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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 4

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first five principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling and Missional.  This week we move onto: Principle # 6 – Youthwork is Evangelistic! Many people find the idea of practicing Evangelism troubling. Images of big hair, crying, desperate pleas, Bible-thumping, confrontation, money, hell fire and damnation, or thousands of people in a ...

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youth and the ash wednesday tradition

As often as I hold up the church year and the seasons it includes, eventually I face the “What do you mean ‘we’re right in the middle of ____’ on the church calendar?” In Lent, it usually happens at the beginning. “What is Ash Wednesday?” Or more to the point, “Why do we put ashes on our foreheads?” I live ...

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3 numbers to consider before every youth ministry headcount

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

“How many kids come on Wednesdays?” If the first question someone asks me is about numbers, I’m backing out of the conversation from the first word of my reply. If that question comes from within my church, it saddens me. I once worried about numbers. Not a lot, but the amount usually provoked by people that didn’t know any better ...

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7 Slow Ways To Work With Parents

7 Slow Ways To Work With Parents

When I started in youth ministry, I was told in various ways that one of the main goals was to get youth away from their parents because then we could really do some spiritual good.  Some para-church organizations still promote this idea.  So let me start by saying that always felt wrong to me.  At the same time, I realize ...

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teaching a mystery

I’m obsessed at the moment with how we’re passing down our faith. And dissatisfied. I’m not of the opinion that we should kick all of our traditions and beliefs and means of confirmation and discipleship to the curb. But I think we need to be willing to admit to ourselves and even the kids that for all of our definition ...

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Defeat in youth ministry

According to Merriam-Webster, there are a couple of different definitions for the word defeat: to win a victory over (someone or something) in a war, contest, game, etc. to cause (someone or something) to fail This dual definition was helpful for me as I wrestled with my greatest defeat in youth ministry. I spent sixteen years in the same local ...

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5 Creative Ways for Students to Share Love on Valentines Day

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

Teenagers LOVE Valentines day. They love to give valentines and they love to receive valentines. But for some students, being single on Valentine’s day can be an embarrassing and traumatic experience. The single students can feel left out when it comes to their peers’ social media postings of massive teddy bears and carnations. Some begin to think that they are ...

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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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Youthworker’s Gathering in Wichita

Wanted to drop some knowledge on your about an upcoming youthworker gathering in the Wichita area (the speaker this year sounds vaguely familiar): Join us and learn about youth ministry for a mobile generation You’re mobile, they’re mobile. It’s hard to get everyone in the same place. Even families are on the move.  What does this mean for your youth ...

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selling youth ministry & making quota

I was in class last week from Saturday through Thursday, out of town. Because I’m a seasoned traveler, I charged my shaver. Upon arrival at the hotel I discovered that its usefulness had expired. Clickety-click. No lights. No brrrrrrrrzzzzzzz. Crap. Because I am only nominally an adult, I have never learned the art of shaving with a blade. I don’t ...

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