Author Archives: Mak Young

the word of the Lord to car-shopping teens

I was deep in reviewing my confirmation lesson plans when I got a text from one of my high school seniors: “I need to talk to you, can I come to your office?” Uh oh. You never know what this could be about. I knew it wasn’t about a break up because this student was currently not seeing anyone. My ...

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One year down: a UM youth ministry certification journey

Have you ever wished a student could attend a certain camp, retreat, or mission trip because you know that their life would change drastically if they would just GO! But they give you countless excuses of why they can’t go because of scheduling conflicts or priority challenges. Sometimes it feels like they must enjoy sitting in their misery and confusion ...

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5 Creative Ways for Students to Share Love on Valentines Day

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

Teenagers LOVE Valentines day. They love to give valentines and they love to receive valentines. But for some students, being single on Valentine’s day can be an embarrassing and traumatic experience. The single students can feel left out when it comes to their peers’ social media postings of massive teddy bears and carnations. Some begin to think that they are ...

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Jesus in skinny jeans

My father’s generation used the word evangelism. Today, that might seem like an archaic term since it would appear it has been replaced with the word marketing. To be clear, marketing is not all bad and evangelism is not all good. Yes, you do need to have some level of marketing to be seen, but to what degree? We’ve all ...

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