Author Archives: YouthWorker Movement

Variation on a Theme: Kickball & Dodgeball

Variation on a Theme: Kickball & Dodgeball

Not kickball and dodgeball together. Though I like the way you think. Thought we’d pass along a variation of each of these youth min staples this week: 1. Short Field Kickball The rules for short-field eliminate two annoying things – a) the big kids being able to boom it over everyone’s head and b) being the person that has to ...

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3 Scavenger Hunt Ideas You can Use This Sunday

There’s nothing quite as fun as an old-fashioned scavenger hunt.  Ok, there’s a lot of things that fun, but it is a great way to have a good time and build relationships.  Here’s a couple of our favorites: 1. Bible Scavenger Hunt – This scavenger hunt uses Bible verses as clues.  Since these references are going to be more broad, ...

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Calling All Quitters

Quit Youth Ministry

This is more of a call-out than an article. Last week I announced at my church that as of the end of 2014 I would be resigning my position as director of youth ministries. I’ve never been sure why that’s plural. It’s actually a dual resignation; my spouse Britta is the director of our church’s children’s ministry. It may also ...

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“Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry” interview

Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth MInistry

What you believe is central to determining how you do ministry.  That sounds obvious, but most of our belief/theology talk centers around what and how we teach.  The reality is that what we believe has very practical claims on our day to day decisions in ministry as well as our big structural designs of our programs.  That idea is the ...

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5 quick tips for going on vacation

Greece

  It does happen from time to time. We all know the double work that occurs before you take time off, especially if you’re trying to string together a few days away. It usually results in a soul-crushing couple of days beforehand of trying to remember who needs to know what followed by a laundry-til-midnight packing session. Don’t do that ...

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3 “Aha!” Moments I Didn’t Expect to Teach at Perkins School of Youth Ministry

  Ever had an aha moment?  An “aha moment” is defined as “a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension,” according to Merriam-Webster.  I remember exactly where I was driving in my car when I had that crazy aha moment and realized as a young sales professional that not every adult wants to spend their free time volunteering ...

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Write for the Youthworker Movement

  Make all of your dreams come true! Or one of them, provided that dinner didn’t sit well and you were tossing and turning all night wishing you could mouth off about your opinions about Wesleyan youth ministry. That dream, my friend, is right around the corner. We are deeply interested in developing Wesleyan voices in youth ministry content. If ...

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6 Easy Prep Youth Ministry Games for the 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII

  TV screens are ready to go…check. The pizza has been ordered…check. The boys know to bring soda, chips and dips, the girls know to bring desserts, cups and paper plates…check. Now let’s plan the entertainment for the big youth group party this weekend.  Here are six tried-and-true games to have on hand this Sunday night so you can keep ...

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Youthworker’s Gathering in Wichita

Wanted to drop some knowledge on your about an upcoming youthworker gathering in the Wichita area (the speaker this year sounds vaguely familiar): Join us and learn about youth ministry for a mobile generation You’re mobile, they’re mobile. It’s hard to get everyone in the same place. Even families are on the move.  What does this mean for your youth ...

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selling youth ministry & making quota

I was in class last week from Saturday through Thursday, out of town. Because I’m a seasoned traveler, I charged my shaver. Upon arrival at the hotel I discovered that its usefulness had expired. Clickety-click. No lights. No brrrrrrrrzzzzzzz. Crap. Because I am only nominally an adult, I have never learned the art of shaving with a blade. I don’t ...

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