Administration

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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Thinking About The Call to Action

Dr. Ed Trimmer Executive Director of the Cal Turner, Jr. Center for Church Leadership at Martin Methodist College There is a NEW report entitled Call To Action that you may be hearing about if you have not heard about it already.  The Report based on research which was approved by the Bishops may attempt to guide “our” church for the ...

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Press Release: The Center For Youth Ministry Excellence Partners With The Richard And Julia Wilke Institute For Discipleship

        The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence is moving the National Office from McKendree UMC at 523 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee to Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas to partner with the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship (IFD).  CYMX will continue to have support offices in Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas, and Shreveport. On October 7th, 2011 Charles ...

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Captured by a Compelling Narrative Conference – Discount for YWM Members

On October 27-28, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is hosting the “Captured by a Compelling Narrative: A Christian Story for a New Generation” conference.  This two day event will feature speakers and panelists Diana Butler-Bass, Walter Fluker, Melinda Denton, Mike Slaughter and others.  Please check out the website for more information and to register. YouthWorker Movement members can attend this conference including ...

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Generational Shift Can Lead to Missional Drift

Recently, I’ve heard a few things said about “what needs to be done in Youth Ministry” that cause me to say “Oh really?” in my best sincere and slightly sarcastic tone.  In case you didn’t know, sarcasm is definitely a fatal flaw in Youthwork so it should be used sparingly unless you are a Jedi level Sarcastinator. Statement #1- “We ...

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Owning Up to Your Mistakes

I Blew It. (sky-punch.) Owning your mistakes is a hard, hard business. Depending upon your ministry context, your large and small failures probably have a variation of immediate impact, eventual consequences, or, most mysteriously, the occasional ability to dissolve and vanish completely. “We never did find that 9th grader at Six Flags, but oddly enough no one ever brought it ...

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3 Simple Ways NOT to Start Youth Group this Fall

Having done a dumb thing or three in Youth Ministry over the years has led me to consider 3 Simple Ways NOT to start Youth Group in the fall.  Maybe you’ve been there, maybe you just did this, or maybe you are about to do this and I can save you a future confessional moment. #1 “Don’t tell anybody what ...

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The Wannas vs. The Havetas

This article was originally published September 12, 2011. I had a conversation recently with a middle school principal. He was talking about the difficulty of the transition from elementary school for the students as well as the parents. For the students, the challenge is the switch from an almost embryonic environment where they’re surrounded all day (for the most part) ...

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7 Choices You Can Make To Keep From Losing Yourself in Youth Ministry

I had a reality check six months ago while sitting in a volunteer training seminar. Our instructor suggested that youth ministry volunteers focus on their hobbies and figure out creative ways to get the youth to participate too (a youth flyfishing expedition? Why not?) He had us start with a list of our hobbies… and I realized that I didn’t ...

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When He had hair He was Working on This!!

I’ve known Hank Hilliard since 1995 when I was doing short term missions work and he brought his youth group to our camp. Back then we were both much younger and we both had a full head of hair. Well, I still do have a full head of hair, can’t say the same for Hank. But since then Hank has ...

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