Administration

3 Tips for Clergy Transitions in Youth Ministry

Being part of the United Methodist Church there is one thing we can count on. Change… The big change marker to our church identity is the itinerant system where we move our pastors around from parish church to parish. The big plus is always that our churches identities are based on the make up of the congregation, not the personality ...

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3 Things to Plug Into for Your Youth Ministry!! YouthWorkerCircuit

We are excited to share that we have partnered alongside some of our team members who have created YouthWorker Circuit! The YouthWorker Circuit is a membership based site that will provide ongoing high quality weekly curriculum weekly strategy emails, live call ins to discuss the current curriculum series and other youthworker needs They are also throwing in a bunch of ...

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What Event?

In our conference call this Monday morning (you were asleep; we didn’t want to bother you) we were hashing through some of the unique challenges in planning ministry and mission and arrived at a great truism: the one constant in youth ministry is that everything is always changing. The way we used to do it doesn’t work anymore and often ...

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Is it still a Sabbath Sunday?

Sundays in a large church with an average worship attendance of about 1100-1400 people begins at approximately 7:30 AM.  The preaching pastor prepares for the first service and spends some quiet time in reflection with God.  A group comes in and prays for him/her and then begins the marathon of three worship services; 8:30 – 9:45 – 11:00.  Following the ...

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Brand YOUth Ministry

Last month I did a session at Perkins School of Youth Ministry on “branding” ones youth ministry (the image above is my whiteboard, minus that “revitalize church” not sure what that’s from). Brand, is a very ambiguous term. In many ways its best to understand what some brands are. Mac/Apple, has the bitten apple logo. McDonald’s has the big yellow ...

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How Do You Define “Effectiveness” In Your Ministry?

The new buzzword in The United Methodist Church is "effectiveness." This is as true for Youth ministry as it is for the rest of the Church. We apparently live close enough to Business Schools that we want tools and formulas by which such effectiveness can be measured (or perhaps we have just all Good to Great)...

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Mission Trip Planning – It’s Time!

So it’s almost November and you are beginning to settle in to the rhythm of Fall. You have your Fall programs started and planned out (hopefully through the end of the year!). And it’s too early to worry about Summer yet, right? Wrong!

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