Youth Ministry

halfway home

I’ve been asked to offer a mid-Lent reflection on my particular journey through this season. I’ve been blogging at www.kevinalton.com where I know I have a smaller audience, but that’s partly also why. In person I’ve been pretty good about not talking about it much and most of the “hey, Stinky” jokes have subsided in the halls of the church ...

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Nine Secrets of a Name Knowing Ninja

It’s the worst.  The student walking up to you has been coming to youth group on and off for about a year…and you just completely blanked out on her name. “Hi, you! How’s it going?” you say awkwardly. “You forgot my name, didn’t you?” Gah!  Busted. (her name was Monica, by the way, and I didn’t forget it after that.) ...

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Duke Youth Academy Invites Applicants for Youth Ministry Fellowship

The Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation (DYA) invites youth workers interested in exploring innovative youth ministry practices to apply for a Duke youth ministry fellowship.  Fellows typically possess undergraduate degrees and have fewer than five years of experience in a church setting. Fellows have the opportunity to learn from internationally acclaimed Divinity School faculty, to reflect together on the ...

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SURGE into Missions 2012 at Lake Junaluska

Let us work for the good of all!                                               SURGE into Missions gives youth groups the opportunity to serve others while experiencing dynamic worship and relevant programming. Our theme this summer is Galatians 6:9-10: “So let us not ...

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The War on Stopping Kony

I don’t remember where I first saw the KONY2012 video posted, but within a few minutes it had popped up a dozen places in my social media feeds so it doesn’t really matter which was first. I’ve been ignoring Invisible Children for years. Not intentionally; my only point of contact with them was the stack of glossy-brochured support-this/buy-this onslaught in ...

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RIP the Church Building

Rest in Peace the Church Building

I woke up with a ton of thoughts in this area, and wanted to try and capture some of them. I think there is a big split coming in the way most folks will experience church, and I think the two ways will become increasingly dissimilar. That’s my premise. By that I mean, that the small 100 person small town ...

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Promise 7: Celebrate Your Ministry

Over the last few weeks, we have been examining the 7 promises of the We Love Our Youth Worker Covenant, an agreement between covenant churches and their employee-youth workers.  This week we are going to delve into Promise 7 – a promise about celebrating the youth ministry of your church. From the church’s point of view, the church says, We ...

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Are You a Small Church One-Eared Mickey Mouse?

When I first heard that term, I had no clue what this guy (Jeff Dunn Rankin, VP of Youth Ministry Architects) was talking about. The phrase sounded both creepy and sad. He even had a picture to go w/ it of the outline of Mickey with an ear missing. Here’s how he ‘splained it to me: “You see, many youth ...

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Considering Ordination? What you need to know first.

I’ve been in the process of becoming Ordained on the United Methodist Church for about 9 years now. I still find myself answering questions on a regular basis about the process and the titles and what it all means. So this article is an attempt to explain some of the process and fancy words that our church uses to talk ...

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How to Kill Dodgeball

When I first came to my church, I discovered, much to my dismay, that the favorite past-time of the youth was playing dodgeball. Having played the game in the past, I figured that it couldn’t be too bad when played during youth. After all, we are a church group, right? Surely they would play it in a loving way. Boy ...

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