Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How Christians can be inviting without being irritating



Praying with beads provides a steady discipline -- a shape and a frequency for a life of prayer -- and a tangible tool that fixes our attention in a world of so many distractions, writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.

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A youth pastor who began a church-based social enterprise shares advice for others interested in this kind of ministry. The three initial phases are discernment, consulting with the community and testing.

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All Christians are called to invite others along the way of Jesus. Make it easy for people to say yes, don't wear out your welcome, and be yourself, advises a pastor who offers "free prayer" in public.

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Wandering and getting lost is crucial to the practice of ministry. And it must be honored in our seminary classrooms, the places where religious leaders are formed, writes a seminary professor.

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Technology offers different capabilities -- storytelling, problem solving, design thinking -- to engage learners in religious teaching, says a rabbi and game designer.

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