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youth and the ash wednesday tradition

As often as I hold up the church year and the seasons it includes, eventually I face the “What do you mean ‘we’re right in the middle of ____’ on the church calendar?” In Lent, it usually happens at the beginning. “What is Ash Wednesday?” Or more to the point, “Why do we put ashes on our foreheads?” I live ...

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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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selling youth ministry & making quota

I was in class last week from Saturday through Thursday, out of town. Because I’m a seasoned traveler, I charged my shaver. Upon arrival at the hotel I discovered that its usefulness had expired. Clickety-click. No lights. No brrrrrrrrzzzzzzz. Crap. Because I am only nominally an adult, I have never learned the art of shaving with a blade. I don’t ...

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More Ovaries Please!

More Women in Youth Ministry

I’m not trying to be offensive, but it’s true!  It’s a big deal to have a woman there for girls in youth ministry and there aren’t many of them.  So many times at youth minister conferences/youth minister get-togethers/meetings, I am the only woman.  Maybe it’s because for a long time women haven’t been given real leadership in the church as ...

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