Shutting down the Sunday school
Shutting down the Sunday school

What would you do if the families in your parish were exceptionally regular in their attendance at worship, but only a few were committed to church school; the well of prospective teachers

Jerome Berryman on the Middle Realm
Jerome Berryman on the Middle Realm

There is much in our world that fractures and falls apart, so longing for a lasting center is perennial.  William Butler Yeats probed this longing in his poem “The Second

Why the Church needs a high camp-olgy
Why the Church needs a high camp-olgy

In the bubble of seminary you quickly discover that everyone wants to know where you stand on the high-low spectrum for dozens of –ologies (Christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, etc.). I often

The Reflective Practitioner: An Advent elf experiment
The Reflective Practitioner: An Advent elf experiment

Advent. At home. With the kids.Where do I start? I don’t have a wreath. I don’t have a fancy calendar. I don’t have time. Then I saw the familiar message: Slow

The Reflective Practitioner: Five ways to move onward
The Reflective Practitioner: Five ways to move onward

The theme at this year’s National Youth Workers’ Convention was Onward. That’s a great theme for any youth program and one I’ve been reflecting on since the conference. This January,

Curriculum review: The Story
Curriculum review: The Story

Choosing a curriculum for your congregation is a tricky business; there are a lot of questions to ask and answer before you dive in and begin planning. There are the

Book review — Faithful Generations: Effective Ministry Across Generational Lines
Book review — Faithful Generations: Effective Ministry Across Generational Lines

In America today we have five living adult generations. This is a unique circumstance in our history. Thanks to improved public health initiatives and the advances of medical science, adults

Curriculum review — Spark: Activate Faith (rotation model)
Curriculum review — Spark: Activate Faith (rotation model)

I had the fortunate and rare experience of coming to work in a church with a thriving Sunday school program. My job was to maintain it, and since I had

Book review: Five-Minute Bible Devotions for Children
Book review: Five-Minute Bible Devotions for Children

These spiral-bound, beautifully illustrated books of devotional stories for children written by Pamela Kennedy and Anne Kennedy Brady and illustrated by Amy Wummer (from Ideals Children’s Books, 2012) are perfect for a

The evolution of the Sunday school superintendent
The evolution of the Sunday school superintendent

Let’s face it—in the 1950s, the religious education of children was easier. It’s not that the children were any different than today, but their environment certainly was. There are different