Perhaps you read about Rev. Kerry's training and coaching opportunity, Worship for the Whole Community (and if you haven't yet, please check it out!), and you thought, "Well, it sounds great, but this is a difficult time to take on something new. Too much pressure, too much going on with Advent and Christmas (on a … Continue reading Worship for the Whole Community (Pt 2): Why It Matters, How It Will Help You
Why do people come to worship? What spiritual and human needs do your church’s worship experiences currently meet? What groups of people in your community are under-represented (or not represented at all) in your congregation? How can you more effectively reach out to include and bless people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles? If your church … Continue reading Worship for the Whole Community: Training & Coaching Opportunity
Is "Follow your passion" the best advice for those seeking meaningful work? To what extent does developing specific skills or expertise help you find work you love? Rev. Kerry reviews Cal Newport’s 2012 book with an eye to ministry applications.
Last fall, the Alumni office of Iliff School of Theology interviewed Rev. Kerry about the formation of Sacred Stones Ministries and the experience of creating a new kind of ministry. The "alumni story" video posted was just a small fraction of the total conversation, but sums up much of our mission and work in less … Continue reading Rev. Kerry’s Alumni Interview for Iliff School of Theology
With a donation from board member Carl Cleveland, Sacred Stones Ministries has launched a new scholarship fund to enable small churches to participate in events or receive consulting services that would otherwise be out of their reach. Starting with Giving Tuesday on December 1, all undesignated donations to Sacred Stones in December will go to … Continue reading Announcing “Stepping Stones”: Sacred Stones Ministries’ New Scholarship Fund
This story was originally published on RMCUMC.org on September 4, 2015. View the full story and photos. Sacred Stones Ministries, Inc., provided a week of mission from Aug. 10 to 14 for four Denver youth who had not been on a mission trip before primarily due to funding. Adrien Robinson, Jade Beals, and Cameron Steelman … Continue reading Sacred Stones Ministries offers Denver youth their first mission trip, by Rev. Denise Bender
Sacred Stones Ministries invites adults, both clergy and laity, to join in a trip to Ft. Washakie, on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, this August. We will work on a variety of projects in the community while building relationships with those who live there. We will be working in conjunction with the Wyoming Association … Continue reading Building Understanding and Cultural Bridges: Adult Mission Trip to the Wind River Reservation
This June, I spent five days working with a small group of young adults on a mission trip doing flood recovery outside Lyons, Colorado. We pried off branches, logs, and parts of cars that had wrapped themselves around trees; hauled out debris that had washed downriver – everything from kitchen sinks to elk antlers; we … Continue reading The Best Kind of Working Vacation: Five Reasons to Go on a Mission Trip, by Rev. Debra Juarez
Friends and colleagues keep asking how Sacred Stones is doing, and I am always pleased to tell them how much interest people are expressing in our model of shared and supportive ministries. In fact, the response has been so positive that I (Kerry) have not had time to stay current on communicating all our news! … Continue reading Exciting Updates on Sacred Stones Ministries!
Whether your church is small, medium or large, integrating youth into the overall life of your church grows them into connection and membership in your church and teaches lifelong practices of participation and discipleship. Youth bring the same variety of Spirit-given gifts as all Christians. Inviting youth to share those gifts adds to the vitality … Continue reading Engaging Youth in the Ministries and Mission of the Church, by Rev. Debra Juarez