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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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“A Faith of Their Own” Sociologists Melinda Denton and Lisa Pearce

    Our own Amy Valdez Barker had the opportunity to sit down with sociologists of youth ministry, Lisa Pearce and Melinda Denton, to discuss their recent youth ministry findings.  You might recognize Denton and Pearce’s names from the books “Soul Searching”,”Souls in Transition”, and now “A Faith of Their Own.” During the interview, Pearce and Denton share their journeys ...

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Dallas GiveCamp Recap

Last weekend, IT developers and consultants from North Texas gave back to the community by volunteering their entire weekend locked in an office building coding for charity.  The YouthWorker Movement was honored to be selected as one of 13 charities for this weekend.  In just 46 hours, teams created and revamped websites, and in our case, created a new development ...

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YouthWorker Movement teams up with Dallas GiveCamp

  This weekend, YouthWorker Movement will be teaming up with Dallas GiveCamp to develop exciting new tools and website enhancements.  In a nutshell, GiveCamp is when programmer IT types donate a weekend of their time and talents to nonprofits.  We are going to wait until after the weekend to reveal our projects – so stay tuned.  In the meantime, we ...

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Re-Thinking Connection

                            Last week I was privileged to be a part of the second annual gathering of National UMC Conference and Jurisdictional Youth Ministry staff persons.  41 folks met in Kansas City, Missouri at Saint Paul School of Theology to re-think what we do and who we are.  ...

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Center for Youth Ministry Excellence (CYMX) at the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College

  Photo Journey of the new partnership. We are excited to be partnering together.  Two great brands, one common mission.  In the past week we provided a lecture in Youth Ministry for students at Southwestern College and other local Youthworkers from the district, participated in Re-Think Connection in Kansas City and bought a yummy BBQ Dinner for the participants, and ...

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Want to Understand the Teenage Brain?

Gracing the cover of this month’s National Geographic magazine is “The New Science of the Teenage Brain,” a headline the result of years of research on teenage brain development.  It attempts to answer the age-old question about teenage risky behavior, “What on Earth was he doing?” As a person who works with and loves teenagers, what do you need to know ...

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CYMX Partners with the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship

Bishop and Julia Wilke have spent a life-time encouraging and supporting persons doing ministry. The Institute in their name is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that nurture and enrich Christian leaders-lay and clergy-for effective living and ministry. Later this week, Charles Harrison, the CEO of the Center for Youth Ministry Excellence will be introduced to the Southwestern College Board of ...

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YouthWorker Movement Building a Youth Disciple Online Opportunity

  Charles Harrison meets with Bishop and Julia Wilke, authors of Disciple, as design efforts are underway to build a totally online Disciple group experience for youth. The scheduled roll-out of Youth Disciple Online has facilitator training open beginning February 1, 2012, and youth groups starting up when ready after August 1, 2012. Moving Youth Disciple to an online format is a real ReThink Church moment ...

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Captured by a Compelling Narrative Conference – Discount for YWM Members

On October 27-28, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is hosting the “Captured by a Compelling Narrative: A Christian Story for a New Generation” conference.  This two day event will feature speakers and panelists Diana Butler-Bass, Walter Fluker, Melinda Denton, Mike Slaughter and others.  Please check out the website for more information and to register. YouthWorker Movement members can attend this conference including ...

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