Gaining Expertise in Matters of Faith

My daughters, ages 7 and 4, are taking piano lessons for the first time in their lives.  Tali, our oldest, has taken quickly to the piano, and really enjoys spending time practicing at our new electronic keyboard.  There's one song she plays over and over and over again – Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.  It isContinue reading “Gaining Expertise in Matters of Faith”

Confirmation Ministry: Age Grouping in a Medium-Sized Program

Like many Lutheran congregations, my congregation's Confirmation Ministry is a two-year, group-graded program involving 7th and 8th graders.  And like most Lutheran congregations, one year of the program focuses on Martin Luther's Small Catechism, and the other year of the program focuses on the Bible.  We have 14 kids in the roster, more or lessContinue reading “Confirmation Ministry: Age Grouping in a Medium-Sized Program”

Using Curriculum in Youth Ministry: Is Curriculum Even Necessary?

Adapted from a presentation given on Sat, Sept 11, 2010 at a Metro DC Synod youth ministry workshop.  Four points guided the discussion. This blogpost focuses on the first point. To use, or not to use, curriculum? Are you ready to teach? How do you evaluate and select a curriculum? Some recommendations First question: ToContinue reading “Using Curriculum in Youth Ministry: Is Curriculum Even Necessary?”