Passing the light: A renewed vision of Christian formation
Passing the light: A renewed vision of Christian formation

The light of Christ must be passed, flame to flame, candle to candle, to new Christians in this twenty-first century if it is to be kept alight. As we teach, we

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

Expanding faith formation reach with hybrid networks
Expanding faith formation reach with hybrid networks

Responding to a problem I serve as the “front line” in our consultation services here in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching. Every day, I answer emails, phone calls,

App review: It’s Advent
App review: It’s Advent

As a Christian, I consider Advent to be an incredible and holy time of anticipating God’s entrance into the world. Unfortunately, my twenty-first-century American response to waiting is generally to make

App review: Mission St. Clare
App review: Mission St. Clare

Google Play rating: 4.6/5 iTunes rating: 4+/5 My rating: 3/5 Price: Free Mission St. Clare’s Daily Office app is a tool I use constantly. It has a clear function and

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

Review: Taking the Advent Story Home
Review: Taking the Advent Story Home

Those of us on many publisher and ministry mailing lists are starting to see the ramp-up toward Advent. A popular offering from many organizations is the free booklet of Advent

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