Author Archives: Becca Griffin

Think Globally, Act Locally: Exploring Missions with SIFAT Learn & Serve

It’s well known that youth often return from short-term mission trips with changed hearts and perspectives on the world.  And the effect isn’t only on youth: interacting with people in different cultures and societies can help anyone open their eyes to the beauty—and needs—of the people of the world. But what happens when your youth group isn’t able to travel ...

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3 Websites That are Helping Me Feel Human in Youth Ministry

Websites That Help In Youth Ministry

3 websites that are helping me feel human in youth ministry #1: theworkofthepeople.com.  Their videos are beautiful and, though they are not necessarily intended for youth ministry, the subject matter is inspiring, intelligent, and worth sharing.  They interview people like NT Wright, Shane Claiborne, Barbara Brown Taylor, Peter Rollins, Brian McLaren, and more. They have stills, loops, and prayers for liturgy. ...

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What You Believe Doesn’t Matter

What You Believe Doesn't Matter

What you say you believe doesn’t really matter does it? At least not in words… How you live is way more interesting, revealing, and truth-telling.  Why, then, do we say things to students/youth like, “You have to decide what you believe for yourself.  That is the most important thing.”  Shouldn’t we encourage them to practice their faith instead of practicing ...

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What Sarah Silverman was teaching me, is teaching me and will be teaching me about “ministry”/being a Christian

What Sarah Silverman Taught Me About Ministry

by Becca Griffin, evangelic admirer of Sarah Silverman. What Sarah Silverman was teaching me about ministry: I discovered Sarah Silverman/watched Jesus is Magic for the first time a year before I left the church that I was working in.  I couldn’t get over the fact that, she, this brilliant comedian whom I grew to love made so much fun of ...

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Quit Youth Ministry

Quit Youth Ministry

Quit youth ministry until you find out who you are/something that you love.  If your favorite thing is youth ministry and it’s all you can talk about, either quit your day job and find a new one for a while or, if you’re a really strong person, keep your day job and go to counseling (or watch Silver Linings Playbook ...

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More Ovaries Please!

More Women in Youth Ministry

I’m not trying to be offensive, but it’s true!  It’s a big deal to have a woman there for girls in youth ministry and there aren’t many of them.  So many times at youth minister conferences/youth minister get-togethers/meetings, I am the only woman.  Maybe it’s because for a long time women haven’t been given real leadership in the church as ...

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