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The End of Youth Ministry

The End of Youth Ministry

OK I know that sounds a little dramatic.  Let me start Micro and move towards Meta.  I also really want your input, so this is a conversation starter.  Here it goes: Well for about two weeks now I have become the acting Children’s Ministry Director at the Church where I am doing Interim Youth Ministry. They are doing some budget ...

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GC2012: The Young People’s Personal Point of Privilege

  General Conference 2012 has ended and is in the history books…what happens next should be interesting.  Yoshiro Nakajima, a youth worker from the California/Nevada Conference, was there as a delegate and shares the Young People’s Personal Point of Privilege he helped draft.  This address was  read by Stephanie Gottschalk, clergy (31).  She couldn’t quite get to the end of ...

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Lessons Young People Learned at GC12

Yoshiro Nakajima, a youth worker from the Cal/Nevada Conference, was one of a handful of professional youth workers to attend General Conference 2012.  (By the way, where are the youth workers at General Conference?  Our guess is that you are busy planning you summer mission trips and busy doing the stuff of youth ministry when your Annual Conference selects GC ...

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God Always Happens

You probably long for a day when everything falls perfectly into place. No hassles. No fires to put out. No problems with people acting out. No drama. You just go through your day with positive thing after positive thing happening all day long. But guess what? That’s just not going to happen. In fact, it’s never going to happen. Because ...

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You Don’t get the General Conference Varsity Letters Just Yet

Mark Miller stands with friends in prayer at General Conference. Photo by United Methodist News Service I don’t know if you have been watching General Conference at all. I have been watching whenever possible. So addicted this is to my church nerd DNA that I have watched the live stream while giving a bath to my two year old. It ...

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An Open Letter To The National Broadcasting Company

Dear NBC, I would respectfully submit that you have not yet realized the world has changed both culturally and technologically.  I concede that you seem to be using all of the new technologies available to you.  Let me compliment you on your easy navigation web-site and your Facebook fan pages and of course your deft ability on Twitter. The source ...

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General Conference Cheat Sheet {UPDATED}

For those of my United Methodist tribe, we have in one week this monster of gathering we call General Conference. It comes around every four years and becomes the vocal & legislative body for the United Methodist Church. General Conference may not have a direct impact on you and your youth ministry at the local level of practice. But General ...

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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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It’s Really Just Beginning

It’s over. It’s done. Life is back to normal. Except for one little fact – it’s not. That’s because it’s really just beginning. What God has done in Easter is not just an act tethered in history or a day of the year denoted on a calendar. It’s reality. In fact, it’s the most real reality of all. It defines ...

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