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Wordles - Word Art from Text

Wordles - Word Art from Text | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

I'd like to think that I was the first person to ever Wordle the Uniting Church's Basis of Union, back in in 2010. I reckon I have a pretty good claim to that. Ha. Here's an intro to Wordle are and some examples to download. Great for group conversation and contemplation of a text.

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Refugees around the world

Refugees around the world | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it
The global refugee crisis through the lens of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen.
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This is a startling photo series. How do we use images to educate, provoke action and lead prayer?

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Faith Communities Today

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What does a congregation mean when they describe themselves as spiritually vital? How does a congregation become vital? What is the relationship between vitality and sustainability? This study asked leaders from 10 different faith traditions in the US to answer these questions. Sponsored by Hartford Seminary.

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A conversation between young people & the church - Work Experience Podcast

A conversation between young people & the church - Work Experience Podcast | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

Check out the newish podcast from Bradon French and others about the current state of youth ministry and what young people have to say to the church.

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‎Big Little Bible Down Under - iOS mobile app

‎Big Little Bible Down Under - iOS mobile app | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

‎The Big Little Bible brings together 30 of the most important stories straight from God’s big story – the Bible. Featuring the Contemporary English Version Bible text and original illustrations from Kiwi artist Meesh Holswich, The Big Little Bible will help children discover that the Bible tells one big interconnected story about God

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The Neuroscience of Trust - Research about what enables teamwork

The Neuroscience of Trust - Research about what enables teamwork | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

"Building a culture of trust is what makes a meaningful difference. Employees in high-trust organizations are more productive, have more energy at work, collaborate better with their colleagues, and stay with their employers longer than people working at low-trust companies. They also suffer less chronic stress and are happier with their lives, and these factors fuel stronger performance."

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This is a fantastic article with helpful application to church settings.

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Be the Welcoming Church - Training Kit

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The "Be The Welcoming Church" Video Tool Kit will help you develop a congregation-wide ethos of hospitality and institute best practices for greeting newcomers, making them feel at home and encouraging them to return.
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This kit comes from the well-regarded Lewis Centre in the US. The video snippets give you a preview of the resource.

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Skin Tight on the Sidewalk by Martin Daws

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Skin Tight on the Sidewalk is Martin’s 2008 anthology of poems and its available here as a Free Download from Proost. Its 68 pages of brilliantly presented poetry, genuinely bringing the art and sp

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8 characteristics of adaptive, innovative leaders

8 characteristics of adaptive, innovative leaders | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it
Leading well now and into the future requires an “innovator’s mindset” that leads to the creation of new and better ideas. Listed below are eight characteristics that support a mindset of ongoing reflection, renewal and innovation.
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Being a pastor within the secular frame means teaching people how to pray

Being a pastor within the secular frame means teaching people how to pray | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

"Prayer is something few people in the immanent frame have been taught. Therefore a major part of a pastor’s vocation in a secular age is to teach people to pray, individually and corporately. It is also the task of the pastor to form her own life around the practice of prayer. To be a pastor is not to be an entrepreneur, community organizer, or podcast celebrity. It is to be a person of prayer." Andrew Root

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A provocative article from Andrew Root based on his recent book, "The Pastor in a Secular Age: Ministry to People Who No Longer Need a God"

 

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Learning to Grow Disciples

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How do we learn about learning? What makes us a better teaching church or better discipling leaders? Is growing disciples at the heart of being the church? My research is an invitation to ask how certain aspects of congregational life might be related and to work out your own way forward as a church.

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St Luke's Innovative Resources

St Luke's Innovative Resources | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

Bendigo-based Innovative Resources are my go-to people for creative activity stuff. Drop by my new office and check some of them out or explore the website here. Have a look at Signposts, DeepSpeak and Shadows for starters.

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8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning

8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

Tell a story. Make a plan. Think and do. Draw it. Take it outside. Try a new way. Watch first, then do. Share it with others.

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I confess that I've only just come across this amazingly helpful resource for teachers.

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Parenting Forward: An Online Conference

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Parenting Forward is a forthcoming online conference in passing on faith and purpose in life to children - for parents and leaders from a progressive or post-evangelical perspective.

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Reclaiming the Missional Heart of the Church - Rev Dr Samuel Wells

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At the heart of the Church lies a call to mission, to engage with the world. Dr Wells affirms the world as part of the kingdom, the sphere of the Spirit’s work beyond the Church. Sam Wells leads a day seminar on local mission. 10 August, 10am-4pm. UCA Centre for Theology and Ministry, Melbourne.

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Spice Training Video for Youth Leaders

"Spice is a new training option for volunteer youth leaders. Short videos, each focusing on a particular skill, issue or idea, that will add some spice to your ministry. Here's our host to tell you what to expect. Proudly developed by UCAYouth."

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https://victas.uca.org.au/introducing-spice/

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Improvisation in the Church

Improvisation in the Church | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

There’s a great article by Deborah Kapp called “Improvisation and the Practice of Ministry”. I’ve lifted a bunch of quotes from it (tweaked a couple to make them standalone sentences) and made a set of cards of posters. I look forward to using them in discussions with church leaders.

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The Character of Young People's Discipleship

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Of all the organizations you would assume to be exemplars of character and virtue development, youth ministries would certainly be near the top of your list. Right? A recent national survey of youth leaders conducted by the Fuller Youth Institute for the Character and Virtue Development found that young people’s discipleship and relationship with God were frequently mentioned as important goals among the youth leaders. However that youth leaders provided little to no explanation for how these goals were pursued. Read about these challenging findings.

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Pioneer Ministry & Innovation - ANVIL: journal of theology and mission | Volume 34 issue 3

Pioneer Ministry & Innovation - ANVIL: journal of theology and mission | Volume 34 issue 3 | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

"You could argue that innovation and pioneer ministry are, at least in the context of the church, two ways of saying essentially the same thing. Pioneer ministry is the term we use for ministry that is innovative, breaks new ground and challenges the status quo. Perhaps. But for many involved in pioneering, innovation is not so much an objective as a product or consequence of a response to the deeper motivation of a call to mission."

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Here's the most recent (2018) edition of the Church Missionary Society journal with aritcles by Michael Moynagh, Lucy Moore and others.

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Holy Habits: An adventure in Christian Discipleship

"The call to Christian discipleship is a call to adventure. Holy Habits explores this adventure through a rich mix of biblical material and inspiring stories. The life-giving, transforming role of ten habits seen in Acts 2 are re-imagined for personal and community life today. The ten habits are: biblical teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayer, giving, service, eating together, gladness and generosity, worship and the making of more disciples."

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http://www.holyhabits.co.uk/ This is a new suite of resources for church based on Christian practices of discipleship.

 
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"Doing Innovative Ministry" with Kenda Creasy Dean

"Doing Innovative Ministry" with Kenda Creasy Dean | Growing Disciples | Scoop.it

In this "Leading Ideas" podcast episode we discuss innovation, entrepreneurial ministry, and leadership with Kenda Creasy Dean,  Princeton Theological Seminary.

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