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Lessons Young People Learned at GC12

Yoshiro Nakajima, a youth worker from the Cal/Nevada Conference, was one of a handful of professional youth workers to attend General Conference 2012.  (By the way, where are the youth workers at General Conference?  Our guess is that you are busy planning you summer mission trips and busy doing the stuff of youth ministry when your Annual Conference selects GC ...

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You Don’t get the General Conference Varsity Letters Just Yet

Mark Miller stands with friends in prayer at General Conference. Photo by United Methodist News Service I don’t know if you have been watching General Conference at all. I have been watching whenever possible. So addicted this is to my church nerd DNA that I have watched the live stream while giving a bath to my two year old. It ...

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General Conference Cheat Sheet {UPDATED}

For those of my United Methodist tribe, we have in one week this monster of gathering we call General Conference. It comes around every four years and becomes the vocal & legislative body for the United Methodist Church. General Conference may not have a direct impact on you and your youth ministry at the local level of practice. But General ...

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The War on Stopping Kony

I don’t remember where I first saw the KONY2012 video posted, but within a few minutes it had popped up a dozen places in my social media feeds so it doesn’t really matter which was first. I’ve been ignoring Invisible Children for years. Not intentionally; my only point of contact with them was the stack of glossy-brochured support-this/buy-this onslaught in ...

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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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Calling On Missional Methodism

A few months back I had an opportunity to sneak into a Wesleyan Leadership Conference put together by some friends at the GBOD. While there I heard some really neat ways that the Methodist faith was being lived out. Highlighted by the illustration of a monastic methodism being created and lived out in “People of New Day.” Methodists were growing, ...

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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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United Methodists Garner Highest Favorability Score

December 8, 2011 Press Release from umcom.org: About 62% of adult Americans have a favorable impression of United Methodists. That’s according to a  new survey from LifeWay Research  that looks at perceptions of faith groups among adults in the U.S. United Methodists had the highest percentage of favorable impressions among the faith groups included in the survey – Roman Catholics, Southern Baptists, ...

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The Language of Faith

Sociologist of Youth Ministry – Melinda Denton Last month I asked one of the lead researchers from the National Study on Youth and Religion if theology mattered when it came to differentiating between ‘highly-religious’ teens and ‘not-as-religious’ teens.  Melinda Lundquist Denton’s response was: “Theological particularity is somewhat lost at least on this generation (we don’t have data on the adults.)  But, the ...

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the death of the buddy youthworker

This article was originally published November 15, 2011. It goes without saying that youth ministry is always changing. (Oops. Well, it would have.) I grew up in the land of the forgotten nightmares of Unsafe Sanctuaries. “Chubby Bunny” was the least of our worries. Our adults were encouraged to take kids off alone; we’d go fishing in the middle of ...

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