Hopeful new directions in resource development

Whenever I come across a group that is creating excellent and creative new resources for the church, I get excited.  I noticed Augsburg Fortress promoting a new confirmation program and after following a few links I ran into Spark House.  Here is what they’re about:

It’s time to start a fire. 

Rumors of decline.  Dramatic cultural shifts.  The growing irrelevance of Christianity.

A spark is a potential for change. A glowing reminder of what the Spirit is up to. The start of an idea that just might catch. Our collective imagination at work.  Is it possible that the changes affecting our faith communities are ultimately opportunities, not threats?

We believe so.

Let’s be clear, churches of all kinds and theological viewpoints are struggling to be relevant – even to survive. But we don’t think the problem ultimately lies with money, size, or style. The key is imagination. The ability to envision and move into a new future. In a word, faith.

We’re attracted to all kinds of problems, because we see opportunities. Our calling is to reimagine resources like VBS or Bible study in a way that creates new vitality, change, and relevance in Christian communities.

The only way forward is to imagine a new future together.

What a remarkably hopeful attitude!  I’m inspired.

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One Response to Hopeful new directions in resource development

  1. Beth Lewis says:

    Thanks for noticing! We’re very excited about our newly launched publishing team that is creating resources that are ecumenical from the outset. They are intended to be dynamic, some might say edgy, to help church leaders who are looking for a way to spark new life in their worship and faith formation activities, both for those who are already engaged in their community of faith and for those they are inviting.

    You can learn a lot about sparkhouse from our website, http://www.wearesparkhouse.org and you can see (and use) sample videos that we have created and posted on http://www.YouTube.com/user/wearesparkhouse Enjoy!

    Blessings, Beth

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