Parents and Families

You have 30 Seconds (Maybe Less). Go!!

You know the scenes. Especially this time of year as new youth and parents are considering joining in with the youth ministry of the church. New families have moved to town to coincide with the start of a new school calendar. You now have a need for a few new youth leaders to volunteer within the ministry. Trouble is, you ...

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things that last

This is a re-post of a blog I wrote for Youthworker Circuit on July 10, 2012. We don’t re-post a lot, but this one seemed like it might be worth passing along: This is going to bump around a bit and then come together at the end. Over the past few years I’ve brought a social media/marketing-minded lover of theology ...

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your five best friends in youth ministry

The relationships you form in youth ministry are arguably the most important part of doing your job well. It’s critical to healthy ministry to look beyond the obvious relationships–parents, chaperones, the youth themselves–and develop intentional relationships in other areas that will build communication and support within your church & community. This isn’t by any means a complete list; feel free ...

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The End of Youth Ministry

The End of Youth Ministry

OK I know that sounds a little dramatic.  Let me start Micro and move towards Meta.  I also really want your input, so this is a conversation starter.  Here it goes: Well for about two weeks now I have become the acting Children’s Ministry Director at the Church where I am doing Interim Youth Ministry. They are doing some budget ...

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What to do with Graduating Seniors?

ME: We would like for us to recognize our seniors in service as graduating youth. PASTOR: That’s great, how would you like to do that? ME: We would want to recognize our two youth in our second service and give them a gift that we set aside budget money for to get. PASTOR: I love it. What do we do ...

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Equipping Parents to Pass Faith on to Their Children

Spiritual formation begins in the home.  Well, that’s at least according to the way Susannah Wesley raised her children.  I believe that many of our U.M. Churches have relinquished this responsibility in equipping, encouraging and preparing parents to intentionally pass on spirituality and the language of the Christian faith to their children.  That’s not to say that there aren’t some ...

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Your Passion is Not My Passion! 3 Strategies to Protect Yourself

The youth gathering is wrapping up, you are standing back and gazing over a crowd of teenagers bouncing around and talking to each other. Parents start to show up to collect their offspring and give obligatory greetings to you as they see you there. Then shows up Bob. Bob has two children in the youth program, one older daughter in ...

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God Created Rebels (or Why Kony 2012 Works)

Your phone rings right after the youth event is over.  It’s a mom.  She reads to you from the same script again, “My son/daughter is making everything so hard.  We’ve been arguing non-stop, and today I found out that he/she has been smoking/drinking/sneaking out/insert rebellious action here.”  You console; you offer reassurances, but the bottom line is: teens are rebellious. ...

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3 Ways to Make Your Youth Ministry Matter

I’ve been told by well-intentioned youth and parents, “I  will be at UMY if there is nothing on my  schedule.”  Really?  Is that supposed to make me feel better?  You’ll be at UMY if you have absolutely nothing better to do?  Thanks…I think. We all experience it. Every week thousands of members of youth groups choose to participate in activities ...

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