What is a Milestone?
A faith milestone is a marker along life’s journey that says, “This is something important and God is here, too.” Celebrating milestones is a biblically-based spiritual practice for both home and congregation that helps all generations recognize God’s presence during these special moments.
Baptisms • Dedications • Weddings • Funerals • Confirmation • Mission Trips • Graduations • Retirements • Birthdays • Anniversaries
Milestones Ministry provides a clear and usable model for congregations, homes and communities to connect faith formation resources with daily life experiences.
Milestones Ministry does the essential ministry of the church by promoting Christian faith formation and outreach into the larger community. The outreach element is accentuated when the celebration of milestones is offered to the entire community and not just congregational members. This model helps encourage and implement Vibrant Faith Ministries’ vision for passing on faith—a vision that places children of all ages in the center of the church's concern.
Milestones Ministry incorporates a simple structure that includes:
- Name it
- Equip it
- Bless it
- Gift it
- Reinforce it
By following this four-step process, it enables the Milestone Ministry event to have a greater chance to take deeper root in lifelong faith formation.
The FOUR KEYS are at the heart of equipping people for lifelong faith formation. These faith practices are central to every milestone and integrated into people’s daily lives as well as the life of the congregation.
The FOUR KEYS include:
- Caring Conversations
- Rituals and Traditions
“Thank you for re-filling my cup and sending me back with some new ideas to implement..”
Amy Eisenmann, intern
Buhl, North Dakota
“Our congregation has been a part of the Milestones Ministry for several years. One of the most power parts of the ministry was best stated by one of the parents who came to me and said, 'Thank you, Pastor. When I come with my child, I’m no longer a spectator, but a participant!'”
Pastor Mark Asleson
Dilworth Lutheran Church