Mission

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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5 Creative Ways for Students to Share Love on Valentines Day

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

Teenagers LOVE Valentines day. They love to give valentines and they love to receive valentines. But for some students, being single on Valentine’s day can be an embarrassing and traumatic experience. The single students can feel left out when it comes to their peers’ social media postings of massive teddy bears and carnations. Some begin to think that they are ...

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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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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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Still Thankful

In my family on Thanksgiving during the big meal, we go around the table and everybody states something they are thankful for.  We also remember the family members that have gone on to their heavenly reward that used to sit at the table with us.  Maybe your family has similar traditions.  And generally there is also a Festivus joke or ...

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Land of the Free, Home of the Slave

With the upcoming presidential election, more and more of our media channels are being overrun with relentless propaganda. Freedom. Freedom has become a buzz word more and more around this time of year.  Freedom of speech, freedom of choice, economic freedom…I mean, we’re Americans, right?  Freedom is what defines us. But how free are we really?  Is there really any ...

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Bringing Together Music and Mission Ecumenically

Calling All Singers! CREDO: Dallas’ New Ecumenical Mixed Choir Forms in Kessler Park By Jonathan Palant   Taking its name from the Latin word meaning ‘I believe,’ CREDO is a new, Dallas-based ecumenical mixed choir with a focus on both sacred choral music and hands-on community service.  The genesis of this ensemble stems from my time as conductor of the ...

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What I Learned On My Summer Vocation

I just finished reading J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye for about the 6th time in my 47 years of life.  This time I read it because our Youth Sunday school class decided to join up with one of the Adult Classes for the summer and they wanted to read a book together.  The Adult Class is called “Page Turners” ...

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