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  • Larry Eskridge on a new video series, "People of Faith: Christianity in America"

    Date Published: 01 Oct 2013
    The history of Christianity is probably the most neglected subject in congregational life in America. Into this gap comes a new video series, "People of Faith: Christianity in America," from the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. This six part presentation of the drama of Christian faith in American culture spans the colonization of America to the dilemmas and diversity of Christian witness today. Here Dr. Larry Eskridge, the series' producer, is interviewed about this award winner two DVD set of videos that include commentary by such figures as Scott Appleby, Bill Leonard, Joseph E. Lowery, Martin E. Marty, Mark Noll and others.
  • Robert J. McCarty on New Efforts at Catholic Youth Ministry

    Date Published: 29 Apr 2012
    Robert J. McCarty describes a six-year national initiative, Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis, to explore the many concerns and issues that inform catechesis with young Catholics and look at best practices. As an alternative to the old “guru ministry” model for the faith formation of youth, he proposes an alternative method and resources intended to address the fact that the Millennial generation is the first to be immersed in a post-modern world.
  • Charles Marsh on the Project for Lived Theology

    Date Published: 03 Aug 2009
    Charles Marsh describes a project that he directs involving over 400 scholars, practitioners, pastors, and theologians for the purpose of clarifying the interconnection of theology and lived experience. In the interview, he notes how graduate students apprentice in the project learn to connect theological ideas, congregational practices, public conversations and civic responsibility.
  • Robert Wood Lynn on Christian Giving in America

    Date Published: 04 Dec 2000
    Robert Wood Lynn seeks to expand the conversation about the issue of faith and money by considering why people give in historical and theological contexts. Using the metaphor of a “triptych,” a picture in three compartments side by side, Lynn portrays the motivation behind three successive eras in American Christian giving – the colonial period moved by the notion of “charity,” the 19th century informed by the idea of “systematic benevolence” and more recent times animated by the concept of “stewardship.”
  • Walter Crouch on the Appalachia Service Project

    Date Published: 08 Jun 2013
    Hear how the Appalachia Service Project brings 16,000 volunteers – mostly high school students – from 32 states annually to convert and upgrade substandard housing in central Appalachia. In the process, the project offers youth groups and other volunteers an experience and a guided curriculum of bible study and reflection intended to transform those who volunteer as much as it improves the living arrangements of those who the volunteers came to serve.
  • Deech Kirk on Training Youth Ministers

    Date Published: 11 Nov 2012
    As Executive Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Training, Deech Kirk offers a unique perspective on the theological issues that come to the surface in doing youth ministry and how youth ministers can best be prepared for helping youth develop a vibrant religious faith and practice. The Center for Youth Ministry Training offers a graduate level program of educational resources (both online and specialized seminars and conferences) that combine theological and practical learning with hands-on experience in youth ministry in the local church.
  • Christian Smith on the Faith of Young People

    Date Published: 18 Jul 2012
    Focusing on the work of Christian Smith and Patricia Snell, Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Young Adults, Chrisitian Smith discusses the remarkable continuity in young people's teenage and emerging adult years with their earlier upbringing, why patents and other adults are so important in conveying how the Christian faith and life in congregations is both distinctive and necessary and why mainline Protestants and Catholics have more difficulty than Mormons, black Protestants and white evangelicals in transmitting their faith to the next generation.
  • Roland Martinson on What Really Works in Youth Ministry

    Date Published: 17 Jul 2012
    Contrary to past assumptions about youth ministry that assumed a charismatic "pied piper" was needed to galvanize a youth ministry, Roland Martinson notes that a network of adult leaders who can provide concurrent age level youth ministry and intergenerational youth ministry is needed; theology - not just technique - is critical; and the first steps to effective youth ministry is to help a congregation's pastor "understand how God is at work in the first third of life and how ministry in the first third of life is deeply theological."
  • Anthony Pogorelc on the Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults

    Date Published: 17 Jul 2012
    Anthony Pogorelc discusses the findings of his project, The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults, that are revealed in two sets of essays on his site. The first set of essays considers emerging adults' participation in congreations, civic life, faith, spirituality, friendships, sex, marriage and family. The second set of essays examine congregations and parishes that have been successful at drawing emerging adults into their communion.
  • Robert J. McCarty on New Efforts at Catholic Youth Ministry

    Date Published: 29 Apr 2012
    Robert J. McCarty describes a six-year national initiative, Partnership for Adolescent Catechesis, to explore the many concerns and issues that inform catechesis with young Catholics and look at best practices. As an alternative to the old “guru ministry” model for the faith formation of youth, he proposes an alternative method and resources intended to address the fact that the Millennial generation is the first to be immersed in a post-modern world.
  • Carmen Cervantes on Instituto Fe y Vida

    Date Published: 22 Jan 2012
    Carmen Cervantes describes how the Instituto Fe y Vida empowers young Hispanics and parents for leadership in (the Catholic) Church and society through formation programs, biblical pastoral ministry, research and publications, and advocacy. In the process, she reveals some of the least understood aspects of Hispanic religiosity in the United States, the unique importance of young Hispanics to the church, the different categories of young Hispanics in American culture and the distinctive differences between the pastoral approaches to mainstream youth and Pastoral Juvenil for Latino youth.
  • Robert Wood Lynn on Christian Giving in America

    Date Published: 04 Dec 2000
    Robert Wood Lynn seeks to expand the conversation about the issue of faith and money by considering why people give in historical and theological contexts. Using the metaphor of a “triptych,” a picture in three compartments side by side, Lynn portrays the motivation behind three successive eras in American Christian giving – the colonial period moved by the notion of “charity,” the 19th century informed by the idea of “systematic benevolence” and more recent times animated by the concept of “stewardship.”
  • Dan Gast on I.N.S.P.I.R.E.

    Date Published: 01 Aug 2009
    Dan Gast explains how a partnership between Loyola University Chicago and the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago assists teams of ordained and lay partish leaders find resources for leadership development through collaboration among themselves and the pursuit of learning plans targeted to expand individual and team integration, spirituality, ministry skills and immersion in the teachings of the church.
  • Leaders Are Born, Not Made: Wrong!

    Date Published: 08 Mar 2010
    The Calling Congregations Initiative, a new strategy of the Fund for Theological Education, attempts to help congregations see that it is part of their calling to raise up a new generation of leaders by seeding the idea of ministry in those showing promise for future church leadership. The program’s director, Stephen Lewis, discusses with John Mulder the characteristics of pastors and congregations that nurture well future church leaders as well as the “Cultures of Call” grants from that Fund for Theological Education that seek to encourage such congregations.
  • Mark Edwards on Religious Conversation among Faculty in Higher Education

    Date Published: 14 May 2008
    Mark Edwards advocates greater conversation about religion among faculty in order to help students think intelligently about religion’s bearing on various academic matters. He suggests that if faculty learn how to converse respectfully with each other about the pros and cons of religious perspectives, they are better able to do the same with students, and he proposes some ground rules that can foster fruitful dialogue about religion in academic settings.
  • Larry Eskridge on a new video series, "People of Faith: Christianity in America"

    Date Published: 01 Oct 2013
    The history of Christianity is probably the most neglected subject in congregational life in America. Into this gap comes a new video series, "People of Faith: Christianity in America," from the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. This six part presentation of the drama of Christian faith in American culture spans the colonization of America to the dilemmas and diversity of Christian witness today. Here Dr. Larry Eskridge, the series' producer, is interviewed about this award winner two DVD set of videos that include commentary by such figures as Scott Appleby, Bill Leonard, Joseph E. Lowery, Martin E. Marty, Mark Noll and others.
  • Listening to Faith: Krista Tippett of "Speaking of Faith"

    Date Published: 11 Jun 2010
    Krista Tippett explains what it is like to be a "professional listener" to others' religious inspiration and insights, her listening strategies and the "spiritual genius" that she seeks to bring to the public's attention in individuals that she interviews. Neither the extremely religious nor the extreme atheist, such persons, she notes, are normally too humble to grab the public stage. Yet they have grown wise, powerful and tender by having taken "the particular suffering of their lives into themselves and found that it need not overwhelm them."
  • Donald Ottenhoff on the Ecclesial Literature Project

    Date Published: 22 Dec 2009
    Donald Ottenhoff discusses the work of a project at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research where pastors, academics, laypersons and noted contemporary authors can take up residence together to write, read and discuss one another's work in order to nurture what Ottenhoff describes as a broad and varied body of writing "less technical than present-day academic theology, but more theologically substantive than the volumes of devotional and new age literature that line the book shelves of both Christian and secular bookstores."
  • Penny Long Marler on Pastors Helping Each Other Thrive

    Date Published: 10 Mar 2014
    Penny Marler, author of So Much Better: How Thousands of Pastors Help Each Other Thrive, describes recent research on the beneficial effects and key ingredients to successful peer learning in small clergy groups. Part of the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Peer Learning Project, Marler and her co-authors have discovered that such peer learning fosters health and growth not only in the pastors involved but also in the congregations that they serve.
  • Traditions and Transformation: The Educating Clergy Study and Outcomes for Theological Education

    Date Published: 21 Dec 2009
    Seeking to encourage informed and effective theological education, the Wabash Center with Lilly Endowment funding offered a series of two day conferences for representatives from theological schools to review findings from a recent Auburn study, Signs of the Times: Present and Future Theological Faculty, and to learn from the Carnegie Foundation study, Educating Clergy: Teaching Practices and Pastoral Imagination. Louis Weeks summarizes what he learned from interviewing Nadine Pence and Paul Myhre of the Wabash center about the results of over one hundred small grants to participating schools that allowed conference participants to promote conversation and reflection among faculty on their home turf on the current practice and potential of theological education.
  • Stephanie Paulsell on the Vocation of the Theological Educator

    Date Published: 28 Feb 2001
    Stephanie Paulsell discusses how the practices in which teachers and students are already engaged -- reading, writing, teaching, learning -- might be reimagined as activities that can themselves be spiritually formative. Paulsell has been director of the Catholic Theological Union's project on Christian Spirituality and the Vocation of the Theological Educator where doctoral students are asked to articulate how they understand themselves in relation to their field of study and in relation to the education of future ministers.
  • George Mason on Preparing the Pastors We Need

    Date Published: 11 Mar 2014
    George Mason, author of Preparing the Pastors We Need: Reclaiming the Congregation's Role in Training Clergy, describes the unique impact of a congregation's participation in a pastoral residency program where graduates from seminary apprentice in ministry. He notes that such programs go far beyond simply adding an extra hand to the staffing of a congregation's programs. Indeed, he has found that they alter the laypeople's perspective and vision of ministry and their part in the formation of future ministers in particular.
  • Deech Kirk on Training Youth Ministers

    Date Published: 11 Nov 2012
    As Executive Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Training, Deech Kirk offers a unique perspective on the theological issues that come to the surface in doing youth ministry and how youth ministers can best be prepared for helping youth develop a vibrant religious faith and practice. The Center for Youth Ministry Training offers a graduate level program of educational resources (both online and specialized seminars and conferences) that combine theological and practical learning with hands-on experience in youth ministry in the local church.
  • Stephanie Paulsell on the Vocation of the Theological Educator

    Date Published: 28 Feb 2001
    Stephanie Paulsell discusses how the practices in which teachers and students are already engaged -- reading, writing, teaching, learning -- might be reimagined as activities that can themselves be spiritually formative. Paulsell has been director of the Catholic Theological Union's project on Christian Spirituality and the Vocation of the Theological Educator where doctoral students are asked to articulate how they understand themselves in relation to their field of study and in relation to the education of future ministers.
  • George Mason on Preparing the Pastors We Need

    Date Published: 11 Mar 2014
    George Mason, author of Preparing the Pastors We Need: Reclaiming the Congregation's Role in Training Clergy, describes the unique impact of a congregation's participation in a pastoral residency program where graduates from seminary apprentice in ministry. He notes that such programs go far beyond simply adding an extra hand to the staffing of a congregation's programs. Indeed, he has found that they alter the laypeople's perspective and vision of ministry and their part in the formation of future ministers in particular.

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