If your eye has ever drifted over to the right side of the Lent Madness website, you've no doubt noticed the Forward Movement logo there. Now if you know anything about Forward Movement, it might have surprised you that the venerable publisher of Forward Day by Day would sponsor Lent Madness. "Aren't these the people who publish pamphlets?" you might have said.
Here's the thing. Forward Movement has actually been working hard since 1935 "to reinvigorate the life of the church." The mission of Forward Movement is not to publish things, but rather to encourage discipleship and support evangelism. So Lent Madness is a perfect fit: it deepens our knowledge of how God has worked in the lives of ordinary men and women and it invites non-churchy types to think about saints.
If you're new to Forward Movement -- or if you haven't been keeping up with recent changes -- you might want to check out the website. There you'll find plenty of resources, both printed and electronic. Here are some recent hits:
Besides Lent Madness, Forward Movement has other partnerships, with some new ones brewing.
Plenty of churches still use pamphlets, and there are a few new ones for Holy Week and Eastertide. Check out Celebrating the 50 Days of Easter by Nancy Hopkins-Greene or Resurrection Living by Christine McSpadden. One SEC member has written a pamphlet on hospitality in churches, with insights from some lessons learned the hard way (as a visitor).
There's more in the works. Follow Forward Movement on Facebook or Twitter for daily inspiration and occasional news. You can also sign up for the Forward Movement email newsletter, and you'll get one or two emails per month with new products, sales, and other nifty stuff.
Last, but not least, you could make a donation to support the work of Forward Movement, which is a self-sustaining ministry of the Episcopal Church. Your gift will help fund new products to reach new audiences, such as free online resources, smartphone apps, and publications that are not "commercially" viable. Donations also support free material given to prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, and military bases. Every year, Forward Movement gives away well over 100,000 pieces of printed material to those in need. So if Lent Madness has made you grateful, a gift to Forward Movement is one great way to share your gratitude.