Reformation Resources

Carol WehrheimLiturgical Year

Looking for ideas to help celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year? Check out some of these: From PC(USA)  Adult Resources  Donald McKim: Reformation Questions, Reformation Answers  Donald McKim: Moments with Luther, Meditations  Steven Paulson: Luther for Armchair Theologians  Martin Luther: A Simple Way to Pray (introduction by Marjorie Thompson)  Glenn S. Sunshine: The Reformation for Armchair Theologians  Being Reformed study: The Protestant Reformation  Youth and Young Adults  Five-session survey of church history that includes a look at Martin Luther’s life and … Read More

The Importance of the Follow-up

Josh RichardTelling Our Stories

I have had a dim view of church mission trips for much of my life. At best, they felt exploitative and self-righteous. At worst, they were damaging to vulnerable populations and an opportunity for a new Facebook profile photo. Anecdotally, that view is common among non-church goers. I think we’re getting the messaging wrong. We lead with dates and times and leave the stories of mission work untold. We spend a lot of time organizing … Read More

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