Youth Ministry

“Women should be silent.” WHAT?!?

It was bad luck for the Baptist denomination that I happened to join my high school friend for Sunday School on the day they were studying the part of Ephesians that mentions women should be submissive to their husbands.  This was my first impression of what a Baptist church was about, and that word “submissive” did not sit well with ...

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New Game Idea: Paparazzi!

Paparazzi Supplies Needed: Cameras for each person (cellphone cameras, for example) Guidelines: Stars can’t cover face, face the wall, and must be standing and moving at all times. You may use team members as barriers, but no one can touch anyone else (even teammates). No exchanging cameras. How to Play: Divide your group into two teams. Each team designates 3 ...

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As For Me And My Hell-House, We Will Serve The Lord

I’ve been going about this all wrong. ALL wrong. I don’t know why I didn’t realize it before. I got an invitation from a local church today to attend a hell house. Specifically a HAYRIDE THROUGH HELL, as was repeated in bold full-caps throughout the letter that accompanied the promotional poster. I’m not exactly a fireman, but I was intrigued ...

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The Dilemma of Discussing Death

This is our dilemma. The fear of death is intrinsic to the human condition. In youth ministry, the question of whether you will have to address the issue of death is not a question of “if” but “when”.  Perhaps, the only thing more uncomfortable than articulating a Christian understanding of death with teenagers is the inability to articulate a Christian ...

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Talk about Hell…A Discussion Guide

Is Hell real?  What is Hell like?  What really happens when we die?  How do I know if I’ll go to Heaven?  Is Hell like or unlike a junior high lock-in? When your youth want to learn about Hell, prepare yourself.  Let’s face it, on some issues, take gambling or the death penalty as examples, the United Methodist Church is ...

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Talk Tips: But Everyone Cried at Camp

This is one in an ongoing series of posts to help you hone your skills as a speaker either in an up-front setting or a small group. I don’t care if it made everyone cry at camp, or if it just came out in the theaters/happened on the news.  No matter how cool an illustration is, it is a distraction ...

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Land of the Free, Home of the Slave

With the upcoming presidential election, more and more of our media channels are being overrun with relentless propaganda. Freedom. Freedom has become a buzz word more and more around this time of year.  Freedom of speech, freedom of choice, economic freedom…I mean, we’re Americans, right?  Freedom is what defines us. But how free are we really?  Is there really any ...

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Three Things All Methodists Need to Know About Baptism

Baptism is one of the two sacraments recognized as such by the Methodist church. Maybe it’s because we don’t talk about sacraments enough, or maybe it’s because the Baptists have done such a good job making their case in many regions of the country, but many people are a bit foggy on the whole idea. What’s more, why do we ...

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how few idiots would it take to get you fired?

I live next to a cemetery, which rests next to a parsonage across the street from a small country Baptist church. They’ve been without a pastor for a couple of years since the previous one received a call to a pulpit in Delaware. I think it was Delaware. In any case, I miss Sammy and his complete set of unbreakable ...

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11 Things It Is Still Not Too Late To Do

If you are feeling the need to take a deep breath in Youth Ministry right now, please do.  Most likely you have been moving at a fanatical pace as you re-launch Sunday school, Bible study, youth group and any other activities for the new school based year.  After 25 years in Youth Ministry, I always realize (about now) that I ...

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