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Resources Recommended Resource List for Partners in Faith Congregations (All prices in Canadian dollars) PUBLISHED MATERIALS Descriptions in italics are from Tackle Box III, personal reviews collected by the Eastern Synod Witness subcommittee in conjunction with the Learning Ministry subcommittee.

1. The Child in Our Hands Leadership Manual by David W. Anderson
This manual is designed to help leaders within the congregation to establish, promote and develop more intentionally the model of ministry based on the vital partnership between the home and congregation in ministry. It is the outgrowth of years of parish experience, research, congregational consultation, leadership training event, trial-and-error model and strategy development, and resource development. The Milestones ministry and the Hand in Hand vision and equipping workshops are included in this manual. Its strength is that it contains the whole process; its weakness is that it is difficult to get the "big picture" without much study. The use of the video does help to share the vision. The manual is very useful for maintaining the vision and for reference while in the process. It is highly recommended for congregations using The Child in Our Hands model of family ministry.

Reviewed by Pat Rode Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com $127.95* (*Manual and Video $143.95)

2. The Child in Our Hands Video
This 42-minute video was developed to assist clergy and lay leaders of congregations in sharing the vision of The Child in Our Hands and in moving with their congregation from vision to action, with home and congregations as partners in teaching and nurturing the faith. The video, filmed during various conferences, features sections of keynote presentation by Dr. David W. Anderson, Marjorie Thompson, Dr. Dick Hardel and Dr. Roland Martinson. I would recommend this video for congregational use. Listening to the presentations, one can become excited about a new way to do family ministry. This video is a great start for a congregation interested in nurturing faith through family ministry.

Reviewed by Irene Fancy Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com $48.25* (*Manual and Video $143.95)

3. Passing On the Faith: A Radical New Model for Youth and Family Ministry
by Merton P. Strommen and Richard A. Hardel
Over 35 years of research leads one through the history of youth ministry to a clear vision of youth and family ministry. This book not only shares history, but shows what youth and family ministry looks like in a congregation, and highlights some congregations who are doing pieces of it very well. The resource list enables the reader to contact those people who are doing it well. Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com $36.95

4. Up the Creek WITH a Paddle: Building Effective Youth and Family Ministry
by Paul Hill, contributing editor An early page in this book states: "Paddles are critical for canoeists. Paddles give control. Paddles and knowing how to use them help us move ahead and in the right directions. This book is about paddles: 21 paddles that will keep you going in the direction you want to go in youth and family ministry. You will gain 3 things from reading it: 1. You will grow in confidence as you develop wisdom in this ministry. 2. You will gain expertise in practical ways to navigate the waters of this ministry effectively. 3. You will develop a solid theological and philosophical base upon which you can do this ministry." Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com $32.29

5. Values and Faith: Activities for Family and Church Groups by Roland S. Larson and Doris E. Larson
The new introduction to this resource shows families how to pass on faith and values using four keys for nurturing faith in the home. Because this resource is full of practical designs for learning, sharing, and growing, it is an excellent tool for intergenerational events as well as for the family at home. Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com $24.00

6. Milestones Worship Celebrations by Lee Hovel
This is an excellent resource for pastors, worship planning teams or directors of music and worship. It brings complete, children and family-friendly worship services designed around The Child in Our Hands Milestones. This resource strengthens the congregation's partnership in nurturing faith, visualizing milestones of a faith journey in public worship. Purchasing the manual gives a congregation the right to use all or any ideas of the worship services designed in the manual. The age range is from 0-1 years to grades 9-12. By modeling the importance of nurturing faith in a worship experience, the home is empowered for its ministry of passing on the faith to children. The congregation is involved in supporting parents as well as each child's faith journey. There are suggested schedules for the church year and the calendar year. Some suggestions for celebration planning are included. Worship that will celebrate each Milestone is clearly outlined. There are some excellent suggestions for taking the celebrations home. Parents can continue the celebration through Four Keys ideas. The strength of this manual is that much help is given to assist congregational leaders to begin to plan and carry out meaningful worship for this work involving the total congregation to be partners in faith with the home.

Reviewed by Pat Rode Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com $42.25

7. Milestones Intergenerational Enrichment Events by Marilyn Stalheim and Alice Stolper Peppler
This resource enables the congregation to be a training base for godparents, uncles and aunts, mentors, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters to learn about new resources and to gain skills in nurturing faith at a specific milestone in a young person's life. These intergenerational events could be done as an occasional Church school, a weeknight, Vacation Bible School or special festival. The focus is always on home and congregation as partners in teaching and nurturing faith. This resource identifies ten Milestones as typical occasions for most congregations and families. (from birth to age 18) The authors have written an intergenerational event for each of the milestones, ready for use by leaders. Everything to run an event, from promotion to follow-up is included. Songs have been written to the music of familiar tunes. Permission to copy the song lyrics and all print resources needed is included with the purchase of the resource. This is an excellent resource for congregations using The Child in Our Hands model of family ministry.

Reviewed by Pat Rode Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com $63.75

8. Family, the Forming Center by Marjorie J. Thompson
This book is a foundational resource for why the home is the primary place to teach and nurture the faith. The author uses her heart, faith and experiences to present the relational spirituality of family life, prayer and sacred celebration in the home. Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com $19.95

9. Faith Talk by Merton P. Strommen and Charles Bruning
This set of 192 faith share-cards is one of the first practical resources developed for The Child in Our Hands initiative. It was designed for caregiving adults and young people (ages 11 on up) to be in conversation about faith. From four areas-Etching, Values, Memories, Actions-people will share stories of God's faithfulness. Faith Talk is a wonderful tool to begin conversations about faith. Adults who find their story very difficult to share will find that these cards free up discussion. Church councils have used these cards as a part of devotions. The cards work well when used for short periods of time, to keep the level of sharing interest high. An excellent resource for congregations and families.

Reviewed by Pat Rode Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com $48.25

10. Faith Talk with Children by Dick Hardel and Deb Stehlin
Designed for faith conversation by parents or other adults and children between the ages of three and 10, the share-cards focus on four areas: Memories, Wonder, Actions and Growing Together. Every card contains a question that will generate discussion. The case contains a spinner to make a game of selecting the category. They can be used wherever families gather. They are great starters for events-the difficulty is to get the talking stopped! This is an excellent resource for congregations wanting to assist families. Some are finding that use in confirmation class helps children to get to know one another and develop relationships.

Reviewed by Pat Rode Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com $32.25

11. Take it to Heart by Miriam Campbell Dumke
This book is a joint project of Lutheran Brotherhood and the Division for Congregational Ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is designed to be a road map for evaluating and enriching your congregation's ministry with children, youth and families. It outlines a process that will help renew your vision and establish priorities for programming. Available from Augsburg Fortress In Canada, call 1.800.265.6397 or fax 519.748.9835 www.afcanada.com $7.50 (6-0001-0655-6)

12. Splashed With Promise Video Series Each 25-minute videotape in this new series is a resource for an adult forum, a workshop or a retreat. The videos come with a discussion guide written by Marilyn Sharpe. Series 1 Learning the language of Faith - features Dr. Dick Hardel with a focus on nurturing faith in the home by heart. Series 2 Living the Language of Faith - features Dr. David Anderson with a focus on the Four Keys for nurturing faith in the home. Series 3 Passing on the Language of Faith - features Dr. Roland Martinson with a focus on intergeneration al ministries. Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com $48.25 each or all three for $120.00

13. It's For L.I.F.E.! Manual and Video by Dick Hardel and Jennifer Mull This manual is one of the most innovative resources currently available in the area of family well-being. It not only shares information, but also provides assessments, activities, planning and leadership development for a congregation-based wellness ministry. The active learning designs are reproducible. It includes sermon helps, church school programs, a four-week class, a full retreat and congregation education helps. The six-minute video shows congregational ministries addressing each of the seven areas of wellness. Available from the Youth and Family Institute (Augsburg College) In Canada, call 1.888.838.6626 (Sperling's Church Supply Inc) www.youthfamilyinstitute.com Manual $63.95 Video $19.25 Manual & Video $71.95

14. Prescription for a Healthy Church by Jolene and Eugene Roehlkepartain Make sure your church is doing all it can to make a lasting impact on children and youth. This asset-building workbook will identify tons of practical ways to build confident and healthy young people. Reproducible. Published by Group/Search Available from Augsburg Fortress In Canada, call 1.800.265.6397 or fax 519.748.9835 www.afcanada.com $27.95 (0-7644-2215-4)

15. What Kids Need to Succeed by Peter Benson, Judy Galbraith, Pamela Espeland Based on a nationwide study, it spells out 40 assets that get whole communities involved in working together for kids. Published by Free Spirit Publishers Available from Augsburg Fortress In Canada, call 1.800.265.6397 or fax 519.748.9835 www.afcanada.com $14.95 (1-5754-2030-9)

16. THAT REMINDS ME, Story Starters for Passing on the Faith by Jean Brown Eittreim. The author explains why stories are important to passing on the faith, how to fit them into your busy day and how to prepare to tell a story. This book contains 200 story-starters for every season and many life situations. There are suggestions for ways to tell stories even when you are far away. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 1998 Available from Augsburg Fortress In Canada, call 1.800.265.6397 or fax 519.748.9835 www.afcanada.com $16.50 (0-8066-3633-8) WEB SITES: www.vifamily.ca

"Established in 1965, the Vanier Institute of the Family is an acknowledged leader on issues affecting families. It advocates on behalf of Canada's 7.8 million families from the point of view that families are the key building block of society and that every Canadian is included in their context. We hope that our web site will help build public understanding of important issues and trends critical to the well-being and healthy functioning of Canadian families. - from the Vanier Institute home page www.youthfamilyinstitute.com "Youth and Family Institute of Augsburg College is affiliated with Augsburg College and is housed on the campus in Minneapolis, MN. The Institute is on the cutting edge of youth and family ministry…YFI studies the latest research on faith development and what is happening to children, youth and families. From the studied research the Institute develops conceptual models, training, continuing education for professionals and volunteers, consultation, workshops, and develops new resources." - from the YFI home page www.search-institute.org "Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose mission is to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. The institute conducts research and evaluation, develops publications and practical tools and provides training and technical assistance. The institute collaborates with others to promote long-term organizational and cultural change that supports the healthy development of all children and adolescents." - from the Search Institute home page.

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