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Two Questions: Andrew Root

Seminary Corner: The Joy of Shared Life 

Time to Rekindle Relationships

Moving Intergenerational Ministry Outdoors

Recharge, Renew, Refocus

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Two Questions: Andrew Root

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Andrew RootAuthorProfessor, Youth and Family MinistryLuther Seminary, USA   In each edition of IG Mix, we ask a guest writer two questions about serving in ministry. What keeps you up at night? I’m sure I’m not alone, but I’ve found it harder to sleep during the pandemic. I suppose I could have (maybe even should have) treated the lockdowns as an opportunity to hibernate. Unable to control the crisis, I should have controlled what I could and caught up, even stored up, on sleep. But the crisis throbbed with an anxiety that kept me from rest and peace. I couldn’t...

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Seminary Corner: The Joy of Shared Life 

Posted by Liz Perraud at

  Andre Jordan “AJ” Wallace Second-Year Student Princeton Seminary AJ, right, in an intergenerational Sunday morning ministry during his internship.           I had the joy of working at a church for the first time this summer. I held very little to no expectations about how the summer would unfold. While I can say numerous things about the wonderful experience I had as a seminary intern, I want to share what I believe was one of the greatest lessons I learned this summer – the power of presence. More specifically, the power of people showing up in...

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Time to Rekindle Relationships

Posted by Liz Perraud at

Relationships and community require care and feeding. Congregations all over the world are facing this same challenge—of starting to gather again in person (or soon!). And we are out of practice. We’ve been Zooming, doing the masked-and-distanced thing, and lots of other creative solutions, but we must admit, it’s been a strange and awkward yearand it’s time to rekindle relationships.

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Moving Intergenerational Ministry Outdoors

Posted by Liz Perraud at

Church leaders are pondering a different kind of spring and summer in 2021. Restrictions, vaccine limitations (especially for younger people), and comfort levels are still impacting “ministry as usual” even as our lives seem to be emerging from COVID-19 and hope is springing forth. Holding intergenerational ministry outside allows for safe gatherings and more movement after a very long winter. But what? And how? We surveyed some church leaders we know about their plans and thoughts, and what they were still wondering about—particularly concerning the “norm” of Vacation Bible School. We received some great feedback. They shared a variety of...

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Recharge, Renew, Refocus

Posted by Liz Perraud at

Liz PerraudExecutive DirectorGenOn Ministries       Did you receive a star word at Epiphany? It’s a new-ish tradition that helps provide focus for Christians for the upcoming year. The star is a reminder of what guided the Magi to Jesus (hence the Epiphany timing). And it is a reminder that we are also seeking Jesus, trusting that God uses many signs (or stars) to draw us closer. Words on stars are handed out in worship. For many churches, distribution was done other ways this year. As I prepared and mailed star words for the children, youth, and adults in...

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