Author Archives: Gavin Richardson

Where Is Your Pen?

Writing Letters as a Critical Practice to Youth Ministry

A number of years ago I began a practice during Lent to write 5 letters a day. Yes, writing letters.. Sounds crazy doesn’t it. If you want to put some stock into the youth ministry that you oversee then I’d suggest you dust off one of those pens (you know, the freebie ones that you got at the last youth ...

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Scenes of a National Youth Workers Convention

Both Eric McFarland & I had the opportunity to do some photography for the Youth Specialties / YouthWorks folks at the National Youth Workers Convention in Atlanta two weeks ago. Here’s some of what you experienced or missed depending on your attendance. Gavin Richardson is Digital Community Builder for YouthWorker Movement and the Short One at YouthWorker Circuit. He has been ...

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“how are the children?”

In African cultures a common greeting between people from a tribe not their own would be “How are the children?” The idea behind that gesture is that if the children are doing well then the village/tribe is reflective of that wellness. We do similar as you meet an old friend or extended family member they, or you, will often say ...

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Warning: Don’t forget to do these 5 things when planning Youth Worship

This article was originally published October 20, 2011. Recently we had our Youth Sunday service at our church. It was great, it really was, but it wasn’t without it’s headaches, stressors, and a few surprises along the way. Upcoming the last weekend of November is the ‘Student Sunday’ within the United Methodist Church calendar, which I believe is more geared ...

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What Youth Ministry can Learn from Steve Jobs

This post was originally published on October 11, 2011. Last week there was a huge outpouring of emotion & sentimentality in the wake of the passing of Steve Jobs, former CEO and founder of Apple, Inc. Much has been written over the impact of Steve Jobs from his reshaping of culture, ability to grow a company amidst huge recessions, how ...

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7 Youth Ministry Numbers You Really Should Know

This article was originally published October 4, 2011. One of my favorite pastors had always noted, we need to be ministering to who we are accountable for, and that isn’t always who is on our rolls. Rolls are a terrible statistical number.   In the business world a good “ROI” or return on investment in a project is considered pretty ...

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How Not to Burn Down the Church & Other Failures

We went from a quiet prayer-filled reflective room to one with giggles & a thick cloud of smoke. Ah, the joys of youth ministry. For over a decade I’ve been putting together some really cool prayer station worship experiences for teenagers, youth workers, and regular lay adults of all ages. I was apparently pretty good at this – so good ...

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Who is Pouring In to You?

Who is pouring into you… I am in fellowship each month with a group of local Youth Pastors. The group’s goal is to support, encourage, and share life together. I cannot describe how uplifting it is to be together with the community! When we gathered this month, we spent the time sharing stories of how we witnessed God working this summer. One by ...

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