Saturday, July 24, 2010


Our synod resource center is a member of the Association of Lutheran Resource Centers, whose president is Irene Flynn. She reviewed Augsburg Fortress' new confirmation resource and encourages all congregations to consider using it in one way or another. Here is Irene's post:

Every Congregation needs to have at least one copy of the new re:form DVD, leader guide and anti-workbook! This wildly creative, joyful without being silly, humorous without being disrespectful, right-on theological, DVD answers questions that I had in Jr. High and could never find a definitive answer to for years! I wish I had had this! The DVD contains segments with questions we all ask, such as “Is the Bible true?” “Am I supposed to believe that Mary was a Virgin?” “Why does the Bible contradict itself at times?” “Did God create the devil?” 40 questions such as these are answered with clarity, grounded in Lutheran theology, in accessible language without being condescending, and with graphics that are creative and will age well. Creative ideas for activities and questions are contained in the anti-workbook and the leader’s guide. This is a good investment for your congregation! You can use it for new member classes, adult small groups, Bible studies, classes of any age, youth retreats and youth meetings, devotions for church council –any meeting-- and Bible study for women’s and men’s groups. The list is endless. Congratulations, Augsburg Fortress and Sparkhouse, I think you’ve hit a grand slam home-run with this resource!

Irene Flynn
Specialist in Resources
Florida-Bahamas Synod, ELCA
813-876-7660 ext 229

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Emerging Adult and Faith Formation

LACE, the Lutheran Association of Christian Educators, monthly e-newsletter included this helpful article. We receive this journal at the Resource Center. If you don't subscribe to it, why not check out our copy?

John Roberto is the president and founder of LifelongFaith Associates, an organization dedicated to nurturing faith growth for all ages and generations in the parish and at home. He is editor of the journal Lifelong Faith, and works as a consultant to churches and national organizations, teaches courses and conducts workshops in faith formation. He manages the website.

The summer 2010 edition of Lifelong Faith is about emerging adults and faith formation. You can download a free copy of the survey of research on effective practices and congregations demonstrating practices on this topic on the website.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Social Networking Resources Links

The following two excellent links to better understand Social Networking, were shared by Sharon Ely Pearson, Christian Formation Specialist, Church Publishing Incorporated/Morehouse Education Resources.

I'd like to also share a link to a document that shares a variety of links regarding social media. It is a very helpful document and was put together by a couple of Millennials who are employed by a huge health care system (carilion clinic) in the Roanoke, VA area. It shares information about Facebook, blogging, tweeting, what a good church website looks like, etc.

One of the documents I found fascinating was a 'map' -