Teaching Resources

The Scattering: Imagining a Church that Connects Faith and Life

A Discussion of The Scattering: Imagining a Church that Connects Faith and Life by Dwight DuBois.

SHIFT: Three Big Moves for the 21st Century Church with author Mark Tidsworth

This page contains information discussed at the 2016 Synod Leadership Days. Specifically included are the videos with Mark Tidsworth discussing his book SHIFT: Three Big Moves for the 21st Century Church. These videos cover important cultural changes that all congregations are now learning to deal with. They focus on three core tasks: shifting from membership to discipleship models of being the Church; shifting from attraction to mission in our core ways of acting like the Church; and shifting from our disciples being seen as consumers of the church product, and instead becoming Sacred Partners in the mission, vision, and values of our faith lived out together. We are also including a worksheet to foster discussion.


Holy Communion

Additional Resources

“With New Voices — the Small Catechism in the 21st Century”

Martin Luther: Visionary Reformer – A Day of Presentations leading up to the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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Our Stories

The Blessing of the Animals,… and Plants, and…

It is that time of year when word of a Blessing of the Animals service is heard in many congregations. Saint Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals, and his commemoration takes place on October 4. Hence, if a congregation hosts a Blessing of Animals service, they typically plan their event near this date. There is, however, more for us to know about this blessing and about Saint Francis.

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Hurricane Recovery Updates

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