A congregation’s community project often starts with someone’s idea or dream, followed by a plan designed by a core team, and then, a group of volunteers willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Yet how can this worthy work be sustained over time? Whether the project involves food, clothing, or housing assistance or counseling and job training or organizing residents around an issue of local importance like the need for a community garden or more stop signs, at some point the program ...
"We need to stop believing that teaching the Bible in an educational setting will bring today’s children and youth to a life of faith." —Debbie Gline Allen
"If faith formation is to be relevant and transformational, it must be renewed and reimagined by every generation." —Karen Ziel
" Even though I didn’t understand the language being spoken, I clearly understood the purpose and meaning behind the act of giving praise, acknowledging our blessings, and offering one’s self to be of service through prayer." — Amanda Simpson
"I have often felt as if I can see God in the faces of the congregation when I am singing." — Dori Hall
"The blessing of a caring community will be realized in countless ways." — Debby Kirk
"Do you know a young seeker who has an inquisitive spirit? Is there a youth in your congregation who is ready to explore faith at a deeper level?" — Debby Kirk
Tim Shapiro, from the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, believes that vibrant congregations exhibit a commitment to increasing congregational capacity. As demands on congregations grow, clergy and laity struggle to “maintain agency over their problems rather than the problems having hold on them.
This interview features two faith formation leaders who currently serve CT congregations and are participating in Vibrant Faith University, or VFU. VFU offers a certificate in Faith Formation for the 21st Century. “It will immerse you into the new world of faith formation.” What are the benefits to leaders? What is the potential impact to your ministry? Sue Timony-Hall and Rosemary Lamie shared their experience with Karen Ziel, Minister of Faith Formation and Leadership for the CT. Conference
A Reflection on Mentored Relationships This reflection offers insights about our new Mentored Relationships model for leadership development. Karen Ziel, Minister of Faith Formation and Leadership discussed our pilot program with the two Christian Education professionals engaged working together. The mentor, Ms. Karlene Archambeault, has been the Co-Director of Christian Education at the First Congregational Church of Southington, CT. since 1990. The mentee, Ms. Jessica Lyman, is the Director of...