Parents and Families

3 “Aha!” Moments I Didn’t Expect to Teach at Perkins School of Youth Ministry

  Ever had an aha moment?  An “aha moment” is defined as “a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension,” according to Merriam-Webster.  I remember exactly where I was driving in my car when I had that crazy aha moment and realized as a young sales professional that not every adult wants to spend their free time volunteering ...

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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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3 Stupid Mistakes that Kill Your Parent Reputation

How to Make a Seamless Pastor Transition

One of the hardest things about being a youth minister is moving between drastically different subcultures and generations.  In one week you may be participating or leading a group of adult leaders, sixth graders, seniors in high school, and business leaders on your board.  Navigating these can be difficult, and too often I have seen, and sad to say committed, ...

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3 Steps for Creating a Culture of Responsibility

I didn’t set out to be the children’s minister’s nightmare parent, but I became that person and it didn’t have to be that way.  Here is how it all happened: Our church’s children’s ministry was planning on taking a group to a huge preteen event being held at a nearby megachurch.  The registration flier said the early bird deadline was ...

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10 Must-Have Ingredients in Every Successful Parent Meeting

Chances are if you’re in youth ministry, you are in it because you feel called and love working with youth, you relate well to young people.  What you may or may not have noticed is that those same youth are often dropped off by parents/guardians/grandparents* at the beginning of  your time together.  Those adults are, in fact, one of your ...

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Resource Guide to Tragedy

Last Friday our world experienced a horrific tragedy against our most innocent by the hands of our own persons. There has been, and will be, plenty of speculation, cries for change, fact finding, and written pieces explaining how this could happen or be prevented. This article posting, I hope, is without any of those things but taking on a position ...

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7 Last Minute Gifts that Capture the True Spirit of Christmas

Nothing quite says “Celebrate the birth of the Savior” like your sons asking Santa Claus to bring “Assassins Creed III for Xbox.” Besides doing youth ministry things, I am a mom to three kids ages 11, 9 and 6.  I know not every family does the whole “Santa” thing, but we do, so Christmas for us means walking that fine ...

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a christmas (true) story

What’s the best present you’ve ever gotten for Christmas? We had a family tradition. Every year, my parents, 3 sisters and I would get into our Buick station wagon and drive to a local Christmas tree lot. Once there, the doors would fly open and the four of us would each scour the four corners of the lot for what ...

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The Power of Gratitude

I was one of those rare youth workers who early on was taken under the wing of a veteran youth worker.  Of the many things Les taught me, the power of gratitude is one that has stuck with me and helped me become a better youth worker. One of the realities of our ministry world is that we can’t do ...

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Jesus the Purple Dinosaur?

My daughter is a toddler.  You know what that means?  Endless amounts of children’s programming.  To the disgust of my wife and I, our daughter has developed a little bit of a Dino-crush on that big purple dinosaur we all know so well. Barney has become a fixture in our home.  Our once peaceful abode is now overrun with Barney ...

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