Safe Sanctuaries

6 Tips to Manage Conflict with Students

“I’m going to need you to go sit with them again,” I whispered into the ear of one of my adult volunteers as I walked up to the stage to do the weekly announcements. For what felt like the millionth time, I watched as a handful of my high school students goofed off, picked on the middle school kids, and ...

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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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New Facebook Feature that Could Get You Fired

Who in my company likes to ski?  Which of my friends like road trips?  These are the types of searches available to you in Facebook’s new Graph Search.  Basically, Graph search allows you to search all the public info that people have shared with Facebook. The problem is that includes everything you’ve “liked” ever.  Likes are always public pieces of ...

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Confessions of a Youth Worker: Caring Too Much About a Job Title

Let me preface by saying that my experience as a youth worker is a part time employee and volunteer, but I have almost 10 years of experience in ministry with teenagers.  Also, I am a seminary student and preparing for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church.  As a part of my schoolwork I’ve done an extensive study on the ...

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“how are the children?”

In African cultures a common greeting between people from a tribe not their own would be “How are the children?” The idea behind that gesture is that if the children are doing well then the village/tribe is reflective of that wellness. We do similar as you meet an old friend or extended family member they, or you, will often say ...

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the death of the buddy youthworker

This article was originally published November 15, 2011. It goes without saying that youth ministry is always changing. (Oops. Well, it would have.) I grew up in the land of the forgotten nightmares of Unsafe Sanctuaries. “Chubby Bunny” was the least of our worries. Our adults were encouraged to take kids off alone; we’d go fishing in the middle of ...

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5 Critical Keys to Losing Your Youth Ministry Job Forever

We spend an awful amount of time focusing on how to avoid conflict and job-related stress and in doing so we’re ignoring a percentage of our audience that clearly wants to get fired. If you’re floundering around getting close to termination but not quite pulling it off, this one is for you. Don’t be too hard on yourself; not everyone ...

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Youth Ministry Release form Flea Market

Since the fall is coming up and many of a youth ministry is going to be starting that new academic year of ministry you might be in need for updating your youth ministry medical release & permission forms. I did one of my top-secret search engine tricks and found a plethora of youth ministry release forms for you to check ...

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Safe Sanctuaries?

I was supposed to write a post about Safe Sanctuaries last week. It was going to be informative and at the same time reveal some of the complexities inherent in creating, implementing, and policing the Safe Sanctuaries policies at the local church level. I got bogged down and stuck halfway between a rant and venting about issues that exist in ...

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