Ministry

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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The Limits of God’s Grace

In 2006, the sadly now defunct magazine The Journal of Student Ministries published an article called, “The Limits of God’s Grace: What if We Weren’t Afraid of Hell?” written by Bart Campolo, son of Tony and Peggy Campolo, and a noted speaker and author in his own right. After the article was published, several things then happened: Christianity Today called ...

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A Practical Look – Being Practically Preventible

  Grace. It’s a core part of who we are as United Methodists and personally as followers of Jesus Christ. As we begin to look at what it means to teach about Prevenient Grace in our youth ministries let’s look at what it says in our Book of Discipline. Prevenient Grace – We acknowledge God’s prevenient grace, the divine love that ...

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“Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry” interview

Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth MInistry

What you believe is central to determining how you do ministry.  That sounds obvious, but most of our belief/theology talk centers around what and how we teach.  The reality is that what we believe has very practical claims on our day to day decisions in ministry as well as our big structural designs of our programs.  That idea is the ...

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5 quick tips for going on vacation

Greece

  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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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 9

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first eleven principles: Youthwork is – Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential, Youth-led and Utilizes Open-ended Discussion. This week we move onto number twelve: Principle #12 – Youthwork Develops Youth As Christian Leaders. Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world. The church must recruit ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 8

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

  In prior weeks we have focused on the first ten principles: Youthwork is – Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential and Youth-led. This week we move onto number eleven: Principle #11 – Youthwork utilizes open-ended discussion. I am personally a big fan of Socrates. Maybe a better way to say it is that I think ...

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