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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 6

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first seven principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic and Holistic. This week we move onto two more that go hand-in-hand: Principle # 8 – Youthwork is Bible Based You might be surprised at how often I heard critical negative feedback when I mention the Bible in Youthwork. I truly ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 7

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first nine principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential. This week we move onto number ten: Principle #10 – Youthwork is Youth-led Youthwork is ALWAYS best when it is Youth-led! What does Youth-led Youth Ministry look like? Let’s start with what keeps Youth Ministry from being Sustainable ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 5

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first six principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional and Evangelistic. This week we move onto: Principle #7 – Youthwork is Holistic! The goal of ministry with Youth is not to separate a young person’s faith journey from their life. As a matter of fact, giving theological language to the life ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 4

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first five principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling and Missional.  This week we move onto: Principle # 6 – Youthwork is Evangelistic! Many people find the idea of practicing Evangelism troubling. Images of big hair, crying, desperate pleas, Bible-thumping, confrontation, money, hell fire and damnation, or thousands of people in a ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 3

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

  Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here This week we will explore two very interrelated  principles of sustainable youthwork: Youthwork is Discipling and Youthwork is Missional. Principle # 4 – Youthwork is Discipling Youthwork is 1) Family Based, 2) Congregational, 3) Relational and 4) Youthwork is Discipling!  Youthwork is never about keeping Young People busy or giving Parents a ...

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Building A Philosophy of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 1

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

I want to share with you part of my work over the last several years with graduate students in Youth Ministry that are part of the Perkins School of Theology’s Certification Classes held each January during PSYM.  This has been a long process for me personally starting my first year of Youth Ministry when Rev. Walt Marcum convinced me I ...

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7 Slow Ways To Listen Well

7 Ways to Listen Well

With all the recent talk in the United Methodist Church about splits and schism I am reminded why a primary skill in Youth Ministry is the well-honed ability to truly listen to what other people are saying.  Youth ministers get this better than anybody in the church.  We listen to parents, youth, volunteers, staff, community leaders, coaches, teachers, spouses, and ...

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I Hope You Dance

I have a youthworker friend who has had grandchildren of former youth in his youth group.  I have another youthworker friend whose grandson is a youthworker as well.  I had lunch the other day with one of my favorite youth who is in her 40s now.  Another youthworker friend of mine was telling me about being at a meeting and ...

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finding my identity in youth ministry

Immediately after graduating from Pfeiffer University with my B.A. in Christian Education, I started serving a Quaker Meeting as their Christian education director. My youth would sometimes refer to me as their youth director, but I would quickly correct them and say no, “I’m not a youth minister. I’m a Christian education director.” I had developed an understanding of youth ...

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