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Promise 6: Be Excellent to Each Other

Excellence.  This might be the most important and most difficult to define promise of the We Love Our Youth Worker (WLOYW) covenant.  Here’s what the employer promises to the youth worker: We will strive to be an excellent employer. We believe that it’s important to have clear structures and procedures for recruiting and employing a youth worker, and to provide ...

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Soul Fire: Light Your World- Session 8: Turn On Your Light- Serving, Witness, Mission & Session 9: Turn On Your Light- Faith Without Works & Action List

  Session 8: Turn On Your Light– Serving, Witness, Mission   Supplies: Camper Book, Bible, Pens, Play Dough, soft foam ball               Key Scripture: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with ...

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Promise 5: Share Responsibility and Ask for Help

Valentines Wesley Style

The to-do list for the Youth Valentine’s Dinner and Auction event I inherited was extremely detailed and even divided into subcategories – things to do for the meal itself, for promoting the event, for decorating, for soliciting donations, for organizing the youth, for ticket sales, for setting up and for cleaning up…you get the idea.  In fact, when printed out, ...

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Youth Disciple Online Facilitator Training

Starting in August 2012 Disciple Bible Study for Youth will be available on-line for Youthworkers to use with a group of High School Youth in their Church, District, Conference, Region, Community as well as there being groups that any individual Youth from anywhere in the world can sign up for. We need facilitators for every group!  This is your chance ...

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Confessions of a Youth Worker: Caring Too Much About a Job Title

Let me preface by saying that my experience as a youth worker is a part time employee and volunteer, but I have almost 10 years of experience in ministry with teenagers.  Also, I am a seminary student and preparing for ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church.  As a part of my schoolwork I’ve done an extensive study on the ...

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6 Critical Questions Parents & Teens Should Ask Today

As a former teacher-turned-youth director, I can attest to the power of sharing ideas among trusted co-workers. Why re-invent the wheel when you can “steal” great ideas from others and apply them to your own situation?  I had the opportunity to do just that recently when I sought ways to improve communication between my high school youth and their parents, ...

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Promise 4: One Day Off Every Week

Want to know something crazy?  Normal people get two days off of work every week.  Youthworkers usually get none.  Don’t think I’m right?  Check your calendar. You might be saying, “I get Mondays off” (except for those two hours of staff meeting…) Or you get Fridays off (except any weekends with a retreat or a lock-in.)  Same thing can be ...

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Soul Fire: Light Your World- Session 7: Get Your Light- Worship

                Supplies: Camper Book, Bible, Pens, Instructions for low-elements on the Bridgeport ropes course, a United Methodist Hymnal   Key Scripture: “Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God; for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting….Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to ...

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Promise 3: A Promise for Ongoing Training & Learning

This is part 3 of 7 exploring the We Love Our Youth Worker national covenant between churches and youth workers.  We Love Our Youth Worker (WLOYW), one of our partner organizations, and YouthWorker Movement both agree that healthier youth workers mean healthier youth ministries.  Healthier youth ministries mean more youth can know Christ.  The proposed WLOYW covenant commits churches and youthworkers to ...

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It Takes a Lifetime to Learn

  “So, it seems like you read a lot of books?!”  Yeah, I get that often.  My college-aged son says he was raised at “the library” and he means our home not a publicly funded book depository.  And this photo below shows you what is on my reading pile for today.  What is wrong with me anyway that rehab for ...

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