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Join the Conversation: GC2012 and Youth Ministry

The United Methodist Youth Ministry website was created for youth workers to have conversation.  As General Conference 2012 runs its course, we would love to hear what you are thinking. What have you heard that you think will affect your local youth ministry? What concerns you? What are you excited about? We really would love to know what real, live ...

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Nine Secrets of a Name Knowing Ninja

It’s the worst.  The student walking up to you has been coming to youth group on and off for about a year…and you just completely blanked out on her name. “Hi, you! How’s it going?” you say awkwardly. “You forgot my name, didn’t you?” Gah!  Busted. (her name was Monica, by the way, and I didn’t forget it after that.) ...

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Where are the Methodist Youth Ministry Blogs?

For about half a decade my friend Jay & I have maintained a website called the Methoblog which had a simple purpose and function. The idea was to promote the conversation of being the methodist church through aggregating as many methodist voices who were blogging as possible. The results have been very successful over the years and with a new ...

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Learning from the Little – How Small Churches are Better

I’m not sure how it happened.  One day while sitting in worship, I looked up and as the choir stood to sing the offertory special, I noticed my ten year old sister with her conductor’s wand – a present given to my musically inclined sister years earlier – directing our church’s small choir.  At best, 10 adults participated in the ...

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Launching Speakers Connexion

The Bishop was calling me in the middle of the Conference Sr. High Youth Event and I was shocked.  She said, “Amy, I received a phone call from a pastor attending the event and he was concerned about the message the young people were hearing.”  WHAT!??!!  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, especially since this was my first Conference ...

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It Takes a Lifetime to Learn

  “So, it seems like you read a lot of books?!”  Yeah, I get that often.  My college-aged son says he was raised at “the library” and he means our home not a publicly funded book depository.  And this photo below shows you what is on my reading pile for today.  What is wrong with me anyway that rehab for ...

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Scenes of a National Youth Workers Convention

Both Eric McFarland & I had the opportunity to do some photography for the Youth Specialties / YouthWorks folks at the National Youth Workers Convention in Atlanta two weeks ago. Here’s some of what you experienced or missed depending on your attendance. Gavin Richardson is Digital Community Builder for YouthWorker Movement and the Short One at YouthWorker Circuit. He has been ...

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New Website is for United Methodist Youth Ministry

Whether it’s navigating a sea of acronyms like UMYF, BOD, SPR, GBHEM and UMCOR, or understanding the distinctions between ordained elders, deacons and acolytes, United Methodist youth workers share a lot of the same challenges and blessings.  Being connectional is a gift we can leverage by sharing thoughts and ideas.  Even though our specific situations differ – rural, urban, suburban, ...

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Are You Certified?

Are You Certified? The Youthworker Movement just participated in a 2-day consultation at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) in Nashville along with representatives from 10 UMC Seminaries and 3 Colleges and Universities that offer 1 or more of the classes to be certified in one of the ten specialized ministries.  Persons can be certified in: Ministry ...

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7 Ways To Connect

At the Youthworker Movement a founding principle is that we are each other’s best resource.  Nobody understands your context or my context exactly but the person most likely to be helpful in listening is another Youthworker going through similar struggles and mountain top experiences.  A frequent conversation I find myself in with Youthworkers is this need for true community.  So, ...

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