So many of us are feeling a tug like never before that there is something to be done in our world, something important, something big. At the exact same time many are nervous, fearful, overwhelmed with the magnitude of the task before us. Today I explore what it means to start, to take the next right step and give 3 ways to actually begin making a difference in your world! Click Here for Sound Cloud Click Here for iTunes
Longfellow said "Great is the art of beginning but even greater is the art of finishing." On episode 06 of the 12 Stone Spirituality Podcast I discuss how difficult beginning and finishing are both in our lives as well as in our understanding of our own spirituality. We revisit the story of the Good Samaritan and I give you 3 ways to both begin and finish well! Click Here to Listen on Soundcloud Click Here to Listen on iTunes
Episode 2 of the 12 Stone Spirituality Podcast is up and ready! I hope you will be able to go over to iTunes and download and subscribe to the 12 Stone Spirituality Podcast. The podcast has had an incredible response so far! This episode is about the Biblical origin of the idea behind 12 Stone and the oncoming desert that God is calling us into, and how that is a good thing :) Click Here to listen! or copy and paste https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/12-stone-spirituality-podcast/id1191333213?mt=2
I know I have been rather quiet on the blog for the past couple of months... I have had a wonderful couple of months with family and friends over the holidays and through busyness that comes along with all of that goodness. There is another reason things have been relatively slow around the 12 Stone Spirituality blog. I have been working on, developing and creating the 12 Stone Spirituality Podcast! My plan is to release one podcast a week starting today! The podcast will be very similar to the blog, I will spend time playing at the intersections of life, spirituality and current events. My hope is that this new form will be a place to connect with more people and to create more relationships as we discover new and ancient ways of connecting with God and each other. I hope you will go and listen and I would be absolutely honored if you subscribed! So... Check it out! ------> 12 Stone Spirituality Podcast Or https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/12-stone-spirituality-podcast/id1191333213?mt=2
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“Forget the growth hormones! Stephen Ingram calls everyone who cares for young people to get our hands dirty in the organic soil of student ministry. Drawing on years of experience in ministry and consulting, Stephen will help you asses the particularities of your ministry context and determine what to plant and what to prune in order to promote long-term growth and sustainability. This book is required reading for anyone seeking fresh visions for youth ministry.” —Dave Csinos, Author, Speaker, and founding President of Faith Forward “The keen mind of Stephen Ingram permeates this book. Organic Student Ministry is chock-full of smart, savvy youth ministry wisdom. You won't find quick, shot-in-the-arm fixes for programming. Instead, you should read each chapter like it’s a treasure chest: with a yellow highlighter ready to put each gem into pragmatic practice.” —Stephanie Caro, Author, Speaker, Senior Consultant for Ministry Architects “Youth ministry will only be effective in our post-Christendom culture if it is contextual. Cookie cutter ministry models no longer work—if they ever did. Rooted in years of experience as a youth worker and consultant, Stephen Ingram has assembled a collection of best practices and attitude adjustments that will nurture relational and adaptive youth ministry in whatever context you serve. If you want to cultivate a dynamic and holistic ministry with young people and adults, this book is for you.” —John W. Vest, visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Cofounder of the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference “Finally a student ministry book written by an honest youth minister! Stephen not only captures the beautiful and hectic mess of adolescence, but lets the minister off the performance and production hook and invites them to get down and into the students' lives. Organic Student Ministry is the book I wish I read 15 years ago ... but at least I can share it now.”- Tripp Fuller, Cofounder of Homebrewed Christianity podcast “After reading an early draft, I knew Stephen was onto something profound. I could see immediately the authentic ring of ideas proven in the crucible of actually doing ministry week in and week out with young people. Though Stephen has already contributed quite a number of books to the youth ministry conversation, Organic Student Ministry introduces clearly and provocatively Stephen’s innovative, signature vision for ministry. I am thrilled that, at last, Stephen’s timely and distinct approach will be added to the vocabulary of those seeking to do faithful work with a new generation.” —Mark DeVries, Founder of Ministry Architects and Author of Sustainable Youth Ministry…
The Fall is a great time to institute change in your student ministry. It is a new beginning, people are excited and are looking for something fresh which gives you the capitol to improve the student ministry. Here are 10 simple changes that can make a world of difference. 1. Advocate for Weekly Student Involvement in Worship- Let's get our kids out of the student ministry ghetto and into the practice of serving in the primary worship space with the rest of the church family. It is long past time for there to be an equal representation in worship from children and youth. We know that there is great theological and developmental value for our students as well. So email your pastor or worship leader today and be your youth's biggest advocate! …