Finding the spark
Finding the spark

Everyone needs a way in. The church growth literature has emphasized that visitors to your church need to be greeted by someone who will make them feel welcome and will

What to do with 4th- and 5th-graders in Sunday School?
What to do with 4th- and 5th-graders in Sunday School?

After several years of experimentation, we have found a model that works well for 4th- and 5th-grade students. Grace Episcopal in Charleston, SC is a large parish with close to

Faith lessons from Comic Con
Faith lessons from Comic Con

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you probably heard a lot about what I was up to this past weekend. That is, unless you blocked me due to fatigue

Conference Download: Thoughts on Taking the Mountaintop Home
Conference Download: Thoughts on Taking the Mountaintop Home

When you get home from a conference, fired up and excited by ideas, do you find it hard to sustain the enthusiasm? Or several weeks after being back have you

What two months at VTS taught me about learning
What two months at VTS taught me about learning

  To compile a list of the things I’ve learned in my time at VTS would be a near-impossible task; it’s been an incredibly informative two months. A list of the

‘Show me’ state of mind
‘Show me’ state of mind

What is Vacation Bible School (VBS)? Fewer and fewer people have any idea. That’s partly because fewer churches are offering VBS. And it’s partly because fewer people are attending church or,

(Re)constructing curriculum
(Re)constructing curriculum

I recently tagged along on a phone conversation between a seminary instructor and spiritual director and the publisher she had worked with to produce some curriculum for young adults. Over

Ministry on the Beach…and in High School, too
Ministry on the Beach…and in High School, too

It is a spring day on the beach and I’m listening to the waves from the Gulf of Mexico as they arrive gently on the shore. I stand next to

Faith makes anything possible
Faith makes anything possible

Never have I clung so desperately to a cliché as I did to “faith makes anything possible” in the first week of my work at the Virginia Theological Seminary. In that

Music by Heart, Beginning Each Day: Episcopal elementary schools celebrate through daily worship
Music by Heart, Beginning Each Day: Episcopal elementary schools celebrate through daily worship

  Imagine two hundred children, all under the age of twelve, attending chapel at eight o’clock in the morning, actively participating in worship and even paying attention to the homily.