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The Need for Embodied Learning for Adults How willing are we to learn by placing ourselves in the middle of the action? An experience watching an art docent use children prompts the question. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Gretchen E. Ziegenhals Empowering Young Adults Practical worship planning notes, a responsive congregational reading based on Luke 13:10-17, and music suggestions for a Young Adult worship service that encourages active engagement with young adults in the community. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Michelle Riley Jones Daniel and young adults today Quincy Rineheart's sermon outline on Daniel 6:16-28 relates God's faithfulness in Daniel's life to challenges faced by young adults. "God does not allow a situation to happen to us without getting in the situation with us." Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Quincy J. Rineheart Making Mud Pies A sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:1-7, 14-17 and Psalm 40. When faced with desperate situations -- like some people in Haiti -- God promises deliverance and renewal in the transformation of the new creation in Christ. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Christi O. Brown The Nativity isn't Cute Catherine Maresca says that the stories of Jesus’ birth contain hints of the major truths of the gospel - incarnation, kingdom of God, crucifixion and resurrection, Holy Spirit - and they are not sweet nor cute. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Catherine Maresca Finding Common Ground in Portland This story of churches working with the city of Portland to meet the city’s needs illustrates how “loving and serving with no strings attached” can bring the message of Christ, effect transformation, and foster unity. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Jennifer Willis Are Emerging Adults 'Spiritual but Not Religious'? "The 'spiritual but not religious' (SBNR) category has been an interesting group for congregations to study despite its not being a statistical majority..." An article on the demographics and needs of emerging adults in the United... Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Patricia Snell Herzog Are Emerging Adults "Spiritual but Not Religious?" - Study Guide Study guide for a lesson about church membership, church unity, and community. Considers the membership implications of four types of emerging adults. Includes liturgical elements and study questions. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz Nurturing Gifts and Talents in Your Organization For churches seeking to engage in community ministry, it’s vital to get people out of the pews and into the community. Consultant Joy Skjegstad offers some suggestions for leaders who seek to mobilize volunteers. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Joy Skjegstad The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults An audio recording of a workshop focused on understanding the latest social scientific research on the religious beliefs and practices of young people as they transition to adulthood. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Jonathan B. Hill Full Text Hymns on Adulthood Our Parent, by Whose Name©
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Transitions of Older Adulthood Describing the challenges of losing independence in old age, this article by Missy Buchanan discusses how church leaders can serve older adults by facilitating care, adapting worship, encouraging ministry participation, and retaining community connections. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Missy Buchanan Impatiently Waiting A Duke Divinity student recounts her time in a church that began the process of moving towards racial reconcilation. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Charlene Brown Adults Negligent in Affirming Kids A sermon illustration about the power adults have to influence the lives of children. A recent study confirms this, but also reveals that few adults participate in children's lives as much as they say they should.... Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Leah Yarrow What Can You Do in Forty Days? The Lenten Journey and Adults Lent provides a perfect opportunity for engaging adults in your congregation in some form of learning and formation. Here are a few ideas for adult small groups. Resource type: Article Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Carol F. Krau Ministering to Older Adults with Music This article focuses on a ministry to senior adults by the Mills River UMC in which about 100 older adults meet weekly every Thursday morning for an interesting, entertaining, and educational time of fellowship and service. Resource type: Article Source: Discipleship Ministries Author: Dean McIntyre Emerging Adulthood In this podcast, Steven Argue reflects on intellectual dissonance and the fear of relational fallout, and encourages churches to respond to emerging adults with compassion before addressing their intellectual questions. (Length: 3:01) Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Fuller Studio Author: Steve Argue Faux intimacy This article argues that loneliness is becoming a public health crisis. It emphasizes the important role of the church to promote the biblical truth from the creation story that it is “not good” for us to... Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Scott Benhase
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