Training

Youth Disciple Online Facilitator Training

Starting in August 2012 Disciple Bible Study for Youth will be available on-line for Youthworkers to use with a group of High School Youth in their Church, District, Conference, Region, Community as well as there being groups that any individual Youth from anywhere in the world can sign up for. We need facilitators for every group!  This is your chance ...

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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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Launching Speakers Connexion

The Bishop was calling me in the middle of the Conference Sr. High Youth Event and I was shocked.  She said, “Amy, I received a phone call from a pastor attending the event and he was concerned about the message the young people were hearing.”  WHAT!??!!  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing, especially since this was my first Conference ...

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Promise 3: A Promise for Ongoing Training & Learning

This is part 3 of 7 exploring the We Love Our Youth Worker national covenant between churches and youth workers.  We Love Our Youth Worker (WLOYW), one of our partner organizations, and YouthWorker Movement both agree that healthier youth workers mean healthier youth ministries.  Healthier youth ministries mean more youth can know Christ.  The proposed WLOYW covenant commits churches and youthworkers to ...

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It Takes a Lifetime to Learn

  “So, it seems like you read a lot of books?!”  Yeah, I get that often.  My college-aged son says he was raised at “the library” and he means our home not a publicly funded book depository.  And this photo below shows you what is on my reading pile for today.  What is wrong with me anyway that rehab for ...

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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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The Language of Faith

Sociologist of Youth Ministry – Melinda Denton Last month I asked one of the lead researchers from the National Study on Youth and Religion if theology mattered when it came to differentiating between ‘highly-religious’ teens and ‘not-as-religious’ teens.  Melinda Lundquist Denton’s response was: “Theological particularity is somewhat lost at least on this generation (we don’t have data on the adults.)  But, the ...

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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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Are You Certified?

Are You Certified? The Youthworker Movement just participated in a 2-day consultation at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) in Nashville along with representatives from 10 UMC Seminaries and 3 Colleges and Universities that offer 1 or more of the classes to be certified in one of the ten specialized ministries.  Persons can be certified in: Ministry ...

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