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The Lasting Impact of Christian Summer Camp

Research shows there is something deeply significant and deeply theological happening at Christian camps across the country. Long-term impact

Confirmation: Hope for a Lost Sacrament?

When young people feel seen and heard, their faith readiness becomes apparent. Valued, confirmands become engaged in authentic community where deep examination of belief and practice matter. Such a dynamic climate sustains a confirmation program, strengthens the host congregation, and retains youth after they are confirmed. The data shows that teenagers are already motivated to participate.

Choosing a New Curriculum? Read This First!

  “Take a step back to look at the church as a whole, its strengths and weaknesses, its character or ethos, its beliefs and faith identity, among other factors.”     Matching Resources to Church Identity Every year the Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) gets phone calls and emails from alumni, clergy, and […]

Measuring Church Vitality: Beyond the Attendance Dance

Church vitality is more than counting heads on Sunday. Recognizing your congregations’ open doors – its assets – can lead to strengthened attendance.

Church Attendance: Is What You See What You Get?

The first of two articles on church vitality. How has attendance been measured in the past and what are the most cited causes for the changes we are seeing.

8 Questions to Ask Before Planning Confirmation Class

New research shows: Confirmation is vital for youth faith development and church vitality. Such a program calls for vigorous planning.

3 Things from Forma 2017

Forma 2017 was a huge success with professional educators, formation and worship leaders and researchers celebrating together in worship and workshop time.

Showing Movies at Church: Do I Need a License?

So you want to show movies at church, but what about copyright? You DO need permission or a license. What you need to know, and sources to get a license.

Existential Intelligence

Existential intelligence can be defined as the ability to be sensitive to, or have the capacity for, conceptualizing or tackling deeper or larger questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, why are we born, why do we die, what is consciousness, or how did we get here.