Christian Formation

By Mike Michie and Clay Lein
Mike Michie and Clay Lein have been successful church planters with thriving congregations. They share the three tenets they follow to have committed and empowered leaders.
By Laurel Johnston
Interviews with ten Latino/Hispanic congregations reveal best practices of stewardship.
By Fletcher Harper
More and more people believe that protecting Creation is a religious value.
By Peter Lane
“St. Paul & the Redeemer is growing because we are really clear about what we are about and that is welcoming everybody to this community: orthodox believer or skeptic, gay or straight, black or white, rich or poor, everyone …
By Ryan Mahoney (as told to his mom, Jan Mahoney)
About ten years ago, parishioners noted that many families requested bicycles for their children and themselves. For many, bikes served as their primary transportation to school and work.
By ECF
A lifelong process, Christian formation involves many things: baptism, church school, prayer, Bible study, life experiences, taking what is learned in church into the world, and being in community with other Christians. What …
By Allison Duvall
In the first year of his episcopacy, Bishop Stacy Sauls was assessing the gifts and challenges facing the Diocese of Lexington. He saw the problems plaguing the Appalachian region: high levels of poverty and rampant illiterac…
By Wayne Schwab
John, a senior warden and computer programmer, finds a colleague, Tim, stealing his innovations.
By Sharon Ely Pearson
Some 50 percent of all Protestant teens attend church weekly, participate in Sunday school or in a religious youth group, pray and attend a religious summer camp or retreat, though less than one-third read the Bible each week…
By Linda Grenz
It’s a typical Sunday morning at your church and you notice visitors coming in the door. You’re eager to welcome them — and hope they’ll become part of your church family. What do you do?
By Gary Herbst
If a church is going to grow, it better have the vestry on board, for it is the place where visions are fleshed out and the work of equipping the saints for ministry can originate.
By Dick Snyder
In congregations that have adopted — or are considering — a program of Total Ministry, (sometimes called mutual ministry, or ministry of the baptized) the church is working at becoming a ministering community rather than a co…
By Valerie Bailey Fischer
As they tried to shake my hand, the father turned to me and quietly said, “see you in five years.” That was almost two years ago and I have not seen them since.
By Angela Emerson
In being good stewards, we advocate giving of our time, talent, and treasure continuously throughout the year. Are pledge cards distracting us from our efforts to practice good stewardship? What alternatives might we use in…
By Sam Portaro
Sam Portaro’s invitation to think about Advent through Joseph’s eyes as he travels to Bethlehem with Mary. In “What Fresh Hell is This?,” Sam challenges us to embrace a form of spiritual leadership that demands courageous tru…
By Luke Blount and Laura Shaver
Unlike other faith traditions, the Episcopal Church is not known as a denomination where members talk easily – or publicly - about their faith. “Sharing Faith Dinners” by Luke Blount and Laura Shaver describes what can happe…
By Liz Luna
Finding people to fill leadership roles can be a challenging. One approach is to provide opportunities for members, including youth and young adults, to develop leadership skills - as helpers, assistants, or committee membe…
By Nancy Davidge
#EvenTalk offers an opportunity to bring people into deeper relationship using social media.
By Karen B. Montagno
“Collect of the Day” by Karen Montagno reminds us of the power of community prayer and reminds us that the freedom to assemble for worship, taken for granted today, was not possible for enslaved blacks during slavery.
By Scott Gunn
Scott Gunn in “Transform Your Congregation: Read the Bible,” invites us to move from the typical Episcopal – and pre-reformation practice...