The Deception of the Deep-Web

Is The Deep Web the Newest Trend and Should I Care? If you are an active participant in the world wide web, you are participating in approximately 1% of the internet.  This includes Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, Amazon, ebay, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, etc. For most people, our daily searching, emails, shopping and internet habits are found on the very surface ...

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#Social: The Social Community

The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support 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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SPARK Youth Ministry Conference January 8-15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas

I am very excited to announce that the Youthworker Movement team in partnership with Southwestern College, The Institute for Discipleship, Be A Disciple, The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence, Youthworker Circuit, CircuitWriter Media LLC, MethoBlog, Duke Divinity School, Kessler Park UMC, and The Foundation For Ministry Excellence; is launching a brand new affordable Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas which ...

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5 quick tips for going on vacation


  It does happen from time to time. We all know the double work that occurs before you take time off, especially if you’re trying to string together a few days away. It usually results in a soul-crushing couple of days beforehand of trying to remember who needs to know what followed by a laundry-til-midnight packing session. Don’t do that ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 10

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

This week ends our summer series on Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork.  Our hope is that you can use all 13 principles as you shape ministry over the next school year.  In prior weeks we have focused on the first twelve principles: Youthwork is – Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential, Youth-led, Utilizes Open-ended Discussion ...

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7 Slow Ways To Listen Well

7 Ways to Listen Well

With all the recent talk in the United Methodist Church about splits and schism I am reminded why a primary skill in Youth Ministry is the well-honed ability to truly listen to what other people are saying.  Youth ministers get this better than anybody in the church.  We listen to parents, youth, volunteers, staff, community leaders, coaches, teachers, spouses, and ...

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the word of the Lord to car-shopping teens

I was deep in reviewing my confirmation lesson plans when I got a text from one of my high school seniors: “I need to talk to you, can I come to your office?” Uh oh. You never know what this could be about. I knew it wasn’t about a break up because this student was currently not seeing anyone. My ...

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