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Caitlin Dinger

Caitlin is a DCE with 20 years’ experience in congregational and outdoor ministries. She is wife to Andrew, a pastor, and mom to three little boys. Caitlin enjoys gardening & home preserving, Jane Austen, and photography. Her life is powered by a lot of forgiveness, and a lot of coffee.

Recent Posts by Caitlin Dinger

3 Ways to Engage Children and Youth with Daily Bible Reading

So, how are those New Year’s resolutions going? The ones you made to exercise more, make healthier food choices, spend more time with family, and spend more time in God’s Word?

You Are What You Eat

“You are what you eat!” We’ve all heard it, right? And, at this time of year, with Christmas and New Year’s parties chock full of sweet and savory goodies that could tempt the cleanest eater into indulging, one might be considering a New Year’s resolution to watch more carefully what’s eaten—after January 1, of course.

Affirmation Overload

A friend on Facebook recently shared a picture of some journals with affirmations on their covers. You know the kind—with a loopy, fat-brush-style font telling you to “Make Ideas Happen” or “Be Humble and Rule the World.”

Five Ways to Prep for National Youth Gathering

It's nine months to go before a National Youth Gathering—do you know what youth leaders throughout the LCMS are up to right now?

Start With The Ending

A confession: I read the ends of books first. Last page, last chapter, whatever it takes to give me a quick glimpse into how things end. I live for spoiler alerts and barrel right past them, collecting tidbits of information about plot and characters, and squirreling it away in my memory for future reference.

Three and a Half Ways to Get a Jump on Next Year's Program

Ahhh . . . summer. For ministry staff and volunteers, it can be a much-needed time for rest and rejuvenation after a busy program year.

Summer Ministry To-Go

Summer can be a challenging time for a congregation’s education ministries. The end of the school year brings with it a vacation mindset that can draw people away from regular participation in Bible study and corporate worship. Where I live in New Jersey, summer weekends are spent at “The Shore.” In Washington State, you might lose families when they retreat to a cabin in the mountains. In Oklahoma and elsewhere, it’s trips to the lake. Summer is the season for road trips, family reunions, destination weddings, exploring the great outdoors at national parks, and other adventures that draw our members away from home.

Planting Seeds

Despite the fact that spring officially began on March 20, its arrival seems to have been delayed in many areas around the country. In New Jersey, where I live, snow and freezing temperatures continued well into April, to the dismay of many a stay-at-home parent, desperate for a little sunshine and outside playtime for their cabin-feverish children. (Or, is that just me?)

The ABCs of Faith

A-B-C-D-E-F-G. . . .