The January 2019 issue of the journal, Currents in Theology and Mission, focuses on the Life of Faith Initiative. Multiple authors examine the many facets of the initiative. Book reviews focus on helpful books for more reading.
Find resources for use with the initiative at Select Learning.
Wartburg Seminary’s Connections curriculum contains four units of six sessions each and a leader guide for each unit. It is a free resource.
Download this free, six-session Intergenerational Curriculum Based on Affirmation of Baptism: A Life of Faith Resource. Written by Craig Nessan.
One of the most central activities of the church is worship. Yet very often we do not see the deep connections between the practices of worship and their significance for daily life. This document highlights how everything we do at worship is God’s way in Christ of forming us in specific Christian life practices, shaping us as disciples of Jesus for service to neighbors in every arena of daily life.
Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, MN, is using occasional interview sermons to empower members to speak to how their faith connects with their life in the world. You can watch some of them here:
Our Callings at Work
Our Vocations with Aging Parents
Our Callings with Family and Friends
The Vocation of a Newly-engaged Couple
This excellent Bible study by Sandy Block, formerly a features editor for a local newspaper, looks at Ephesians through the lens of the ministry we all are called to in the everyday activities of our lives.
Our partners at the Book of Faith Initiative provide excellent resources for getting people to “open scripture” and “join the conversation.” Make sure to follow the many links on their site to see the wide variety of resources that they offer.
Lutheran Men in Mission have a YouTube channel with videos of men bearing witness to the intersection of faith and life.
This resource was developed for use in the fall of 2018 to expand “God’s Work. Our Hands.” from a single day of service to a two-month emphasis that will equip our people for a life of faith—every day. (Right-click or Option-click the link to download this file to your computer.) While it’s tied to the lectionary for that season, it could be adapted for use at other times of the year.
Download a model resolution that you can adapt for use in your synod or congregation.
Thomas Johnson has done extensive work on linking faith and daily life (what he calls “baptismal living”) through a series of baptismal affirmations.
The North American Association of the Catechumenate has a vocation page that lists numerous sites and resources that support the connection between faith and life.
Check out an article on “The Neighborliness of All Believers” by Craig Nessan, published in The Lutheran magazine in September 2013.
Vocation: From worship to the world is an article by Dwight DuBois that was the cover article for the May 2016 issue of Living Lutheran.
Resurrection Lutheran Church in Channahon, Illinois, is engaging in the practice of testimony during worship. In this wonderful audio clip (with captioning) Heather discusses her ministry as a hairdresser. (Right/Option-click to download the video.)
The Southeastern Iowa Synod produced two 90-second videos on vocation that are available for your use. The first one is a “person on the street” interview exploring the confusion over vocation; the second one is a “revelation” over how we live out our vocation.
St. John’s University hosts The Collegeville Institute; part of their work focuses on vocation. Check out this page for some excellent resources.
The Theology of Work website “exists to help people explore what the Bible and the Christian faith can contribute to ordinary work.” The site provides an exhaustive (and free) Bible commentary that “explores what the Bible says about faith and work, book by book.”
The Member Mission Network provides resources for the baptized to explore the specific processes and issues at work in each area of daily life.