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Teaching to (the Christian) Test

“Students these days just want the answers to the questions and they want us to give it to them.” Ask most educators and they’ll say the biggest struggle in education today is what they call “teaching to the test”.  In our current educational system with its performance-based funding, teachers are under an increasing amount of pressure to raise standardized test ...

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Get a Degree in Youth Ministry from Duke University

Are you aware that Duke Divinity School is offering a new Master of Arts in Christian Practice degree for those who are looking to experience a rich theological education while continuing to serve the church in their present youth ministry position?   Are you interested in learning from experts in the field of Youth Ministry like Dr. Fred Edie and ...

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Angry Birds at Your Next Youth Event

Get ready for something awesome – life-size Angry Birds. “I will have to admit that I use to play Angry Birds a little too much.  But now I don’t have to feel bad about spending all that time glued to my iPhone last summer because it was all research and preparation for youth ministry!” -Eric McFarland We wanted to create ...

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Warning: Don’t forget to do these 5 things when planning Youth Worship

This article was originally published October 20, 2011. Recently we had our Youth Sunday service at our church. It was great, it really was, but it wasn’t without it’s headaches, stressors, and a few surprises along the way. Upcoming the last weekend of November is the ‘Student Sunday’ within the United Methodist Church calendar, which I believe is more geared ...

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Real Ministry Never Shows Up on Your Resume.

On average, youthworkers can probably be most easily summed up as “the person that drove the van to Six Flags.” It’s an average; there’s a lot of good, smart work being done on one side of that median description and a lot of inept efforts that lost the church credit card and forgot to buy the day passes on the ...

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YouthWorker Movement Building a Youth Disciple Online Opportunity

  Charles Harrison meets with Bishop and Julia Wilke, authors of Disciple, as design efforts are underway to build a totally online Disciple group experience for youth. The scheduled roll-out of Youth Disciple Online has facilitator training open beginning February 1, 2012, and youth groups starting up when ready after August 1, 2012. Moving Youth Disciple to an online format is a real ReThink Church moment ...

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How Not to Burn Down the Church & Other Failures

We went from a quiet prayer-filled reflective room to one with giggles & a thick cloud of smoke. Ah, the joys of youth ministry. For over a decade I’ve been putting together some really cool prayer station worship experiences for teenagers, youth workers, and regular lay adults of all ages. I was apparently pretty good at this – so good ...

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Getting By – Does “C” Still Mean “Average”?

Last night our youth did another night of 3 Questions, a conversational family program I started this year. (If you’re unfamiliar with the format for 3 Questions, you can read about it [HERE].) One of the questions asked by the dads in the room was, “What about life is too hard for teens and what is too easy?” Nice and ...

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