Youth Ministry

Mission activity idea: Hunger Hunt

Hunger is an issue that we can’t always see. Hunger and its effects can be hidden. We were looking for a great way to make a positive impact in your community and have fun with your youth at the same time. Our youth leadership team decided a hunger hunt was just the thing. Imagine a scavenger hunt and service project ...

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The Illusion of Innocence Lost

This past week, my church held a  sexuality workshop for our 5th graders and their parents called Created by God, a three-day Christian-based sex education curriculum. I never realized how multifaceted the feeling of anxiety was until I saw the parents arrive at the orientation meeting the first night. The attitudes of parents ranged anywhere from being hesitantly thankful that the church was ...

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#Social: The World Community

God’s world is one world. The unity now being thrust upon us by technological revolution has far outrun our moral and spiritual capacity to achieve a stable world. The enforced unity of humanity, increasingly evident on all levels of life, presents the Church as well as all people with problems that will not wait for answer: injustice, war, exploitation, privilege, ...

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Learning the Language of Faith

A Reflection on John 6:66-69 66 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. 67 So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?”68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and know that ...

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Sacred Rest for a Weary World

Have you ever noticed that rhythm is a sign of life? You know, there’s an old, old poem – a song really – that tells of this ancient rhythm. It goes like this… In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.           And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And there was evening, and there ...

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#Social: The Political Community

While our allegiance to God takes precedence over our allegiance to any state, we acknowledge the vital function of government as a principal vehicle for the ordering of society. Because we know ourselves to be responsible to God for social and political life.  There are two topics that are quite controversial in my family: religion and politics. One I am ...

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#Social: The Economic Community

We claim all economic systems to be under the judgment of God no less than other facets of the created order. Therefore, we recognize the responsibility of governments to develop and implement sound fiscal and monetary policies that provide for the economic life of individuals and corporate entities and that ensure full employment and adequate incomes with a minimum of ...

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Redeeming the Time in Youth Ministry

So much of Christian ministry is about stewardship. The stewardship of gifts. The stewardship of relationships. The stewardship of bodies. The stewardship of time. All of life is a gift from God and all of life should be returned to God as an act of worship. Of course, some of these areas are easier to dedicate to God than others. ...

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#Social: The Social Community

The rights and privileges a society bestows upon or withholds from those who comprise it indicate the relative esteem in which that society holds particular persons and groups of persons. We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the ...

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#Social: The Nurturing Community

The community provides the potential for nurturing human beings into the fullness of their humanity. We believe we have a responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals. Primary for us is the gospel understanding that all persons are important—because they are human beings created by God and ...

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