Monthly Archives : May 2004

Painting the Town the Colors of the Gospel

Painting the Town the Colors of the Gospel

In 2003, Faith Lutheran Church of Topeka, KS, hosted the unique, exciting Servant Event, Flowering Your Faith. At this Event, youth servants worked to construct large murals throughout the city of Topeka. These murals held a deliberate focus on the Trinity. Painting these murals gave youth a great opportunity for outreach, in addition to being pieces for outreach inherently. Read on to learn more about hosting a similar Event for your congregation! Continue reading

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Words to Define Outreach

Words to Define Outreach

In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer offers a new lexicon for thinking about the tasks and joys of working in youth ministry programming. Continue reading

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Mocha Ministry-Coffee House Churches

Mocha Ministry-Coffee House Churches

In June, 2003, a group of St. Louis seminarians known as Christ in the City began renovating an abandoned church building, utilizing the service help of area youth, volunteers from the Concordia system, and ex-prisoners from the Acts 1:8 Mission Society Care Team. Outreach via a coffee house church is the ultimate goal, but outreach is also the means as Christ in the City seeks to touch a community with the love of Jesus. Continue reading

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The Secrets of Performance Ministry

The Secrets of Performance Ministry

Ardan James, The Animated Illusionist, has opened for the likes of Ray Romano and Michael W. Smith. His comedy act has taken him to 12 countries and has given him opportunity to perform on TV shows like Star Trek Voyager! In The Secrets of Performance Ministry, Mr. James and Bauer, a puppet who thinks he’s real, share a bit about how their ministry-based perfomances work, and how you can use your talents and skills in a similar way. Continue reading

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Holy Hoops Basketball Outreach

Holy Hoops Basketball Outreach

Sometimes, Christians get into the habit of thinking of the church as a club for members only. This article discusses how one congregation opened its doors to the community using an open-gym basketball program, and how that program worked for the good of the church. Continue reading

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From House of Pancakes to House of Prayer

From House of Pancakes to House of Prayer

The Florida-Georgia District of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod is hard at work supporting many outreach-based congregations, one of which is Salem Haitian Lutheran Church in Lake Worth, FL. Salem Haitian is the church home for many Haitian immigrants in the Lake Worth area. Read on to learn more about Salem’s unique outreach base and the effective means this congregation uses to draw people into the love of Christ. Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Fitz

A Day in the Life of a Fitz

The Fitz Family is a family troupe of jugglers that has been performing since 1992 and has been traveling full time since 1994. This article is about their family and their work. Continue reading

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Retreating to the Haven

Retreating to the Haven

The Haven is a place of refuge for the students of Concordia University, Wisconsin, offering them the opportunity to to sing praises to God and hear about great topics geared toward young adults. In this article, a Concordia student offers his perspective on how helpful such a program can be to college life. Continue reading

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Parenting Point: Reaching Across Prejudice

Parenting Point: Reaching Across Prejudice

This Parenting Point by Mary Halberg discusses the problem of racism and teaching young people to reach out beyond social prejudice with the love of Christ. Continue reading

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