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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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The Deception of the Deep-Web

Is The Deep Web the Newest Trend and Should I Care? If you are an active participant in the world wide web, you are participating in approximately 1% of the internet.  This includes Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, Amazon, ebay, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, etc. For most people, our daily searching, emails, shopping and internet habits are found on the very surface ...

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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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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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Taking Exception with Exceptionalism

Recent analysis of a decades-long survey has revealed that American teens view themselves more “special” than ever. The American Freshman Survey, which began in 1966, has polled roughly 9 million college freshman asking them questions regarding their drive to achieve, intellectual self-confidence, leadership ability, social self-confidence, and writing ability.  Analysis of this research has revealed an interesting trend; though students’ ...

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Behind the Scenes with Old Saint Nick

The person known as Santa to us has developed over many years, coming through a merger/acquisition between Sinterklass and Father Christmas inc. in western Europe after Sinterklass’ fame surged as a result of a book highlighting his exploits in the 19th century. There was of course the dark period when Sinterklaas was outlawed in the 16th and 17th century mainly ...

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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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Change the World by ONLY Throwing Off Your Shoes?

Today is apparently TOMS Shoes “one day without shoes” which someone had to tell me about. The idea being that we not wear shoes through the day to bring awareness & some empathy to the plight of those around the world who go without adequate or any footwear. This article is not because of my distaste for TOMS, they are ...

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