Connections in the body of Christ

Pete EuwemaWays we connect

In our cell-phone, Internet, Facebook world, connections are important. We connect with family and friends, even strangers. The goal is to link, to find out what others are doing and to let others know what we are doing. When we are deprived of our media outlets, the world stands still. We want to connect and be connected. The body of Christ No image speaks to our connectivity more than the picture of the church as … Read More

Real community

Pete EuwemaWays we connect

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34–35, NRSV) When my wife and I moved to Toronto two years ago, for the first time in our married lives we found ourselves looking for a church as parishioners. This proved to be … Read More

Pray for your friends and change the world

Pete EuwemaWays we connect

Some of my friends are becoming Christians and I am helping! I want to tell you how so that you can choose to practice those ways and teach others to do the same. But first, two stories. I arrived at the Subway restaurant a little nervous about my lunch meeting with Ted. He had been coming to my church for several weeks, and now he wanted to talk. We had met at the gym. I … Read More

Living outside our silos

Pete EuwemaWays we connect

One Sunday during the adult education hour, our church youth group interviewed three elderly couples, asking questions about their lives and their faith. As the couples took turns answering the teens’ questions, the atmosphere in the room was electric. People were visibly moved as one couple talked about the pain of having children who didn’t walk with God. They laughed together at funny stories of everyday life. They listened intently to hard-won wisdom collected over … Read More

What relational youth ministry is not

Pete EuwemaWays we connect

Youth ministry is the church’s ministry, not just that of specialists who can “relate” to young people. The mandate to be there for young people belongs to the Christian community, not to any individual or group of individuals.” —Kenda Dean, Practicing Passion (Italics indicated by DeVries) When I first started out in youth ministry in the late 70s, relational youth ministry was all the rage, the new frontier. Anybody who was anybody in the youth … Read More

A book club can enhance your life, learning, love of God and others

Pete EuwemaWays we connect

Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding (Proverbs 3:13, Common English Bible).   Can you believe she said THAT!?!” “I could not possibly imagine doing such a terrible, frightening, wonderful (fill in the blank) thing.” “We had no idea the experience would end in this manner.” These are not the latest gossip snippets from friends and family, but rather a few quotations from book club meetings. The sister, the crazy cousin, … Read More