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Dawn Rundman, Sparkhouse, Augsburg Fortress
Who are young people today and what in our cultural narrative impacts how youth hear, interpret, and live out God’s story? Learn about the gifts, energy, and passions youth have for their life of discipleship and how adults can effectively guide and direct their gifts and passions as they live out (and into) their unique stories.
Handouts for this webinar
with Carol Jacobson, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
How does where you live make a difference for how you live and tell God’s story? Learn how Jesus’s attention to his context(s) and listener(s) shapes how he tells his story and receives theirs, and consider how attention to context and place presents both challenges and opportunities in sharing God’s story with others.
Story of Scripture
with Julia Fogg, California Lutheran University
Discover God’s story as revealed in Scripture and how that enduring story shapes the unfolding stories of God’s people. Through reading the stories of a God who breaks boundaries and crosses borders to reach people, you are invited to connect with the ministry of Jesus and orient your story to receive, follow, and pursue God’s good work.
with Colleen Windham-Hughes
We live by stories. In the middle of God’s story, which includes all of creation and the life of Jesus, we live and tell our life stories. Learn how living your story as part of God’s story shifts your perspective to search for the good in your neighbor, community, and self.
with Dave Ellingson
The biblical narrative is a powerful story of pilgrimage, a journey from creation, through death and into new life. This session will explore how this powerful narrative becomes a framework for how we view the world and our lives and how we invite children, youth and families into this powerfully transformative story.
Framing YouthSociety’s views and stereotypes of youth are based primarily on myths. Unfortunately, many of our ministry practices are influenced by these myths. This session will uncover some of the myths that cause us to frame our young people negatively and will offer practical ways to help you and your congregation to begin framing youth as children of God who have gifts to share and calls to live.
with Jeremy Myers
Framing Christian Community
with Joshua Graber
Handouts referred to during the webinar:
Rhetorical Triangle Tool
Relational Meeting Questions
Framing the Vision: Seeing Things New
with Mindy Makant;
Baptismal Promise Handout
“Where there is no vision, the people will perish . . .” (Proverbs 29:18). That sounds great, but how do you figure out what that vision is and get people to buy into it? This session will explore the various ways ministry with children, youth and families fit within a congregation and will introduce you to some steps you can take and some tools you can use to guide your congregation through a process of discerning its mission for ministry with children, youth and families.
Framing the Path; Practicing Thing New
with Rozella White;
You have come to realize that the culture is shifting. Church is not as important in peoples’ lives as it once was. You are also probably convinced that your congregation’s approach to ministry with children, youth and families needs to change. Maybe you even have some ideas! This session will help you frame a path towards change in your congregation. We will help one another identify and plan the steps we need to take to create the change we need to see in our congregations’ ministry with children, youth and families.
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September 1st at 1pm centralMindy Makant, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Making room to hear others’ stories is an act of hospitality in which Christ is present. Listening to such stories helps us see beyond what is to what can/could/might be, opening imaginative possibilities and realities beyond the immediately visible and self-evident. Ultimately, our relationships with others can then inform and shape our own story.
October 6th at 1pm centralMark Jackson, Trinity Lutheran College
What stories get told through service experiences? Explore biblical stories of service and practices that make room for recognizing and honoring others’ stories. When service and mission experiences are thought of as more than projects and trips, service can become a lifelong spiritual practice and way of life.
November 3rd at 1pm centralJohn Cummings, Meghan Sobocienski, and Elizabeth Flores, Grace in Action
How can the historical church - ekklesia -translate to who we are called to be as church today? Stories of Jesus and the early “church” show us how we can be a true community of faith, across racial, socioeconomic and other boundaries that so frequently divide us. Engage in interactive conversation and activities that explore what it means to be a faith community today.