In my experience, one of the most vibrant and practical networks of support across the ELCA is the ELCA Children, Youth and Family Ministry Network. One the many ways they provide support and resourcing for congregational leaders engaged in this important ministry is through the publication of their journal, Connect. Their Winter 2015 issue recently landed in my inbox with the issue’s theme of “Story” prominently featured on the cover.
Since telling the most important story of all is at the center of what we do through our ministry of publishing, I was looking forward to reading this issue cover-to-cover!
But, as I flipped through quickly, I became even more excited about reading it! On pages 12 and 13 is a terrific interview with my colleague, Aaron Christopher, Executive Producer for sparkhouse videos! It is a terrific interview (and I’m only slightly biased) where Aaron shares his passion for creating innovative, but theologically solid, videos to engage children, youth and adults in growing their faith.
After reading that article, I flipped to the next page and found an article written by my colleague Dawn Rundman, Director of Children’s Development for sparkhouse. Her article “Ten Great Ideas for Storytelling With Kids” provides concise, practical tips for both professional and volunteer faith formation leaders. While these can serve as standalone ideas, I know that Dawn and the fine team she leads, incorporate many, many similar practical ideas for working effectively with children in the sparkhouse curricula that they develop.
So, congratulations, Aaron & Dawn, for being featured in these ways in Connect magazine! And, congratulations to the fine folks in the ELCA Children, Youth and Family Ministry Network for the outstanding ways you support ministries all across the Church. And, thanks for featuring two of my many talented colleagues and their work!
Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress