Philosophy of Youthwork

Texas Youth Academy

“Texas Youth Academy is something I think about daily, and not lightly at that. I can truly say that TYA changed my life because of the impact it had on me and my passion for ministry and the Bible. I realized the approaches I’ve taken to ministry and the thoughts I have on theology have been shaped due to my ...

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How to get published in youth ministry

Writing Letters as a Critical Practice to Youth Ministry

I remember many moons ago attending a huge youth ministry conference and saying, I want to be the presenter on stage publishing articles and books and being super cool all over.  I contacted a couple big publishing houses and found a less than hospitable reaction to a youth worker with about a year and a half of experience wanting to ...

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Sacred Rest for a Weary World

Have you ever noticed that rhythm is a sign of life? You know, there’s an old, old poem – a song really – that tells of this ancient rhythm. It goes like this… In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.           And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And there was evening, and there ...

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#Social: The Social Community

The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the ...

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#Social Creed

The United Methodist Movement has a reputation for its concern for the people and as a church we have been active on social issues for many years. The Social Principles of the United Methodist Church are crafted to express how we engage in social issues. They are exceedingly important for any United Methodist to know. Today, let’s begin our journey ...

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#Social: a new Social Principles series

The Social Principles are an important part of the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline. Our heritage has always been a faith community that is greatly concerned about social action and ability and opportunity of all people to be welcome in the Kingdom of God. The Social Principles are in the Book of Discipline but, unlike the rest of the ...

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The Limits of God’s Grace

In 2006, the sadly now defunct magazine The Journal of Student Ministries published an article called, “The Limits of God’s Grace: What if We Weren’t Afraid of Hell?” written by Bart Campolo, son of Tony and Peggy Campolo, and a noted speaker and author in his own right. After the article was published, several things then happened: Christianity Today called ...

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A Practical Look – Being Practically Preventible

  Grace. It’s a core part of who we are as United Methodists and personally as followers of Jesus Christ. As we begin to look at what it means to teach about Prevenient Grace in our youth ministries let’s look at what it says in our Book of Discipline. Prevenient Grace – We acknowledge God’s prevenient grace, the divine love that ...

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SPARK Youth Ministry Conference January 8-15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas

I am very excited to announce that the Youthworker Movement team in partnership with Southwestern College, The Institute for Discipleship, Be A Disciple, The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence, Youthworker Circuit, CircuitWriter Media LLC, MethoBlog, Duke Divinity School, Kessler Park UMC, and The Foundation For Ministry Excellence; is launching a brand new affordable Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas which ...

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5 quick tips for going on vacation

Greece

  It does happen from time to time. We all know the double work that occurs before you take time off, especially if you’re trying to string together a few days away. It usually results in a soul-crushing couple of days beforehand of trying to remember who needs to know what followed by a laundry-til-midnight packing session. Don’t do that ...

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