Youth Ministry

The Wannas vs. The Havetas

This article was originally published September 12, 2011. I had a conversation recently with a middle school principal. He was talking about the difficulty of the transition from elementary school for the students as well as the parents. For the students, the challenge is the switch from an almost embryonic environment where they’re surrounded all day (for the most part) ...

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Erin Sloan Jackson Named New National Director for Community and Care

It is with great excitement that I announce the addition of Erin Sloan Jackson to the Center for Youth Ministry Excellence (home of The Youthworker Movement) as our new National Director for Community and Care. Erin and I have crossed paths a number of times sharing in Youthwork together over the last decade.  What I appreciate about Erin is her ...

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Pray 21

The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence and The Youthworker Movement is honored to be asked to endorse a Prayer Initiative with our good friend Tim Eldred of Christian Endeavor International. “Tim is a personal friend and mentor.  I fully see how important this prayer initiative is in the life of Students.  I am more than happy to endorse Pray 21 ...

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NYWC 2011

YouthWorker Movement membership is not only free, it pays!  YouthWorker Movement members can save $25 on their registration at the November 2011 YouthSpecialties National Youth Workers Conventions in Atlanta.  NYWC is a great place for training, inspiration, networking, resting and fun.  While at the NYWC, be sure to check out the resources available to other Wesleyan youthworkers and volunteers.  Registration ...

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3 Tips for Clergy Transitions in Youth Ministry

Being part of the United Methodist Church there is one thing we can count on. Change… The big change marker to our church identity is the itinerant system where we move our pastors around from parish church to parish. The big plus is always that our churches identities are based on the make up of the congregation, not the personality ...

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Wild Goose Festival a final gander

**This originally posted at Youthworker Circuit Blog. Kevin headed up the Wild Goose Festival Youth Community tent where he was able to get folks like Shane Claiborne and Brian McLaren came to share with the teenagers at the event. When you get right down to it, there are more goose jokes than you might think. I came into Wild Goose ...

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How Do You Define “Effectiveness” In Your Ministry?

The new buzzword in The United Methodist Church is "effectiveness." This is as true for Youth ministry as it is for the rest of the Church. We apparently live close enough to Business Schools that we want tools and formulas by which such effectiveness can be measured (or perhaps we have just all Good to Great)...

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Mission Trip Planning – It’s Time!

So it’s almost November and you are beginning to settle in to the rhythm of Fall. You have your Fall programs started and planned out (hopefully through the end of the year!). And it’s too early to worry about Summer yet, right? Wrong!

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