Tag Archives: basics

Getting By – Does “C” Still Mean “Average”?

Last night our youth did another night of 3 Questions, a conversational family program I started this year. (If you’re unfamiliar with the format for 3 Questions, you can read about it [HERE].) One of the questions asked by the dads in the room was, “What about life is too hard for teens and what is too easy?” Nice and ...

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Generational Shift Can Lead to Missional Drift

Recently, I’ve heard a few things said about “what needs to be done in Youth Ministry” that cause me to say “Oh really?” in my best sincere and slightly sarcastic tone.  In case you didn’t know, sarcasm is definitely a fatal flaw in Youthwork so it should be used sparingly unless you are a Jedi level Sarcastinator. Statement #1- “We ...

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Owning Up to Your Mistakes

I Blew It. (sky-punch.) Owning your mistakes is a hard, hard business. Depending upon your ministry context, your large and small failures probably have a variation of immediate impact, eventual consequences, or, most mysteriously, the occasional ability to dissolve and vanish completely. “We never did find that 9th grader at Six Flags, but oddly enough no one ever brought it ...

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Articulating Faith

ARTICULATING FAITH: Thoughts on “What do you believe? American Teenagers, Spirituality, and Freedom of Religion,” a video by Sarah Feinbloom Written by Amy Valdez Barker   “A compelling educational peacemaking film without being didactic, sectarian, or doctrinaire. Every public school, congregation and youth program in the country should have a copy of it.”   Rev. Paul Chaffee, Director Interfaith Center ...

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Youth Ministry Workshop at Southwestern College in Winfield Kansas

Do you work with youth at your church?  Have you ever wondered . . . What does effective youth ministry look like? What does John Wesley’s theology have to offer a  contemporary context for youthwork?  Join us Saturday, Oct. 1 at Southwestern College for a workshop and luncheon for area youth workers. When Grace is The Chauffeur: A Wesleyan Model ...

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3 Simple Ways NOT to Start Youth Group this Fall

Having done a dumb thing or three in Youth Ministry over the years has led me to consider 3 Simple Ways NOT to start Youth Group in the fall.  Maybe you’ve been there, maybe you just did this, or maybe you are about to do this and I can save you a future confessional moment. #1 “Don’t tell anybody what ...

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Mission Trip Fundraising

So you have started planning your mission trip. You know about how many youth will go on the trip, you have your week reserved at the location of your choice, and you have a budget. Good for you!  Now, how will you pay for the trip?  That’s what this article is all about!  (If you don’t have the initial planning ...

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Struggles from the Field

I don’t know a youthworker that doesn’t struggle with making time for their personal spirituality. Full-time youthworkers are immersed in lesson preparation and all things “Christian,” creating a placebo effect of spirituality-by-osmosis. We believe our relationship with God is intact; how could it not be?...

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