Christians of every age have faced the dual tasks of guiding adults deeper into discipleship and teaching young people the traditions and teachings of the past. That responsibility is becoming harder as social trends lead people away from organized religion. And although omnipresent technology puts challenges on people's time, it also offers opportunities for education. Wise congregations are finding ways to develop new models for faith formation.
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Throughout the summer, families emailed cell phone photos of "Jesus on the Go" back to the congregation from wherever they had traveled. Mandy Houghton, director of faith formation at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cary, N.C., says Jesus on the Go was "much like the Flat Stanley [book] character" and helped "pass on the faith outside the walls of Christ the King."
|Ben Muse, a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cary, N.C., took "Jesus on the Go" with him everywhere — even on a family cruise.|
• Share a Cup, Share a Verse or Bible speed-dating: Ask children and youth to share Bible verses and faith stories with adults and vice versa. For younger children, four minutes is sufficient, said Heidi Kleine, who coordinates youth and adult faith formation at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Older participants were given six to seven minutes, she said.
• Steward cards: Present families and individuals with hole-punched cards on a ring. List one way to be a steward on each card.
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