Reading the bible behind bars
Reading the bible behind bars

Two or three Tuesdays a month I visit the re-entry unit at the Washington, DC Jail. I spend an hour or so talking with some of the incarcerated men about

Landscape of Adult Faith Formation
Landscape of Adult Faith Formation

Recently I met with the rector of a large congregation to talk about adult faith formation. Every church is unique and has complex issues that both support and get in

A prototyping mindset for ministry
A prototyping mindset for ministry

I recently participated in the Future of Adult Faith Formation 2015 National Symposium hosted by CMT friend and colleague John Roberto. It has me thinking about innovation in the church. One of John’s

Let’s play
Let’s play

A child turns over a bucket of packed sand on the beach to add a third turret to an elaborate sand castle. Margaret has been building that castle for hours

Telling Stories: A Way to come back Home
Telling Stories: A Way to come back Home

As the bishop of a diocese in The Episcopal Church, I have been concerned about the decline in church attendance across denominations over the past decades. I used to think

Spirituality constantly grows throughout life
Spirituality constantly grows throughout life

“Each stage and phase of life is ordained by God and therefore has a purpose. . .We grow in never-ending spirals of change, as the progression of our lives ebbs

Environmental education and faith formation
Environmental education and faith formation

The Gravatt Environmental Education Program (GEEP) is one way Gravatt fulfills its environmental mission. For the past five years, GEEP has existed to increase awareness, knowledge and appreciation of South

Youth confirmation as a catalyst for congregational development
Youth confirmation as a catalyst for congregational development

In late July, I stood up in front of a packed house at the Rethinking Confirmation conference and made some bold claims. When we, church leaders, believe confirmation really matters

Worship as formation
Worship as formation

Lately I’ve been suggesting that churches consider using worship as the center of formation for young people. My thinking grew out of a conversation with a former rector, now retired

The blessings of constant contact and micro-content
The blessings of constant contact and micro-content

The sayings of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings that are given by one shepherd. Of anything beyond these, my child, beware.