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  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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25 Fresh Christmas songs

If you are like me, you love music and the Christmas season is one that has so many traditional and great songs, you could make a playlist 100 songs long and have all good ones on it.   But the down side is everyone has the same list, and they put it on repeat from basically Halloween until the tree ...

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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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Youth Praise Band: Working with What You’ve Got

I received some positive feedback from my previous post about the songs we sing and music we use in youth worship times, so this post will continue in that vein. Today I’m thinking back on when I first started leading music for a youth ministry.  I was a high school student learning the guitar and how to sing and play at ...

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Warning: Don’t forget to do these 5 things when planning Youth Worship

This article was originally published October 20, 2011. Recently we had our Youth Sunday service at our church. It was great, it really was, but it wasn’t without it’s headaches, stressors, and a few surprises along the way. Upcoming the last weekend of November is the ‘Student Sunday’ within the United Methodist Church calendar, which I believe is more geared ...

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Real Ministry Never Shows Up on Your Resume.

On average, youthworkers can probably be most easily summed up as “the person that drove the van to Six Flags.” It’s an average; there’s a lot of good, smart work being done on one side of that median description and a lot of inept efforts that lost the church credit card and forgot to buy the day passes on the ...

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Worship Continues to Evolve

  Worship Continues To Evolve   Any close reading of the Old Testament and New Testament affirms the understanding that corporate worship has always been evolving and changing.  Moses never came down from Mt. Sinai and said, thus sayeth the Lord, “this is how all people will worship from now until God comes again.”   There are a few Christian ...

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Wild Goose Festival a final gander

**This originally posted at Youthworker Circuit Blog. Kevin headed up the Wild Goose Festival Youth Community tent where he was able to get folks like Shane Claiborne and Brian McLaren came to share with the teenagers at the event. When you get right down to it, there are more goose jokes than you might think. I came into Wild Goose ...

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Images of : National Youth Worker Convention

I had a really cool blessing at this years National Youth Worker Convention here in Nashville. I was asked to take photos for the convention, specifically the “Big Room” settings. Here’s a review of the National Youth Workers Convention, in Images. –gavin

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