“Lord, teach us to pray,” said Jesus’ closest disciples. We need to make sure that youth learn ways to pray that work for their stage of life. Here are 10 creative ideas to help your youth, Sunday school, or cross-gen group experience new ways to pray. (Photo: Nimble Photography, Creative Commons)
Every brain changes with age, and mental function changes along with it. Mental decline is common, but simple everyday steps can go a long way in keeping your brain young and healthy, says his article from Harvard Medical School. (Photo: Oddharmonic, Creative Commons)
Stewardship. We know it’s biblical. We know we have people gifted in time, talents, and treasure. But we face problems seeing it surface in our churches. Why? How do we encourage our church members to put their time, talents, and treasures back on the table? (Photo: Olivander, Creative Commons)
Check out the Evangelical Environmental Network’s archived webinar with scientist Katherine Hayhoe detailing the alarming findings of the U.S. government’s latest National Climate Assessment. Get the facts to help God’s people know the truth. (NASA Photo from Apollo 11)
Tired of all your stuff? Perhaps the antidote to endless, thoughtless consumption lies not in purging ourselves of the stuff we own, but rather, redefining our relationship with stuff altogether. Interesting reading from Canada’s Globe and Mail. (“sewing-2” by Pixelbertie is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 )
When younger and older connect, writes Marc Freedman, the intergenerational relationships built are a route to success in early life and a key to happiness and well-being in our later years. Congregations are the perfect incubators for meaningful cross-gen relationships. Read more about the health, well-being, and financial benefits here. (Photo: Tim Pierce, Creative Commons)
The benefits of family and community meals are many, and The Family Dinner Project, founded by Harvard Medical School professor Anne Fishel, aims to teach people how to host successful communal meals. You’ll find conversation topics, recipes, examples, and more. It’s good stewardship, good for well-being, and fun, too! (Photo: Alpha, Creative Commons)
The visible effects of climate change are heralding a new and unprecedented era of turbulence in our planet’s natural systems that have profound implications for our planet, writes Christian ethicist Larry Rasmussen. In this article he explores the moral implications. (Photo: Takver, Creative Commons)
The United Church of Christ has compiled a comprehensive guide for starting a planned giving ministry. Includes sections devoted to escongregational endowments, wills emphasis, how life-income gifts work, and more. The quintessential Planned Giving resource!
The money game in churches has changed dramatically in just a generation, so wise leaders need to know the new “rules” to ensure the funding churches need to provide vital ministries to God’s people. From Churchleaders.com, here are seven principles.