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your five best friends in youth ministry

The relationships you form in youth ministry are arguably the most important part of doing your job well. It’s critical to healthy ministry to look beyond the obvious relationships–parents, chaperones, the youth themselves–and develop intentional relationships in other areas that will build communication and support within your church & community. This isn’t by any means a complete list; feel free ...

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The End of Youth Ministry

The End of Youth Ministry

OK I know that sounds a little dramatic.  Let me start Micro and move towards Meta.  I also really want your input, so this is a conversation starter.  Here it goes: Well for about two weeks now I have become the acting Children’s Ministry Director at the Church where I am doing Interim Youth Ministry. They are doing some budget ...

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Your Passion is Not My Passion! 3 Strategies to Protect Yourself

The youth gathering is wrapping up, you are standing back and gazing over a crowd of teenagers bouncing around and talking to each other. Parents start to show up to collect their offspring and give obligatory greetings to you as they see you there. Then shows up Bob. Bob has two children in the youth program, one older daughter in ...

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The Summer Insanity Survival Guide (Part Deux)

Continued from Part 1  Preparedness is the key to survival.  Implementing a few of these things can make the difference between merely surviving during summer and thriving during the summer.  Here are some helpful guidelines to make the most out of your summer ministry. Empower your leadership!  Hopefully you have your own format of youth ministry council, whether that be ...

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Promise 5: Share Responsibility and Ask for Help

Valentines Wesley Style

The to-do list for the Youth Valentine’s Dinner and Auction event I inherited was extremely detailed and even divided into subcategories – things to do for the meal itself, for promoting the event, for decorating, for soliciting donations, for organizing the youth, for ticket sales, for setting up and for cleaning up…you get the idea.  In fact, when printed out, ...

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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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Titles Don’t Matter

It has occurred to me of late that there are a few people in the world who function as though their title makes them what the title says they are.  Let me explain. Teachers teach.  Writers write.  Singers sing.  Leaders lead.  Youthworkers…..do youthy stuff etc.  See the problem? Now I sing, but I certainly am not a singer by any ...

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