Theology

A Practical Look: Nurture and Mission of the Church

Sanctification and Perfection

Finally, we emphasize the nurturing and serving function of Christian fellowship in the Church. The personal experience of faith is nourished by the worshiping. For Wesley there is no religion by t social religion, no holiness but social holiness. The communal forms of faith in the Wesleyan tradition not only promote personal growth; they also equip and mobilize us for ...

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A Practical Look: Faith and Good Works

Sanctification and Perfection

Good morning from Cleburne, TX! I am so glad to be writing you today and continuing our blog series on “A Practical Look at the Wesleyan Distinctive Emphases.” Let’s take a look at what the Book of Discipline says about Faith and Good Works. We see God’s grace and human activity working together in the relationship of faith and good ...

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A Practical Look – Sanctification and Perfection

Sanctification and Perfection

Greetings to you this morning from Cleburne, TX! I am so glad to be writing you all today about the continuing blog series on “Wesleyan Distinctive’s: A Practical Look,” by looking at at Sanctification and Perfection today. As per usual let us start by first looking at what the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church has to stay about ...

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A Practical Look – Justification and Assurance

Sanctification and Perfection

  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! I am so excited to be writing again to you about our Wesleyan Distinctives. Last week was about Prevenient Grace and how its kinda like chips and salsa. If you missed that post click here to catch up. This week we will continue on to ...

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A Practical Look – Being Practically Preventible

  Grace. It’s a core part of who we are as United Methodists and personally as followers of Jesus Christ. As we begin to look at what it means to teach about Prevenient Grace in our youth ministries let’s look at what it says in our Book of Discipline. Prevenient Grace – We acknowledge God’s prevenient grace, the divine love that ...

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Wesleyan Distinctives: A Practical Look

For several years now I have had a nickname, The Methodork. Contrary to popular belief this was not a name that I gave myself, it was a name that youth of the Central Texas Conference referred to me as. I think and hope that I was referred to as The Methodork because a deep passion of mine is our rich Wesleyan ...

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SPARK Youth Ministry Conference January 8-15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas

I am very excited to announce that the Youthworker Movement team in partnership with Southwestern College, The Institute for Discipleship, Be A Disciple, The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence, Youthworker Circuit, CircuitWriter Media LLC, MethoBlog, Duke Divinity School, Kessler Park UMC, and The Foundation For Ministry Excellence; is launching a brand new affordable Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas which ...

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Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder

  So last spring I led a breakout session titled “Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder” at Faith Forward, a terrific new children & youth ministry conference in Nashville, TN. There are great, great minds from ministry and all things spiritual involved and I’m excited to be a part of it. The outline for my talk got upended the week before ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 6

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first seven principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic and Holistic. This week we move onto two more that go hand-in-hand: Principle # 8 – Youthwork is Bible Based You might be surprised at how often I heard critical negative feedback when I mention the Bible in Youthwork. I truly ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 5

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first six principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional and Evangelistic. This week we move onto: Principle #7 – Youthwork is Holistic! The goal of ministry with Youth is not to separate a young person’s faith journey from their life. As a matter of fact, giving theological language to the life ...

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