Reflection on the Genealogy of Jesus

By: Kaylee Osteen “An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”  Matthew 1:1 (NRSV) Over the past few years, the summer Montreat Youth Conferences have inspired me in a multitude of ways.  Escaping to the mountains of North...
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...
How to Foster Seamless Faith

How to Foster Seamless Faith

By: Traci Smith When I teach parents how to incorporate spiritual practice into their family routine, I stress this truth: Faith is learned when it’s woven seamlessly into the fabric of our everyday lives. The idea is that faith practices that have lasting impact are...