Intergenerational Ministry

Sharing God’s Blessing

by Steve Burger

In this season of Lent I am reminded of God’s blessing. God has blessed me with a wonderful family, a caring community of believers, eternal love, forgiveness and presence, and resources beyond what most of the rest of the world can only dream about. I don’t go hungry, I have a bed to sleep in at night, a roof over my head, more clothes than I need and medical care when I need it. Half the world’s population lives on $2 dollars a day, and six million children die from hunger every year. These are not just numbers but six million of God’s children.

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Intergenerational Christian Formation

Post a Comment » Written on January 7th, 2014     
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“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” Psalm 145:4

Most churches and faith communities segment their ministries by age and generation. The kids go to children’s church, the teens go to youth group. Worship services are geared toward different generational preferences, and small groups gather people at the same life stage, whether singles, young marrieds, parents or empty nesters. In some congregations, people may never interact with those of other ages.

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Call-in Cafe – Small Group Ministries

Tune in Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 am (CST)

for the next Call-in Cafe – Adult Ministry

 

The next Call-in Cafe will focus on Small Group Ministries in the church. We will review the Intentional Discipleship Ministry Survey and identify several ways to strengthen this important ministry. We encourage participants to bring their ideas and questions to share with others.

Register for the discussion here.*To connect to the audio portion with a landline or cell phone: (US/Canada): (650) 479-3208 (Call-in toll number (US/Canada)) Access code: 623 157 572  

 

Insights from the Adult Ministry Survey Related to Small Groups

When we began developing the Intentional Discipleship website we surveyed Covenant churches to discover how they support and encourage the Christian formation of adults. We emailed this survey to all pastors of Covenant churches (approximately 700), and we received 228 responses.  The responses represent all sizes of churches and all parts of the United States and Canada.

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Call-in Cafe: Recruiting

Tune in Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm (CST)

for the next Call-in Cafe

 

Do you have enough volunteers to effectively run your ministry?  At times it can seem impossible to make sure all the areas are “covered.”  Rest assured, GOD has it covered.  Join us on Tuesday, February 19 to hear about effective recruiting techniques, resources that have helped others, and the secret to having less recruiting to do.  Feeling tipsy?  Bring a tip to share with others about what has worked in your church to get others to see the blessing that is found when ministering to kids and students.

Register for the discussion here.*To connect to the audio portion with a landline or cell phone: (US/Canada): (650) 479-3208 (Call-in toll number (US/Canada)) Access code: 627 686 120 

 

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Triennial XIV Video is here!

We invite you to come enjoy the beautiful diversity of the women of the Covenant. We are multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-vocational, multi-expressional! Rooted in Jesus Christ!

You are invite you to join us August 15-18, 2013. Triennial can be a joyful getaway, a soothing break, and a life-changing encounter. Or maybe all. But I know you will meet God and be changed by him.

To Register, click here!

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Exciting Adults about Learning (part 2)

The next Call-in Cafe will focus on Teaching/Learning Ministries in the church. We will explore the need for teaching/learning ministries as well as possible approaches for enhancing these ministries. We encourage participants to bring their ideas and questions to share with others.

Date:  January 17, 2013

Time:  11:00 a.m. CST

Topic: Call In Cafe Adult – Teaching/Learning, Do adult Christians still need to learn?
To register for this meeting:
1. Go to 
https://covchurch.webex.com/covchurch/j.php?ED=212540397&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiM3
2. Register for the meeting
3. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting. 

The purpose of the teaching/learning ministry

Teaching/learning in the church helps the learner gain knowledge, increase attentiveness to God, and build relationships within the community of faith. By including these three outcomes in the teaching/learning ministries of the church, we help people grow as disciples.

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Exciting Adults about Learning (part 1)

The next Call-in Cafe will focus on Teaching/Learning Ministries in the church. We will explore the need for teaching/learning ministries as well as possible approaches for enhancing these ministries. We encourage participants to bring their ideas and questions to share with others.

Date:  January 17, 2013

Time:  11:00 a.m. CST

Topic: Call In Cafe Adult – Teaching/Learning, Do adult Christians still need to learn?
To register for this meeting:
1. Go to 
https://covchurch.webex.com/covchurch/j.php?ED=212540397&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiM3
2. Register for the meeting.
3. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting. 

 

Your Church Vision, Mission, and Purpose

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).

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Call-in Cafe – A Spiritual Journey into Christmas, December 11th

On Tuesday, December 11, 11:00 am CST, Steve Burger will host this month’s Call-In Cafe discussion.

 
Take a moment to catch your breath, to rest and dwell with God. A gently guided journey into God’s presence.

Advent is meant to be a time of reflection, and joyfully celebrating the incarnation of God. But for those of us in the church it also becomes a time of increased ministry responsibilities. It is a good thing to both contemplate and develop means to help others enter into the presence of God, and experience the joy of Christ coming. But often it comes at the expense of a reflection time of our own.

Jesus, too felt both the joy and exhaustion of long days of ministry. It was at these times that he went away to pray. To spend some focused time with God. That’s what ‘A Spiritual Journey into Christmas” is meant to be. An hour long gently guided journey into God’s presence.

During our time together we will briefly enter into the community of like-minded pastors and leaders, then spend some time releasing, remembering and reflecting.

It will be a time of centering, and in the end for those who wish, sharing and celebrating.

You may even find this a helpful resource to take and offer to the leaders in your church setting. But most of all we hope you will find in it the refreshment, assurance, love and grace of moments spent with God.

 

Register for the discussion here.

*To connect to the audio portion with a landline or cell phone: (US/Canada): 

(650) 479-3208 (Call-in toll number (US/Canada)) Access code: 622 203 810 #

 



Call-In Cafe: Fostering a Faith/Life Conversation

Post a Comment » Written on October 18th, 2011     
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On Thursday, October 20th we will be having our second Call-In Cafe of the fall, which is on the topic of Fostering a Faith/Life Conversation. The list of topics, as well as the recording of our last call, Pathways to Intergenerational Ministry, can be found here.

Call-In Cafe is a time to grab a cup of your favorite beverage and settle in for an hour-long ministry discussion with people across the denomination. This discussion will be led by Steve Burger and takes place at the following time:

10:30 Hawaii
11:30 Alaska
12:30 Pacific
1:30 Mountain
2:30 Central
3:30 Eastern

The first 5 people who register and attend will receive Starbucks gift cards. Please click this link, hit ‘register’ and fill out the required information (the first four slots on the form) to register.



The M!X

By Millie Lungren

I don’t know about you, but I’m often inspired to try new things when I hear what others are doing in ministry. Even if I don’t use an idea “as is,” it might prompt an adaptation or spark another idea that I’d never considered.

I want to hear what others are doing, because I learn from their creativity. I hear how one church is ministering to a special needs child and his/her family, and I wonder if there are similar needs in my church that have gone unnoticed. I see children in my church actively participating in a worship service, and I wonder how I can share those ideas with other churches. I discover a “Service Sunday,” provided by one church in their community, and I think “What a great idea! I wonder how we could adapt that idea for our area?”

The Ministry Idea Exchange (m!x) is a great place to share, as well as receive, resources and ideas for ministry. A new and growing section of the Covenant web site, the m!x provides an opportunity for individuals to share original material (e.g., music, prayers, litanies, small group sessions, seasonal resources, curriculum, brochure templates…), as well as ministry ideas with others. We also want to know how each idea/resource has made a difference. Continue Reading »