Whether it’s navigating a sea of acronyms like UMYF, BOD, SPR, GBHEM and UMCOR, or understanding the distinctions between ordained elders, deacons and acolytes, United Methodist youth workers share a lot of the same challenges and blessings. Being connectional is a gift we can leverage by sharing thoughts and ideas. Even though our specific situations differ – rural, urban, suburban, big or small church – we can all benefit from each other.
With that in mind, we are excited to introduce a new forum brought to you from the friendly folks at YouthWorker Movement and Youthworker Circuit – a new website called www.unitedmethodistyouthministry.org.
So far the conversations have been about:
- Atlanta YS Convention
- The TUFF STUFF – dealing with racism in your youth ministry
- Does ‘fellowship’ have a role?
- Incarnational/Pragmatic Youth Program
- Teaching 3 Simple Rules – Wesleyan Way of Living
- How to Teach the “Means of Grace”
- What Makes Your Youth Ministry “United Methodist”?
- Can you have UM Youth Ministry in a church that has forgotten its roots?
- Trusted resources for UM Youth Ministry
- Why are you a UM Youth Worker?
- Teaching confirmation to youth
Erin Jackson is National Director – Community & Care for the Center of Youth Ministry Excellence and the YouthWorker Movement. She is a veteran & certified youthworker as well, and loving her current role as a volunteer Senior High Bible Study teacher. She lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband Dennis, three kids and a dog. She can be found blogging at http://umyouthworker.com/