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4 Lessons Learned at Progressive Youth Ministry Conference 2014

Progressive Youth Ministry

Last week I had an opportunity to experience something different.  The Progressive Youth Ministry Conference was a youth worker conference that, on the surface, seemed very hipster.  In emails sent out before the event, it was made clear that there was no conference hotel, everything was taking place at a host church, there would be no free stuff (bags, tshirts, ...

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Pitchin’ a Fitch

 “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are ...

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New Game Idea: Paparazzi!

Paparazzi Supplies Needed: Cameras for each person (cellphone cameras, for example) Guidelines: Stars can’t cover face, face the wall, and must be standing and moving at all times. You may use team members as barriers, but no one can touch anyone else (even teammates). No exchanging cameras. How to Play: Divide your group into two teams. Each team designates 3 ...

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Youth Praise Band: Working with What You’ve Got

I received some positive feedback from my previous post about the songs we sing and music we use in youth worship times, so this post will continue in that vein. Today I’m thinking back on when I first started leading music for a youth ministry.  I was a high school student learning the guitar and how to sing and play at ...

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Finding a Job That Fits Your Family

Thank you to special guests Jake and Melissa Kircher for contributing this article. How to make family a priority when interviewing for a ministry position. Interviewing for a ministry position is much different than interviewing for a “secular” job. Churches dig deep into your personal life and it can often feel invasive and unnecessary. After going through these types of ...

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The Songs We Sing

          I am a musician, and lead music as a part of my role as a youth worker.  I find that I spend a lot of time thinking about the role music plays in my youth ministry.  What music should we sing on Sunday morning, or at retreats and camps?  What should be playing in the background ...

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GC2012: The Young People’s Personal Point of Privilege

  General Conference 2012 has ended and is in the history books…what happens next should be interesting.  Yoshiro Nakajima, a youth worker from the California/Nevada Conference, was there as a delegate and shares the Young People’s Personal Point of Privilege he helped draft.  This address was  read by Stephanie Gottschalk, clergy (31).  She couldn’t quite get to the end of ...

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Lessons Young People Learned at GC12

Yoshiro Nakajima, a youth worker from the Cal/Nevada Conference, was one of a handful of professional youth workers to attend General Conference 2012.  (By the way, where are the youth workers at General Conference?  Our guess is that you are busy planning you summer mission trips and busy doing the stuff of youth ministry when your Annual Conference selects GC ...

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Moneyball and the Church – New BFFs?

In my last post I wrote about what I think is a critical flaw in the approach that Vital Congregations used in gathering a list of potential metrics – namely that the metrics to consider must be available, in other words, already being collected. I don’t know that I made a strong enough case in that article for why metrics, ...

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Are Vital Congregations Metrics DOA with One Word?

I was reading through the Call to Action, or maybe some other code word for a report that was on the vitalcongregations website a few months back, and something struck me as I read about the drivers and metrics and so on. The Bureaucracy Virus First, I think it is great that the UMC is at least making an attempt ...

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