A few quick thoughts on ‘Echo the Story’
A few quick thoughts on ‘Echo the Story’

A couple of weeks ago, our colleague Randall Curtis posted a review of the youth curriculum “Echo the Story” to a Facebook group of Episcopal faith formation practitioners. The review was written by an intern

Book Review: You Lost Me
Book Review: You Lost Me

Title: You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith Author: David Kinnaman (from the Barna Group) Year: 2011 Thesis: The church emphasizes creating a large number of

‘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,

Podcast review: God Complex Radio
Podcast review: God Complex Radio

Title: God Complex Radio Tagline: “If you’ve got a God complex, you’d better get over it.” Creators: Carol Howard Merritt, Derrick Weston, and Rob Dyer Genre: Interview Frequency: Every 1–2 weeks Availability: iTunes, RSS, Streaming Study Guides: Yes

Book Review: Souls in Transition
Book Review: Souls in Transition

Title:  Souls in Transition: The Religious & Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults Author: Christian Smith with Patricia Snell Year: 2009 Thesis: The main determining factor of how religiously-inclined a young adult is/will be

Podcast review: Pray-as-you-go
Podcast review: Pray-as-you-go

Title: Pray-as-you-go Tagline: ”Daily prayer for your MP3 player” Creators: Jesuit Media Initiatives Genre: Prayer, Bible Study Frequency: Daily Availability: iTunes, RSS, direct download Study guides: None (no need) ** What are they up to? Prayer, without ceasing.

Book review: Faith Formation 4.0
Book review: Faith Formation 4.0

Faith Formation 4.0 (Morehouse, 2013) is essential reading for contemporary church leadership. Much like a “build your own adventure,” the content is organized to encourage readers concerned about evangelization and/or faith

Episcopal Children’s Curriculum art
Episcopal Children’s Curriculum art

Ruth and Naomi (available here) I regularly get calls and emails from faith formation folks looking for Church-related image libraries. Sometimes they want to supplement worship bulletins or slides; other

Book review: Speaking Faithfully
Book review: Speaking Faithfully

We talk to a lot of faith formation volunteers and professionals in our work in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching. One pattern we’ve noticed over the past six months

Program review: Open Doors
Program review: Open Doors

An excellent and extensive toolkit for newcomer ministries is now available from LeaderResources, an online publisher of Christian formation resources. Written by veteran formation leader Linda Grenz, this resource is