The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has made a commitment to encourage all members of our congregations, from children to adults, to dig deeper into our book of faith, the Bible. The Book of Faith Initiative recommends a new model for our church. A grass-roots approach embracing a common vision in which all are invited to open scripture and join the conversation. Each community is encouraged to decide how the Book of Faith Initiative will become a vital part of its own ministry.
The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge seeks to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of new examples of faithful, innovative, and effective ways of teaching and learning Scripture. Seminary students are invited to take the challenge: Create an innovative class / encounter / series engaging Scripture in a congregational setting. The spring events feature their learnings and the feedback from experts and audience members.Friday, April 21 at LSTP (Philadelphia, PA)
A collection of resources created for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering, including two PowerPoint presentations and two supporting documents. The story-by-story art panels, historical factoids, thoughtful questions, and literary insights (help sheets) offer guidance for a unique journey through the story line of Mark's Gospel.
Mark: The NeverEnding Story files
The June 2014 issue of Currents in Theology and Mission is dedicated to the Book of Faith Initiative. The editors of Currents are kindly making the issue available for downloading at no cost.
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Story Matters: A new resource designed to help your congregation discover and articulate its unique identity and mission. Story Matters will help to:
In a time of declining mainline Protestant church attendance, Bouman reminds us that the Holy Spirit is still very much at work in our communities and in the world. God continues to make all things new, and calls us to join this mission of reconciliation, restoration, and renewal. Each chapter of this book contains Bible references and questions for individual and group reflection, study, and action. Learn More