Leadership

teaching a mystery

I’m obsessed at the moment with how we’re passing down our faith. And dissatisfied. I’m not of the opinion that we should kick all of our traditions and beliefs and means of confirmation and discipleship to the curb. But I think we need to be willing to admit to ourselves and even the kids that for all of our definition ...

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Defeat in youth ministry

According to Merriam-Webster, there are a couple of different definitions for the word defeat: to win a victory over (someone or something) in a war, contest, game, etc. to cause (someone or something) to fail This dual definition was helpful for me as I wrestled with my greatest defeat in youth ministry. I spent sixteen years in the same local ...

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One year down: a UM youth ministry certification journey

Have you ever wished a student could attend a certain camp, retreat, or mission trip because you know that their life would change drastically if they would just GO! But they give you countless excuses of why they can’t go because of scheduling conflicts or priority challenges. Sometimes it feels like they must enjoy sitting in their misery and confusion ...

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From nuclear terrorist to youth minister

  Youth ministry: it’s not rocket science. But every now and then it is nuclear physics. A couple of weeks ago we put out an all-call for new voices to write for us. Not every week, but we see a lot of value in our members getting to hear from within, so to speak. We’ve had a pretty great response ...

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What I Learned at Perkins School of Youth Ministry 2014

What I Learned In Certification My First Year

It is that time of year again.  The time where I assess what I got out of my favorite training event for youthworkers.  PSYM has been around for 26 years.  One of the founders, my friend Rev. Walt Marcum still teaches.  I wasn’t there at the start but I got there as soon as I could.  So after 23 years, ...

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Write for the Youthworker Movement

  Make all of your dreams come true! Or one of them, provided that dinner didn’t sit well and you were tossing and turning all night wishing you could mouth off about your opinions about Wesleyan youth ministry. That dream, my friend, is right around the corner. We are deeply interested in developing Wesleyan voices in youth ministry content. If ...

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Youthworker’s Gathering in Wichita

Wanted to drop some knowledge on your about an upcoming youthworker gathering in the Wichita area (the speaker this year sounds vaguely familiar): Join us and learn about youth ministry for a mobile generation You’re mobile, they’re mobile. It’s hard to get everyone in the same place. Even families are on the move.  What does this mean for your youth ...

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Think Globally, Act Locally: Exploring Missions with SIFAT Learn & Serve

It’s well known that youth often return from short-term mission trips with changed hearts and perspectives on the world.  And the effect isn’t only on youth: interacting with people in different cultures and societies can help anyone open their eyes to the beauty—and needs—of the people of the world. But what happens when your youth group isn’t able to travel ...

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What I Learned at the National Youth Workers Convention

It was a great honor to be a part of The Youthworker Movement’s Seminars at NYWC in Nashville.  I appreciate the partnership with the good folks at Youth Specialties especially my friend Mark Matlock but most importantly Mindi Godfrey who made it possible to live out the vision of allowing us time and space to meet with our general membership.  ...

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