Youth Ministry

youthworker movement 40 day photo challenge for Lent

youthworker movement 40 day photo challenge for Lent

  Hey! We promised somewhere a photo challenge for Lent; here it is. We’d love to make this a group project! Please tweet your pics using #YWMoveLent so that we can retweet and centralize the effort. Your friend @ywmovement has just joined Instagram as @ywmovement! We’ll be posting there and linking to ourselves on Twitter at the same time. While ...

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youth and the ash wednesday tradition

As often as I hold up the church year and the seasons it includes, eventually I face the “What do you mean ‘we’re right in the middle of ____’ on the church calendar?” In Lent, it usually happens at the beginning. “What is Ash Wednesday?” Or more to the point, “Why do we put ashes on our foreheads?” I live ...

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The Divorced Youth Pastor

  “I have separated from my husband.  I am getting divorced.” I have repeated this statement so many times over the past 14 months.  Tonight I finally said it to my youth group.  We have been talking a lot about how to “share your story” as a Christian.  A lot of my kids do not have huge life-changing stories to ...

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3 numbers to consider before every youth ministry headcount

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

“How many kids come on Wednesdays?” If the first question someone asks me is about numbers, I’m backing out of the conversation from the first word of my reply. If that question comes from within my church, it saddens me. I once worried about numbers. Not a lot, but the amount usually provoked by people that didn’t know any better ...

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Divergent in Five Minutes (Spoilers!)

Divergent in Five Minutes (Spoilers!)

Another insanely popular teen novel is being made into a movie much to the delight of your reading teens and their non reading friends who are ready to see what their friends have been gushing about for the past couple of years.  The goal here is to give you an overview of the book and some talking points with students ...

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Where Did All the Introverts Go?

Where Did All the Introverts Go?

“You need to be a leader, not a follower.” “It requires you to take a leap of faith.” “God wants you to live life out loud for Jesus.” Though Americans are about a 50/50 split introverts vs. extroverts, we lift up extroversion as if this personality trait is somehow better or holier than the others.  Whether it is extolling the ...

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teaching a mystery

I’m obsessed at the moment with how we’re passing down our faith. And dissatisfied. I’m not of the opinion that we should kick all of our traditions and beliefs and means of confirmation and discipleship to the curb. But I think we need to be willing to admit to ourselves and even the kids that for all of our definition ...

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Defeat in youth ministry

According to Merriam-Webster, there are a couple of different definitions for the word defeat: to win a victory over (someone or something) in a war, contest, game, etc. to cause (someone or something) to fail This dual definition was helpful for me as I wrestled with my greatest defeat in youth ministry. I spent sixteen years in the same local ...

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One year down: a UM youth ministry certification journey

Have you ever wished a student could attend a certain camp, retreat, or mission trip because you know that their life would change drastically if they would just GO! But they give you countless excuses of why they can’t go because of scheduling conflicts or priority challenges. Sometimes it feels like they must enjoy sitting in their misery and confusion ...

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