From the Archives: Fear Not?

Brian BlountFrom the Archives

During Lent we will be reposting some excellent articles from our archives. As we struggle with the aftermath of another school shooting in the US, Brian Blount’s words from 2014 are relevant again. He reflected on fear as APCE looked toward the Annual Event in Baltimore. This article originally appeared in our September 2014 digital issue. Fear not! Yeah, right. Good advice. Unrealistic expectation. There is simply too much of which we are and, really, … Read More

Ashes to Go

Julie HesterLiturgical Year

I didn’t want to like it. The whole idea sounded a little contrived to me. I had read about people setting up Ash Wednesday ashes on a street corner, but didn’t like the idea of something rushed, outside of the atmosphere of worship. I got talked into it by an enthusiastic colleague. (And probably the Holy Spirit.) And I’m grateful! This will be the third year we will do Ashes to Go on Ash Wednesday … Read More

Greetings from the Advocate Ministry Team!

The Advocate TeamAnnual Event

Most of us were able to gather in Louisville at the 2018 APCE Annual Event. With hundreds of other educators from across the wider church, we worshiped and workshopped, heard challenging and inspiring reflections on hospitality, and connected with friends old and new. Over the coming weeks, we will share some of the rich resources from that event, and from our members. APCE matters because growing in faith matters. We are glad to partner with … Read More

Singing Faith All Day Long

Ingrid LadendorfUncategorized

I have a vivid memory of singing “God made the sea and God made me” in our Methodist worship when I was in first grade. There were many aspects of that experience that are memorable, but the words in my head have remained connected to that melody since I learned it. Years later, and miles away from that Methodist church, I remember what I sang. Together, words and music are powerful. We remember what we … Read More

A New Song: Secular Music in Ministry

Steve LindsleyUncategorized

As a grade-school kid, I have vivid memories of my father sitting at the foot of my bed at night, six-string guitar in hand, singing me to sleep with beautiful lullabies. They were not, however, typical bedtime fare. Leave it to my Dad to soothe me to sleep with The Doors’ “Light My Fire” and “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals!  Somehow it worked, and I loved it. Not only did my dad … Read More

From the Archives: Storying to Build an Atmosphere of Trust and Mutual Respect

Al MulderFrom the Archives

In honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, we share this article from our archives, first printed in our quarterly journal in June 2012. How might storying be a part of your ministry today? Storying is the telling of our stories. Although “storying” is not in any dictionary, it is part of the vocabulary at Faith Alive Christian Resources. Storying was introduced to Faith Alive by D. John Lee, a psychologist at the Michigan … Read More