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Free Weekend Retreat Curriculum on Transforming Lives

This is a series created for a weekend retreat a few years ago.  It was a great series and offered our students a chance to not only see transformation, but to also offer transformation. You could also use it as a 3 week series on transforming lives. As always the Youth Worker Movement encourages you to always review the curriculum and ...

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A Day Like Any Other

Jesus feels that the hour is approaching and goes off to pray. In John 17 we find a prayer where Jesus effectively prays for His disciples at that time, but also for the disciples that are a part of the Kingdom of God. So you could agree that Jesus was praying for you and for me. He prays that we ...

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Thin Places

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of[b] the joy that was set before him endured the ...

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Getting Parents to Show Up!

Do you have plans for an upcoming Youth and Parents meeting? Do you hope your numbers will be higher in your next meeting? Maybe you have plans that you want to share about upcoming trips, or you want to share about some great new research coming out, but whatever you may want to do, make sure that you are being ...

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Lenten Devo: Are You Near Giving Up?

Experiencing Hell In Youth Ministry

Job Chapter 1:20-22 Common English Bible (CEB) 20Job arose, tore his clothes, shaved his head, fell to the ground, and worshipped. 21He said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb; naked I will return there. The Lord has given; the Lord has taken; bless the Lord’s name.” 22In all this, Job didn’t sin or blame God. Have you ever been ...

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6 Tips to Manage Conflict with Students

“I’m going to need you to go sit with them again,” I whispered into the ear of one of my adult volunteers as I walked up to the stage to do the weekly announcements. For what felt like the millionth time, I watched as a handful of my high school students goofed off, picked on the middle school kids, and ...

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7 Ways to Start Well

Greetings in the Name of Christ Jesus! I am so glad to be writing all of you today and I hope you all are doing well in youth ministry wherever you are. It’s another year for all of us in ministry wherever we are and wherever we find ourselves. There are always people somewhere in the world that are starting ...

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3 quick back-to-school reminders

Hooray, school! As we return to another school year together, we wanted to offer 3 quick reminders that will ease the months to come: 1. Download your local school calendars. Most things stay the same, but sometimes things change. Don’t get caught off-guard by a new holiday schedule or snow days padding a president’s birthday. Sports schedules are a good ...

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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: Nurture and Mission of the Church

Sanctification and Perfection

Finally, we emphasize the nurturing and serving function of Christian fellowship in the Church. The personal experience of faith is nourished by the worshiping. For Wesley there is no religion by t social religion, no holiness but social holiness. The communal forms of faith in the Wesleyan tradition not only promote personal growth; they also equip and mobilize us for ...

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