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Sabbath – You’re Probably Doing it Wrong

Sabbath - You're Probably Doing it Wrong

If you are like most youth workers I’ve talked to lately, you are probably not really observing Sabbath and if you are, chances are that you’re doing Sabbath all wrong anyway.  I’ve asked several youthworker colleagues lately what they do to observe Sabbath. After the blank stares and questioning looks, here are the typical answers I’ve heard: “I look at ...

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7 Slow Ways To Work With Parents

7 Slow Ways To Work With Parents

When I started in youth ministry, I was told in various ways that one of the main goals was to get youth away from their parents because then we could really do some spiritual good.  Some para-church organizations still promote this idea.  So let me start by saying that always felt wrong to me.  At the same time, I realize ...

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What I Learned at Perkins School of Youth Ministry 2014

What I Learned In Certification My First Year

It is that time of year again.  The time where I assess what I got out of my favorite training event for youthworkers.  PSYM has been around for 26 years.  One of the founders, my friend Rev. Walt Marcum still teaches.  I wasn’t there at the start but I got there as soon as I could.  So after 23 years, ...

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3 “Aha!” Moments I Didn’t Expect to Teach at Perkins School of Youth Ministry

  Ever had an aha moment?  An “aha moment” is defined as “a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension,” according to Merriam-Webster.  I remember exactly where I was driving in my car when I had that crazy aha moment and realized as a young sales professional that not every adult wants to spend their free time volunteering ...

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3 Stupid Mistakes that Kill Your Parent Reputation

How to Make a Seamless Pastor Transition

One of the hardest things about being a youth minister is moving between drastically different subcultures and generations.  In one week you may be participating or leading a group of adult leaders, sixth graders, seniors in high school, and business leaders on your board.  Navigating these can be difficult, and too often I have seen, and sad to say committed, ...

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What You Believe Doesn’t Matter

What You Believe Doesn't Matter

What you say you believe doesn’t really matter does it? At least not in words… How you live is way more interesting, revealing, and truth-telling.  Why, then, do we say things to students/youth like, “You have to decide what you believe for yourself.  That is the most important thing.”  Shouldn’t we encourage them to practice their faith instead of practicing ...

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7 Quick Tips to Communicate Like A Youth Ministry Professional

This is the second article in a series about being more professional in the context of youth ministry.  The article series was inspired by a youth worker who voiced his concern at a recent conference about the lack of respect youth workers receive as a profession.  On one hand, it seems at times that youthworkers are viewed as glorified babysitters ...

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7 Quick Tips to Look Like A Youth Ministry Professional

First Impressions in Youth Ministry

Over the next few weeks I will tackle different aspects about what it means to be a professional in the context of youth ministry. There are a lot of conflicting rules and expectations that people have of you, and I hope to provide a framework and some guidance that will allow you meet the unspoken but reasonable expectations that parents ...

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