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A pastor’s first job is to “take care of our people,” writes a Lutheran pastor. Sometimes, he has learned, “our people” are those we have never met.
In order for churches to be provocative and compelling spaces for young people to encounter God, it is not enough to repackage traditional programs, writes a PCUSA pastor. But how do churches come up with ideas?
Churches today may have as many as five generations among their members. Differences between people of different ages can be a source of friction and also an opportunity for growth.
In churches, as in the workplace, generational differences are a challenge. Understanding those differences helps congregations ask the right questions, says the author of two books on generational issues.
Murals depicting the strengths of the Harrison neighborhood in Minneapolis are one of the creations of the arts ministry of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Photos courtesy of Redeemer Lutheran Church
Creators of successful arts ministries in two Minneapolis churches offer tips for starting community arts projects.
Engaging young adults in Jewish life was one of the goals of the Union for Reform Judaism's Communities of Practice, which sparked experiments in synagogues across North America.
Photo courtesy of the Union for Reform Judaism
Synagogues that participated in the Union for Reform Judaism’s Communities of Practice identified best principles to advance change.
Young adults from Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto gather for a wine tasting, one of the activities that the synagogue offered to engage the next generation in temple life.
Photo courtesy of Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
An initiative across the Reform movement sparked innovative ideas to engage millennial Jews in institutional religious life.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God, a global Nigerian Pentecostal ministry in Brooklyn, is reaching out to the next generation in a fresh way.
Photo courtesy of Mark Gornik
Their faith survived the journey to America, but will it continue in the next generation? Across New York City, immigrant churches are engaging young people, offering lessons for all churches in how to hand down the faith, say researchers at City Seminary of New York.
Volunteers from Cullowhee United Methodist Church collect and chop firewood and deliver it to homes across the community.
Photos courtesy of Cullowhee UMC
In declining rural communities, churches are some of the few viable institutions. They can use this position to help strengthen the wider community, writes the rural church fellow at the Institute for Emerging Issues.
The Rev. Richard Joyner ties up onions with some of the young people who are learning about growing and selling food as well as healthy eating.
Photo courtesy of Encore.org; videos by Alex Maness
A pastor in rural North Carolina has developed a farming and beekeeping operation that improves the health of local residents while training a new generation.