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Being Christian in a Multicultural World
Leader: Rev. Dr. Grace Cajiuat and panelists
Connecting with Young Adults through Community Ministry
Leader: Joy Skjegstad
Program Planning for Women’s Groups
Leader: Debbie Kolacki
You Can Lead an Adult Study
Leader: Debbie Kolacki
Small Groups, Big Results
Leader: Rebecca Hall
Adult Christian Education Web Sites
Lutheran Bible Ministries web site with free lectionary Bible studies and other resources to download.
This web site sponsored by Christianity Today magazine offers free articles on organizing and leading small groups, some free studies, and other studies to download for a fee.
Daily Discipleship and Daily Faith Practices are online downloadable Bible studies based on the lectionary used at Sunday worship. Daily Discipleship is based on the Gospel Lesson and Daily Faith Practices is based on the Second Lesson.
Faithelement is a Bible study curriculum for youth and adults that uses multiple forms of media — video, music, text, images — to help groups explore faith and the scriptures. Everything is online. Each session includes a Bible background video and a set of "Session Pages" from which you can choose an approach for leading the group. Some studies are free; others require paying a membership fee.
Downloadable studies on Bible and Theology, Popular Culture (current books, movies, music), Contemporary Issues, Spirituality, Christian Living. One session study costs $5.
Book Clubs Resources Websites
An Open Book
Bethany House’s An Open Book website is a resource for information on discussion-friendly inspirational books. Includes tools to select books for groups, discussion guides, food and entertainment suggestions and information about Bethany House authors. Book Club coordinators can sign up to receive complimentary copies of books.
Book Club Hub
Tyndale’s Book Club Hub is a monthly newsletter with book suggestions, discussion guides, first chapter excerpts and author information. Includes ideas and tips to facilitate inspiring, fun, and challenging discussion plus information from Tyndale editors and marketing staff
Book Group Buzz
From the experts at Booklist Online. The blog offers book group tips, reading lists, literary news, book club resources, reading guides and links to other book and book club blogs.
Book Club Classics
Resources for readers include blogs, book club themes, buying guides, book lists, discussion questions and more.
Harper One Reading Guides
Guides for many books published by Harper One including contemporary as well as classic authors.
Christian Education Resources from the UMC
Chapters from The Ministry of Christian Education and Formation
Christian Humor Websites
Humorous Sermon Illustrations Websites
You can search for illustrations based on scripture and type of illustration: there is one called “humor.”
D365 Daily Devotional
These free daily online devotions with music are also available by e-mail.
Daily Devotions from First Radio Parish Church of America These online devotions for mainline Protestants are available to read or watch as a video.
Daily Scriptures Readings and Meditations
This daily devotional is published by the National Council of Churches and uses the Gospel passage from the Revised Common Lectionary. A free e-mail subscription is available.
God Pause Daily Devotions These free e-mail devotions are short, meaningful reflections on the following Sunday's lessons and gospel and are written by Luther Seminary alumni.
Gratefulness.orgThis website includes videos, walking a virtual labyrinth, and uplifting e-cards to send. You can also light a virtual candle or listen to bells and chants for different times of the day and night.
PresbyCan Daily Devotional The Presbyterian Church of Canada manages these online daily devotionals. A free e-mail subscription is available and the devotions can also be listened to as a podcast or with music.
Still Speaking Daily Devotional Daily devotions from the United Church in Christ based on the ecumenical "Daily Readings" are available for free by e-mail.
Mission Trip Websites
Articles and tips for those planning mission trips.
“Christianity Today” Movies. Offers reviews and movie discussion guides to download for a fee although there are a few free ones available.
Visual movie reviews with explorations into deeper, more profound meanings behind film, music and pop culture.
Online adult study websites
You can create your own online course using a simple, free website like http://freeforums.net/
The BeADisciple website (www.BeADisciple.com) comes from the United Methodist Church; they offer online courses and your church can also become a congregational partner. You can take a course to learn how to offer courses online and there are courses that prepare you to lead Disciple Bible study. You can go here to view a video about it:
Creating Online Bible Studies from the Luther Seminary
Religion Facts Website
Aims to give “objective and reliable” information about a variety of world religions and belief systems.
Women’s Group Web Sites
Prayers and Squares
An interfaith outreach ministry that combines the gift of prayer with the gift of a hand-tied quilt. Unlike many other groups that make quilts for charitable causes, their purpose is to promote prayer through the use of quilts.
Women of the ELCA (WELCA)
offers a blog, news, resources for meetings, retreats, etc., and more.
Julia Bettencourt's Creative Ladies Ministry
Offers resources for developing Women’s Ministry.