Tag Archives: books

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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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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Divergent in Five Minutes (Spoilers!)

Divergent in Five Minutes (Spoilers!)

Another insanely popular teen novel is being made into a movie much to the delight of your reading teens and their non reading friends who are ready to see what their friends have been gushing about for the past couple of years.  The goal here is to give you an overview of the book and some talking points with students ...

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The Birth of The Messiah

I really like reading the Bible.  I find my faith grows as I read devotionally, as I read in community with others in a study, and as I read while exploring great scholarship so that I can grasp the context and meaning at deeper levels.  During Advent this year I am working with both adults and youth thinking through the ...

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Interview with Brian McLaren

Brian McClaren on Youth Ministry

I had the pleasure of interviewing Brian for his last book, Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In Twelve Simple Words, a conversation that led ultimately to a Youthworker Circuit curriculum for the same book and a ministry tool designed to help leaders discover the spiritual season where each of their youth finds themselves at the moment–it’s been a fascinating ...

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Book Review: Taking Theology to Youth Ministry

It’s both comforting and annoying when you read a book and get a sense that the author jumped in your head and thought your thoughts for you, but that’s how it went for me when I read Andrew Root’s new book, “Taking Theology to Youth Ministry” If you’re not familiar with Dr. Andrew Root, well, let’s just say he’s a ...

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Kickoff Your Fall with Youth Disciple Online

Do you have youth in your group that are ready for digging deeper into Scripture? Is it a challenge to plan a Bible study that fits into your already-full youth ministry calendar? Do you have members of your youth ministry that would participate if only they had a transportation available? Or would you like to connect with another youth ministry ...

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Hunger Games – Violence – A Different World

My nine-year old wanted to read the Hunger Games last spring when all the hub-bub about the books and the movie came out.  I had heard mixed reviews and hesitated about letting her read the book and watch the movie, so we made a deal that we would read it together.  Between my classes, work and paper-writing I picked up ...

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