Program

Youth Ministry 101 – Enroll Now for Next Week’s Class

 Youth Ministry 101 — June 4-15, 2012 — $50.00   Brought to you through our partnership with the Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College (a United Methodist institution in Winfield, KS), Youth Ministry 101 offers the basics of youth ministry covering topics such as: the role of the youth minister youth culture administration Christian education with youth volunteers games and more The ...

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Become a Youth Disciple ONLINE Facilitator

Just a few months ago, I was rewarding youth who brought their “real, paper Bibles” to Bible study.  After all, we all know that United Methodist Youth carry and read and know their Bibles, right?  (Our own Charles Harrison used to always tell us that in Youth Ministry Certification classes anyway…)   It’s taken some coaxing by my husband and ...

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An Open Letter To The National Broadcasting Company

Dear NBC, I would respectfully submit that you have not yet realized the world has changed both culturally and technologically.  I concede that you seem to be using all of the new technologies available to you.  Let me compliment you on your easy navigation web-site and your Facebook fan pages and of course your deft ability on Twitter. The source ...

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Change The World on May 19-20

On May 19–20, United Methodists will unite community-by community around the world in a grassroots movement to encourage all people to perform simpla projects in their community to improve lives and change the world. This event teams Rethink Church with the Imagine No Malaria project to make a huge impact in th world. This takes your everyday service work and ...

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From Community to Commodity

“Expectations of community and true community are never the same thing. You have to get rid of the first to find the second.” I ran across this quote the other day and for some reason it really convicted me.  It made me consider what it means to practice true community.  As a youth worker, I strive to create a nurturing ...

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DIG – A Bible Study Technique like None Other

I’ve been meaning to pass this along for a few weeks. You could have reminded me. DIG is a free session that came out of a final assignment from my UMYM Certification class. Well, it is the final assignment. I was halfway holding out for my grade; I didn’t want to give you anything that wasn’t “A” material. Oh well. ...

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Five Lenten Practices Your Youth Need to Experience

If you’re like me, Holy seasons are always a difficult time.  Usually the church is at it’s busiest and I’m not only striving to focus my own spiritual life but also provide new and relevant experiences for my youth. If you haven’t tried these spiritual disciplines below allow me to suggest incorporating them into this Lenten season. Fasting Fasting is ...

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6 Critical Questions Parents & Teens Should Ask Today

As a former teacher-turned-youth director, I can attest to the power of sharing ideas among trusted co-workers. Why re-invent the wheel when you can “steal” great ideas from others and apply them to your own situation?  I had the opportunity to do just that recently when I sought ways to improve communication between my high school youth and their parents, ...

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Seeing Poverty First Hand Changed My Life

If you are one of the hundreds of youth workers leading a 30 Hour Famine event this weekend, you might want to know how to encourage your youth to take their fundraising and experience to the Study Tour level.  Abby Lewis, a high school junior and member of the youth group at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church in Arlington, TX, ...

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