Education that empowers learners and integrates faith

Pete EuwemaStretching the boundaries of educational ministry

A first glance at the educational ministries of First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, AL, reveals similar ministries found in churches across the country, a variety of opportunities for all ages and stages of learners throughout the week. Deeper review indicates something much different — a Christian education ethos that empowers learners and integrates faith with all of life. According to Christian education director Jenny Thagard, education at First Tuscaloosa involves intentional planning for children, youth and … Read More

The call doesn’t end with retirement

Linda WilliamsStretching the boundaries of educational ministry

Being called to the vocation of a Christian educator does not always end when an educator packs up his or her books, markers, folders and file cabinet contents; or when the church throws a farewell/thank you retirement party. And retirement isn’t always what one imagines it will be. God has a sense of humor and often changes carefully laid plans as the retiree finds her or himself walking a different pathway than expected. Gifts for … Read More

Stretching the boundaries of educational ministry

Pete EuwemaStretching the boundaries of educational ministry

Small Church Born of Water, Born of Spirit: Supporting the Ministry of the Baptized in Small Congregations, by Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook and Fredrica Harris Thompsett. Alban, 2010. The stories of the congregations revealed in this book serve to inspire us about what is possible when we live intentionally as the reconciling presence of the body of Christ in the world. They also educate us about what will be needed in the years to come to … Read More