Telling Our Stories in Worship

Carol WehrheimTelling Our Stories

“I was driving on a very, very, snowy, icy, visibility-zero highway.” With these words, the congregation quieted waited for the next line. A congregational member was telling the story, the testimony, of another member, anonymous to the teller and the congregation. For two years, the congregation of Nassau Presbyterian Church heard these stories in the worship service. The stories were rich with meaning and filled with faith. They brought tears and laughter. Listening, we marveled … Read More

Going Live

Tanner PickettTelling Our Stories

So you’ve got an amazing ministry going and you’d like to get people involved. What if there were a way for hundreds, even thousands of people to witness and even participate in that ministry? Well, luckily for you, there is. Social media has worked its way into nearly every aspect of our lives. We’ve seen it evolve over the last decade from digital content in the form of blogs, to making connections and sharing our … Read More

Escape Room: Fun for Team Building

Carol WehrheimGames

Perhaps you have seen an Escape Room in your community and wondered what it is. These rooms have become popular for team building. When I heard Angie Olsen, a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, NJ, tell about taking her team from work there, I decided to interview her. Angie: I took my finance team and we went with a colleague who took his internal audit team. We needed more than my team of three. … Read More

The Gameful Church

Ken Evers-HoodGames

Do you like games? Chances are the people you serve do. When I ask church groups to tell me their idea of what a “gamer” looks like, folks invariably guess a teenage boy playing videogames alone in his room. The reality is quite different. Even if we just talk about video and computer games the average gamer is much older than most people expect. In 2016 nearly half of gamers were over the age of … Read More

God Nods

Jill DuffieldTelling Our Stories

Early into my tenure as the pastor of a small church in rural North Carolina, when I was anxious about preaching every week and unsure God would indeed supply the words through the Word from Sunday to Sunday, I received a gift. I received a divine gift, what a friend of mine calls a “God nod.” A God nod is a small, but unmistakable affirmation of God’s presence. As I drove to worship on this … Read More

What Every Educator Should Know – But First You Have To Ask! 

The APCE Advocacy TeamAPCE, What Every Leader Needs to Know

We have all been there—or will be some day. You are dry-mouthed, nervously seated before a group of church members you have never met before who have the title of Director/Minister of Christian Education Search Committee. After some conversation, they turn to you and say, “Do you have any questions for us?” And your mind goes blank. In an effort to help us all, your APCE Advocacy Ministry Team has developed questions for all stages … Read More