APCE’s “Why” The Second of a Two-Part Conversation

APCE’s “Why” The Second of a Two-Part Conversation

By: Ken McFayden Several weeks ago, I began a conversation on Why APCE? I hope my thoughts stimulated your thoughts as you reflect upon why APCE matters to you, to the church, and to people on a life-long journey of growth in faith. Today, I offer a glimpse into the...
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...
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...
Rituals and Transitions: Back-to-School Litanies

Rituals and Transitions: Back-to-School Litanies

By: As we move into fall programming, the Advocate will spend several weeks on a series of articles about Rituals and Transitions. We’ll hear from Gina Yeager-Buckley about connecting youth ministry to rites of passage in adolescence. Tammy Winchip will describe...
Lost in transition

Lost in transition

By: Derek Atkins If all the recent articles, books, blogs, and statistical studies are right, around two-thirds of the teens in our congregations are going to disconnect with the life of the church, and maybe even their Christian faith, as they make their way through...