Cross+Gen Worship: Where do I start?

Cross+Gen Worship: Where do I start?

By Karen Ware Jackson, MDiv ’08

Each congregation, each sanctuary, each worship service has its own unique gifts and challenges. There isn’t a set formula for “how to” engage all ages in worship so pray, dream, and listen to the…

Crossgen worship start by Karen Ware Jackson

Raising a Normal Teenager

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

Experience has its advantage: perspective. Being on this side of having reared children who are now grown (and gainfully-employed responsible citizens) I’m often amused at the things parent get anxious about….

Dealing With The Pushy Parent

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I receive an e-mail from a church staff member about that perennial problem: the pushy parent (sometimes called “helicopter parents”). The problem comes in all forms. Parents who want allowances…

Education by Israel Galindo

Children Aren’t Disposable

By Laura M. Cheifetz, Vice President of Church and Public Relations, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation

I have been thinking a lot about children lately. (Not about having them. About the children who already exist.) Children coming across the U.S. border, fleeing…

Updated Curriculum Charts

By Sharon Ely Pearson, Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing Incorporated / Morehouse Education Resources

I always tell congregations that right after Easter is the time to begin evaluating the current programmatic year, especially if a church seeks to discern…

Coming of Age In Faith

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I finally got around to watching a movie on Netflix that’s been on the “to watch” list. The movie was “House of D.” In the movie a thirteen-year-old comes of…

Education by Israel Galindo

Breathing into Advent

By Sarah Walker Cleaveland, MDiv ’07

In our family, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has begun early as Adam and I each struggle to prepare for Advent in new ways without the benefit of much advance preparation….

About That Time My Child Very Nearly Lit the Church on Fire

By Karen Ware Jackson, MDiv ’08.

October 8, 2015—“Mommy, can I get some candy?”

“Yes,” I replied, undaunted in my attempt to preach the Word. My almost four year-old daughter had recently discovered two things: 1) There is a bowl…

Children Lie. Get Over It.

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

One of the most chilling areas of psychology, for me is clinical child psychology. I’m not sure why, exactly. Perhaps it’s a result of my stint at the children’s ward at…

Does Your Church Need a Children’s Ministry Missions Statement?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning

I have been surveying mission statements of children’s ministries in preparation for some new courses (the majority of congregations surveyed don’t have one). I have been intrigued by the use of…

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you Lectio Divina?

By Sarah Walker Cleaveland, MDiv ’07.

February 12, 2015—This past fall, one of my job responsibilities was writing the curriculum for, and teaching our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Church School class. The teaching part was a lot of fun—four and…

Are You Enforcing Your Church’s Child Protection Policy?

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

November 24, 2014—It’s hard to imagine but there are still churches that have no child protection policies in place (I know, I ask). That’s just a tragedy waiting to…

The Child in Christian Thought

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education.

August 18, 2014—The Child in Christian Thought,  ed. by Marcia J. Bunge (Religion, Marriage, and Family series. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2001. 513 pp. $24.00….

How To Deliver an Effective Children’s Sermon

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of Online Education. June 6, 2014—I received an email from a pastor asking about children’s sermons. He just accepted a call to a church at which he’ll need to…

Growing Through Mission

By Donald R. Frampton (DMin ’82), Senior Pastor, St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, New Orleans.

May 13, 2014—I am tired of closing down churches!  As the pastor of a congregation that enjoys great health, I am too often called upon by Presbytery to…

Growing through mission by: Donald R. Frampton
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