Teaching the Story or Equipping the Saints
For Sunday school teachers: from the most ancient teachings to modern pedagogy, storytelling is a powerful tool to reach a child’s heart. We’ll discuss ways to bring the stories of the Holy Scriptures and the lives of Saints to life, so that we can transmit the living faith to our students.
The Life-Giving Cross: Marriage, Parenting & Caregiving
When we answer our Lord’s call to be fruitful and multiply, we volunteer for martyrdom. Through sacrificial love for others (whether our children, spouses, aging parents or strangers), we learn to die to ourselves and to find true life in Christ. We’ll explore thought patterns that impact our ability to grow in Christ, and how taking on Christ’s yoke lightens the burden of the crosses we carry. Further, we’ll ask how we need to take care of the caregivers, and what Orthodox Self-Care might mean.
Late to the Game: Marrying in to the Orthodox Church
When we convert to marry an Orthodox spouse, sometimes we’re Orthodox before we’re Orthodox. I’ll talk about my own experiences and the challenges and joys of marrying into the faith.
Preserve Thine Inheritance: Raising Saints in a Post-Christian World
As our culture moves to a post-Christian mindset, many young adults are leaving the Church. Studies show that a parent’s faith is critical in determining whether a child will grow up to embrace or abandon the Church — how can parents, who have become accustomed to outsourcing much of their children’s formation, become the examples their children need? What can the parish do to support families and to embrace young people? How do we best interact with young people who are struggling with the faith or experiencing doubt? How can we best encounter this new age, where being Christian is no longer the default?
At YCC 2017, I discussed an approach to youth ministry that not only asks us to view parents as partners, but which makes parents themselves the targets of ministry — because one of the best things the Church can offer our youth is good and holy parents.
At The Orthodox Family in a Changing World, the Center for Family Care’s second Family Ministry Conference in September 2017, I spoke about the meaning of Family Ministry and how the Church can support families and produce real Christians who minister to one another.
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