New Resources for Adult Christian Formation

Several new resources have just been released, all appropriate for adult Christian formation groups or individual use. Here’s my list of recommendations of new resources.

The Ministry of Ordinary Places by Shannan Martin. A wonderfully written invitation to do ministry right where you are, in your own neighborhood and with people you encounter each and every day. This young woman and mom of several kids tells how her own concept of “ministry” changed after she moved to a low income urban area. She urges everyone to go and seek out neighbors – and ministry – among the forgotten corners of their own cities and towns. Just published, available in e-book, paperback, audio, and CD.

The Grace of Enough: Pursuing Less and Living More in a Throwaway Culture by Haley Stewart. The author does a great job of connecting the current trend of minimalism with Christian ethics. She tells the story of moving out of a suburban home in Florida to truly minimalist digs on a farm in Texas (compost toilets included). Great for church groups in connecting Christianity to environmental stewardship. Published September 2018, available in paperback and Kindle.

Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God’s Lead by Sarah-Beth Marr. The author uses her former career as a ballerina to encourage readers to follow new calls and go forward in their life journeys. Beautifully written and excellent for those feeling “stuck” in their lives or careers and ready to do something new. Available in both e-book and paperback for about $10 – a bargain.

Coming this spring…

Purpose by Jordan Dooley.  This book truly inspired me. The author addresses woman going through all kinds of everyday stress and challenges: frustration, perfectionism, shame, rejection, insecurities, and other obstacles to peace and well-being. Her audience is younger women, but this middle-aged gal found it helpful as well. Dooley is a terrific storyteller and uses metaphors from everyday life that anyone can relate to. Perfect for church women’s groups. Coming in March 2019.

Enjoy some great reading this fall! Blessings, Cindy

Publication of Christian Nurture in the 21st Century

Sycamore Cove is delighted to announce the publication of its first book, Christian Nurture in the Twenty-First Century: A New Vision for Christian Formation.  This book, by Cynthia Coe, envisions new ways of nurturing children and young people in the Christian faith – backed up by scripture, church history, and theology.

Christian Nurture in the Twenty-First Century is available in both print and e-book editions through Amazon.com at this link.  This is a great book for Christian educators, clergy, vestry members, and anyone else looking to re-think their Christian formation programs.

Here’s more information about Christian Nurture in the 21st Century:

The light of Christ is passed from one generation to the next, keeping the faith alive. Christian Nurture in the Twenty-First Century imagines a new vision for sharing the Christian faith with young people. Based on scripture and a fresh look at how Christian education was done in the past, this book presents new ideas and models of nurturing the Christian faith of young people.

Cynthia Coe asks church leaders to give the ministry of Christian education a “fresh think” and explore new but more effective means of passing the Christian faith to young people. Coe also gives churches a theological and scriptural basis for trying new ways of Christian formation, such as paying Sunday School teachers – providing well trained, well prepared teachers in a world where volunteers simply can’t or won’t spend the time to provide effective Christian education programs. She also strongly advocates teaching parents who never learned the basics of Christianity before these young parents attempt to ingrain their children in Christian values and morals.

In a series of essays included in this book, Cynthia Coe tackles many specific challenges facing Christian educators, such as quality adult programming, Vacation Bible School programming, and how to reach children most in need. Based on her field experience as a Director of Children’s Ministries and curriculum developer of Christian education resources, Cynthia Coe presents a fresh voice and insightful ideas to better pass the faith to young people in the twenty-first century.

Cynthia Coe is an honors graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and the University of Tennessee College of Law. She also holds a degree with highest honors in the College Scholars program of the University of Tennessee, focusing on Honors History.