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Articulating Faith

ARTICULATING FAITH: Thoughts on “What do you believe? American Teenagers, Spirituality, and Freedom of Religion,” a video by Sarah Feinbloom Written by Amy Valdez Barker   “A compelling educational peacemaking film without being didactic, sectarian, or doctrinaire. Every public school, congregation and youth program in the country should have a copy of it.”   Rev. Paul Chaffee, Director Interfaith Center ...

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Kenda Creasy Dean | State of Youth Ministry interview part 2

We were blessed with a moment to sit down with Kenda Creasy Dean, who is one of the foremost researchers, authors and challengers of how our youth ministry is and needs to be. You can get more involved with Kenda’s work through the ministry of the Institute of Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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How Do You Define “Effectiveness” In Your Ministry?

The new buzzword in The United Methodist Church is "effectiveness." This is as true for Youth ministry as it is for the rest of the Church. We apparently live close enough to Business Schools that we want tools and formulas by which such effectiveness can be measured (or perhaps we have just all Good to Great)...

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What do You know about Religion & Christianity?

There has been quite a bit of buzz circulating of late about the 'state of youth & religion in America' these days. Maybe you saw the CNN article about Kenda Creasy Dean calling out teenagers as "fake" Christians. That article alone has spurred quite a bit of news on its own, almost 6,000 comments and over 5,000 Facebook 'likes.' Or maybe you are a reader of the Pew Research like myself who's followed their Religious quiz where Atheists & Agnostics have scored the best overall.

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