Youth Ministry

Incoming and Outgoing

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

If your youth ministry is anything like the one that I lead at FUMC in Cleburne, TX then you are actively in the transitioning season. This time is also called Graduation. It is always a great time of celebration from both sides of this, but what I would like to bring to you today is connecting how students are brought ...

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A Practical Look – Being Practically Preventible

  Grace. It’s a core part of who we are as United Methodists and personally as followers of Jesus Christ. As we begin to look at what it means to teach about Prevenient Grace in our youth ministries let’s look at what it says in our Book of Discipline. Prevenient Grace – We acknowledge God’s prevenient grace, the divine love that ...

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Wesleyan Distinctives: A Practical Look

For several years now I have had a nickname, The Methodork. Contrary to popular belief this was not a name that I gave myself, it was a name that youth of the Central Texas Conference referred to me as. I think and hope that I was referred to as The Methodork because a deep passion of mine is our rich Wesleyan ...

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SPARK Youth Ministry Conference January 8-15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas

I am very excited to announce that the Youthworker Movement team in partnership with Southwestern College, The Institute for Discipleship, Be A Disciple, The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence, Youthworker Circuit, CircuitWriter Media LLC, MethoBlog, Duke Divinity School, Kessler Park UMC, and The Foundation For Ministry Excellence; is launching a brand new affordable Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas which ...

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Just One Part

  Youth Ministry is fun, crazy, wild, loud, quiet, reflective, and exhausting. Sometimes it can be all these things in one night, depending on the youth ministry. Just like any other ministry in the church it can drain you down very quickly if you don’t very carefully set some boundaries and invest in some self care. Let’s talk about why ...

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Where Is Your Pen?

Writing Letters as a Critical Practice to Youth Ministry

A number of years ago I began a practice during Lent to write 5 letters a day. Yes, writing letters.. Sounds crazy doesn’t it. If you want to put some stock into the youth ministry that you oversee then I’d suggest you dust off one of those pens (you know, the freebie ones that you got at the last youth ...

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a youth ministry certification journey

*Updated March 18, 2015 by author by Bradley Alexander I recently went to Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas to begin a journey towards being certified in youth ministry in the United Methodist Church. In the weeks leading up to classes I began to feel very anxious and unworthy of this calling. This feeling has some history in ...

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clearing your mind for ministry

So at the end of December, I walked out of my last youth room as a full-time local church youthworker. Or at least that’s how I’m understanding my call at the moment. (Always a good idea to keep listening.) Starting in January of 2015, I jumped off the cliff called “freelance” and, as yet, have not hit the ground. I ...

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3 Scavenger Hunt Ideas You can Use This Sunday

There’s nothing quite as fun as an old-fashioned scavenger hunt.  Ok, there’s a lot of things that fun, but it is a great way to have a good time and build relationships.  Here’s a couple of our favorites: 1. Bible Scavenger Hunt – This scavenger hunt uses Bible verses as clues.  Since these references are going to be more broad, ...

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