Author Archives: Erin Sloan Jackson

The Need for Art in Youth Ministry: Art as Mission

This is the third of three articles regarding the need for art in youth ministry. In previous articles, we explored how to create a prayerful art workshop and how to introduce Bible journaling. This post addresses how to use art as a form of mission. Our culture is all too often rushed and consumeristic, and as a church, we have ...

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Being Broken Pottery

Psalm 31:9-16 New International Version (NIV) 9 Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. 10 My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. 11 Because of all my enemies, I ...

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Who Is In Your Dust?

“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;     I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 I recently rewatched the Rob Bell Nooma series video 008 called “Dust.” In the video, Rob describes an important part of discipleship in the cultural context of Jesus and the disciples. In that time period, Jesus was ...

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Lenten Devo: What’s in a Name?

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 105:1-3 “1 O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,     make known his deeds among the peoples. 2 Sing to him, sing praises to him;     tell of all his wonderful works. 3 Glory in his holy name;     let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.” There is something significant in knowing someone’s name. There are over a thousand references ...

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Pressing On Toward the Goal & Taking Scripture Out of Context

From Philippians 3:2-12 (NRSV): 2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those who mutilate the flesh! 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and boast in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh— 4 even though I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else has reason ...

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3 Youth Ministry Lessons Learned from the Sidelines

In sports, the sidelines are the lines that mark the limits of the playing field or court.  Players and referees are actively engaged within the playing field.  As an athlete in the game, you may get caught up in the action around you.  Outside of the sidelines you’ll find inactive players, spectators and coaches.  From the sidelines, you have a ...

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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Becoming Ordained for Youth Ministry

Are Methodists Lazy?

I am often asked why I would want to go to seminary or be ordained when I could do youth ministry without going through all that.   What a fair question.  If we’re honest, youth ministry is often treated like the “training wheels ministry” that people do during seminary on their way to become “real” pastors.  So why would someone ...

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Sabbath – You’re Probably Doing it Wrong

Sabbath - You're Probably Doing it Wrong

If you are like most youth workers I’ve talked to lately, you are probably not really observing Sabbath and if you are, chances are that you’re doing Sabbath all wrong anyway.  I’ve asked several youthworker colleagues lately what they do to observe Sabbath. After the blank stares and questioning looks, here are the typical answers I’ve heard: “I look at ...

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