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#Social Creed

The United Methodist Movement has a reputation for its concern for the people and as a church we have been active on social issues for many years. The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church are crafted to express how we engage in social issues. They are exceedingly important for any United Methodist to know. Today, let’s begin our journey ...

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#Social: a new Social Principles series

The Social Principles are an important part of the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline. Our heritage has always been a faith community that is greatly concerned about social action and ability and opportunity of all people to be welcome in the Kingdom of God. The Social Principles are in the Book of Discipline but, unlike the rest of the ...

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finding connection in disconnecting

As a new school year begins, stop and think for a moment about how much mobile phones impact what happens in your youth ministry activities. When your kids gather before or during events, are 100% of them interacting with each other or an adult leader? On a van ride to a mission trip destination, are there periods of silence when ...

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5 Must-Use Apps for Youth Ministry

written by Audrua Malvaez I have had a cell phone since 2002, when I spent three weeks on the 8th grade cheer team and my parents deemed it a necessary evil. I was so proud of my Nokia brick-of-a-phone that played Snake, had T9 capabilities, and, of course, was For Emergencies Only. Now, my sleek iPhone 6 has over 47 ...

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The Limits of God’s Grace

In 2006, the sadly now defunct magazine The Journal of Student Ministries published an article called, “The Limits of God’s Grace: What if We Weren’t Afraid of Hell?” written by Bart Campolo, son of Tony and Peggy Campolo, and a noted speaker and author in his own right. After the article was published, several things then happened: Christianity Today called ...

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Just One Part

  Youth Ministry is fun, crazy, wild, loud, quiet, reflective, and exhausting. Sometimes it can be all these things in one night, depending on the youth ministry. Just like any other ministry in the church it can drain you down very quickly if you don’t very carefully set some boundaries and invest in some self care. Let’s talk about why ...

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Prayer Stations for your Ministry

No matter where you find yourself in ministry it is always good to have great resources at your disposal. I have been in ministry with youth for many years now and one of the musts that I believe you always need to have in your back pocket is a list of variations on prayer stations. Today I wanted to share with ...

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a youth ministry certification journey

*Updated March 18, 2015 by author by Bradley Alexander I recently went to Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas to begin a journey towards being certified in youth ministry in the United Methodist Church. In the weeks leading up to classes I began to feel very anxious and unworthy of this calling. This feeling has some history in ...

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Variation on a Theme: Kickball & Dodgeball

Variation on a Theme: Kickball & Dodgeball

Not kickball and dodgeball together. Though I like the way you think. Thought we’d pass along a variation of each of these youth min staples this week: 1. Short Field Kickball The rules for short-field eliminate two annoying things – a) the big kids being able to boom it over everyone’s head and b) being the person that has to ...

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