Administration

Why General Conference Matters (or should) to UMC Youthworkers

When I was in the local church, I didn’t pay much attention to General Conference – the every-four-year-mostly-legislative-meeting of United Methodist delegates to decide what would be in the next Book of Discipline. I taught about General Conference in confirmation, I read the headlines that would invariably show up in the press about the more controversial issues addressed by the ...

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Your Passion is Not My Passion! 3 Strategies to Protect Yourself

The youth gathering is wrapping up, you are standing back and gazing over a crowd of teenagers bouncing around and talking to each other. Parents start to show up to collect their offspring and give obligatory greetings to you as they see you there. Then shows up Bob. Bob has two children in the youth program, one older daughter in ...

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YouTheology – 2012 – Sustainable Youth Ministry

  YOUTH WORKERS’ GATHERING 2012 – SUSTAINABLE YOUTH MINISTRY Join us on from 4.00 pm on Friday, March 30th to 3.00 pm on Saturday, March 31st as together, we discover how to build a culture in our congregations that fosters vibrant, long-lasting youth ministry and leadership as well as meet and network with other like-minded people and be sustained. Early bird fee: $50 ...

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Youth Disciple Online Facilitator Training

Starting in August 2012 Disciple Bible Study for Youth will be available on-line for Youthworkers to use with a group of High School Youth in their Church, District, Conference, Region, Community as well as there being groups that any individual Youth from anywhere in the world can sign up for. We need facilitators for every group!  This is your chance ...

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7 Things To Do Right Now for Your Mission Trip Next Summer

It’s January and you are probably congratulating yourself on making it through the Advent season in one piece and for getting the second semester youth programs started.  (Don’t sell yourself short – pat yourself on the back for accomplishing all that!)  Now it’s time to sit back and relax, right? Well, yes you should take some time to renew and ...

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6 Steps to Avoid Youth Ministry Burnout

Thank you to our special guest contributors, Jake and Melissa Kircher from We Love Our Youth Worker for this article.  People who work in youth ministry often struggle with the concept of rest. There’s always kids to Facebook or text, phones buzzing, paperwork to do, trips to plan, parents to calm, meetings to attend, and people to see. These things ...

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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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Why I Hate Budgets!

Well, it seems every year about this time there is a lot of work done to prepare budgets for the next calendar year.  Usually there is pressure because the Church is already behind in pledges for the current year and the finance committee seems to forget that Advent tends to bring the balance sheet out of the red and back ...

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CYMX Partners with the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship

Bishop and Julia Wilke have spent a life-time encouraging and supporting persons doing ministry. The Institute in their name is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that nurture and enrich Christian leaders-lay and clergy-for effective living and ministry. Later this week, Charles Harrison, the CEO of the Center for Youth Ministry Excellence will be introduced to the Southwestern College Board of ...

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