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Faith Formation: Mentors & Volunteers - Books & Other Media

Resources including: Children & Family Curricula & Storytime; Confirmation/Affirmation of Baptism; Denominational Resources; Tween & Teen Mental and Spiritual Health; Sexuality & Identity; and Online/At-Home Tech

Books & Downloads

Announcing: The New Normal

Springtide Research Institute is a wealth of research-based information for boundaries and best practices for youth and young adult ministries. The New Normal: 8 Ways to Care for Gen Z in a Post-Pandemic World is but one example.

After Doubt: Swoboda: 9781587434518: Books                    The Deepest Belonging: A Story about Discovering Where God Meets Us Cover Image     The Gap Decade                         Tongue-Tied

Rev. Diane Shallue created Twelve Devotions for Ministry Teams & Committees as part of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA series, “Learning Strategies for the Life of Faith Initiative.” They were developed "to equip congregational leaders to find ways to love and serve the world in all that they do", are ecumenical in scope, and free to share with teams and leadership groups.

Recruiting & Empowering Your Church Volunteers a free ebook from SparkHouse

Blogs, Podcasts & Articles

The Small Church Ministry Podcast | Podcast on Spotify The Small Church Ministry podcast with Laurie Acker – for example: 5 Fresh Ways to Structure Children’s Ministry If You’re Short Volunteers Or Just Need A Break.

Springtide Research InstituteSpringtide Research Institute is a wealth of knowledge for teachers, mentors, volunteers, etc. Here's their compelling reason to partner young people with a caring adult mentor early-on, and keep that mentor consistent throughout the young person's time with you.

Image credit: Barbara Holmes, Untitled 14 & 21 (detail), 2021, photograph, United States, used with permission. Abel Marquez, Lady Praying, 2020 (detail), photograph, free use. Jenna Keiper and Leslye Colvin, 2021, triptych art, United States.

Fr. Richard Rohr and others explore prayer as A Quality of Relationship.

Short On Volunteers? You’re Not Alone

By Sarah Bentley Allred (she/her/hers) on Feb 14, 2022

I want you to know that if you are struggling with volunteer recruitment, management, retention, or engagement… you are not alone.

Take a fresh look at how you can partner with caregiving adults to ignite a lifelong love of Jesus in your students.

In Our Library - Children

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Scientists in SolidarityScientists in Solidarity is passionate about increasing and retaining diversity in the life sciences. Their mission is to create a supportive community of BIPOC students and professionals. Through career development opportunities, mentorship, and outreach, we seek to create a space to learn and thrive in our field.

     moral development in children     Erik Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development

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Bold Transformational Faith

A partnership to bring faith formation tools and resources ​from CAMP to your CONGREGATION

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Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for  Meaning, Purpose, and Faith - Kindle edition by Parks, Sharon Daloz.  Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @     9780986903007: Christian Mentoring