Ministry

5 Ways Science Affects Youth Ministry

It’s the age old argument.  Science vs. Faith. Like most things in life, Star Wars might offer some insight. In A New Hope, even Obi-Wan has trouble convincing Han Solo of the realities of the Force, a mysterious energy that is said to ‘bind all things together’.  Han-Solo inadvertently articulates a scientific worldview by saying, “Kid, I’ve flown from one ...

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7 Things To Do Right Now for Your Mission Trip Next Summer

It’s January and you are probably congratulating yourself on making it through the Advent season in one piece and for getting the second semester youth programs started.  (Don’t sell yourself short – pat yourself on the back for accomplishing all that!)  Now it’s time to sit back and relax, right? Well, yes you should take some time to renew and ...

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We just threw away your Wild Goose Festival discount.

On purpose. Here’s the thing. There are times in life where you need to support a thing beyond what you get from it. We kinda feel like the Youthworker Movement is one of those things. The Wild Goose Festival is definitely one of those things. The kind of thing that you should find a way to support even if you ...

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Numbers Matter

Numbers matter. They matter to your doctor when it involves your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight. They matter to your spouse when it comes to thermostat setting and it’s 25 degrees outside. They matter to you when you need to know whether you have enough money in the checking account as you write your monthly mortgage check. Yes numbers matter. ...

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Safety in Numbers – How God Calls in Unexpected Ways

Herd Instinct in Youth Ministry

One universal truth of teen life is that NOTHING is done alone. Getting ready for a particular event, the one question I’m always asked; “Who else is gonna be there?” Teenagers identify themselves through their peers. A classic example of this is the pod of students from my church that identify themselves as the “loner group.”  Hmm… anyone see the contradiction here? ...

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On Spiritual Generativity

What does “Spiritual Generativity” mean?  In the simplest terms, it’s the passing on of our faith tradition from one generation to the next.  If youth are always separated from the rest of the life of the church – how will they learn what it means to be the church as adults?  How do we in youth ministry make the connections ...

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Teaching to (the Christian) Test

“Students these days just want the answers to the questions and they want us to give it to them.” Ask most educators and they’ll say the biggest struggle in education today is what they call “teaching to the test”.  In our current educational system with its performance-based funding, teachers are under an increasing amount of pressure to raise standardized test ...

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Get a Degree in Youth Ministry from Duke University

Are you aware that Duke Divinity School is offering a new Master of Arts in Christian Practice degree for those who are looking to experience a rich theological education while continuing to serve the church in their present youth ministry position?   Are you interested in learning from experts in the field of Youth Ministry like Dr. Fred Edie and ...

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The Language of Faith

Sociologist of Youth Ministry – Melinda Denton Last month I asked one of the lead researchers from the National Study on Youth and Religion if theology mattered when it came to differentiating between ‘highly-religious’ teens and ‘not-as-religious’ teens.  Melinda Lundquist Denton’s response was: “Theological particularity is somewhat lost at least on this generation (we don’t have data on the adults.)  But, the ...

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6 Steps to Avoid Youth Ministry Burnout

Thank you to our special guest contributors, Jake and Melissa Kircher from We Love Our Youth Worker for this article.  People who work in youth ministry often struggle with the concept of rest. There’s always kids to Facebook or text, phones buzzing, paperwork to do, trips to plan, parents to calm, meetings to attend, and people to see. These things ...

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