Faith Practices with Children

Priscilla Andre-ColtonSpiritual Practices

About two years ago we had a group of adults exploring faith practices using Dorothy C. Bass’ book Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People. They were thoroughly enjoying learning new ways to experience God’s presence in their everyday lives. One mom commented, “I wish we could do something like this with our children.” It got me thinking and searching. Then I discovered Living Well: Christian Practices for Everyday Life, edited … Read More

Looking Ahead to Summer Ministry: Spiritual Practices for Camp Worship, Mission Trips, and Summer Worship

Sandy SaffordSpiritual Practices

Planning for a group worship time this summer? Try one of these practices, from Sandy Safford. Washed Clean This activity focuses on the practice of forgiveness–on receiving a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning through the grace of God. Supplies Oriental rice paper (sold by the roll at stores that carry art supplies), cut into 3-4 inch squares Washable markers (brown & black are preferable) Large clear glass/plastic bowl, filled with water Reflective … Read More

Working with a Spiritual Director: A Transformative Experience

Martha RockensteinSpiritual Practices

Many Christian Educators and pastors move through their ministry on automatic. They keep on doing what they are doing and probably doing it adequately. However, there usually comes a time when they start running on empty, when they feel like they are losing themselves in their ministry, have lost their identity as a child of God, or are just plain stuck. Several years ago I was at that point. I felt “stuck” and far from … Read More

How to Foster Seamless Faith

Traci SmithSpiritual Practices

When I teach parents how to incorporate spiritual practice into their family routine, I stress this truth: Faith is learned when it’s woven seamlessly into the fabric of our everyday lives. The idea is that faith practices that have lasting impact are incorporated into daily life effortlessly. Of course, things that appear effortless in our lives are often things that we’ve nurtured through deliberate practice and patience. I’m committed to helping families develop meaningful faith … Read More

Spiritual Practices for Congregations

Lynne BaabSpiritual Practices

After church on Sunday, a family prays together for the upcoming week. A small group sets aside a day to fast and pray for one of their members who has cancer. A congregation buys copies of a Lenten devotional so everyone can spend time each day reading a Bible passage and pondering the meaning of the events that lead up to Easter. Increasingly, groups of people–families, small groups, and congregations– are taking part in communal … Read More

A Message from the President

Von ClemansSpiritual Practices

In his classic book The Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster says, “The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” Our calling as educators can lead us at times to focus on increasing the intelligence of those in our pews and classrooms. We also focus on building their gifts. But if the result is only surface change, we have missed out on the challenge … Read More