For the past few years I have been looking forward to Mark and Lisa Scandrette’s new book Belonging and Becoming: Creating a Thriving Family Culture. If you were at Faith Forward in 2015, you would’ve had the privilege of hearing them share some of the stories and ideas they offer in this book. I’m honoured that they asked me to write an endorsement:
For the past two decades, Mark and Lisa Scandrette have been at the leading edge of creative faith practices and community engagement all while nurturing a family life that models the way of Jesus. At last they have put these passions together in a book that’s sure to be a go-to resource for families of all kinds seeking to grow one another up into wise, engaged, and faith-filled disciples. By sharing their best family practices and providing tools to help readers create their own, the Scandrettes have created a resource that’s sure to evoke deep refection and thoughtful practices for a family life of faith.
If you’ve never tuned into the Coffeepot Fellowship Podcast, head over to http://coffeepotfellowship.com to hear stories from all sorts of faith leaders. I’m honoured to be the guest on this week’s episode. So grab some coffee and join us as we talk about dead snakes, seeker-sensitive churches, and a revolution in children’s and youth ministry.
One of the highlights of my year is meeting old friends and new friends at Faith Forward. Working to plan this gathering is a labour of love and I’m honoured to share this privilege with amazing ministry colleagues. This year’s event is April 18-21 in Chicago, and it’ll feature our most diverse lineup of speakers and creative artists yet! You won’t want to miss it. Register before it’s too late at http://faith-forward.net/register/.
PLUS you can now check out the full schedule, lineup, and breakout descriptions at https://faithforward2016.sched.org.
Earlier this week the Presbyterian journal Advocate published an article I wrote about young people being wired for spiritual practices and encounters with God. You can read the whole piece for free at http://advocateblog.apcenet.org/2016/02/29/wired-that-way/.
It’s a proud day to be Canadian. The first of the thousands of Syrian refugees who are on their way have landed in Canada. For the first time in several weeks, my Facebook feed was not filled with messages or responses to fear and division, but rather images and videos about the outpouring of love and welcome. May we never forget the power of love at this time when we could all use more of it.
Looking for a place where you can explore deep questions about ministry with youth and children while having your spirit restored through practices and conversations with a diverse range of colleagues?
You’ll find this (and more!) at Faith Forward 2016, April 18-21 in Chicago!
This year’s speakers and artists include a broad spectrum of thinkers and leaders from North America and beyond! Contributors include
- Nichole Flores
- Fr. James Alison
- Rev. Otis Moss III
- Lisa Sharon Harper
- Audrey Assad
- Soong-Chan Rah
- Melvin Bray
- Lucy Moore
- Danielle Shroyer
- Daniel White Hodge
- Amy Bulter
- Dave Csinos
- and many others
We’ll be having another Open Space session, which opens the floor to anyone and everyone who has an idea, resource, or practice they’d like to share. So come with your questions, concerns, and hopes. And come prepared to be part of the revolution in ministry with children and youth!
Join us as we re-imagine church from the ground up!
Tomorrow I’ll be leading a webinar about “Re-Imagining Children’s and Youth Ministry” with the United Church of Canada. It’s only $5! If you’re looking to dig deep into assumptions about what it means to form young disciples, sign up for this webinar here.