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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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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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Why Purity Rings Don’t Work (and How to Fix It)

Purity Ring and Youth Ministry

Take your pick of teen sex curriculum for churches and you will find a common outcome for the majority of them: a purity pledge often accompanied by a purity ring.  Since this focus has been so widespread and been going on for so long, we have more than what we need for a scientific study on its effectiveness. You probably ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 6

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first seven principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic and Holistic. This week we move onto two more that go hand-in-hand: Principle # 8 – Youthwork is Bible Based You might be surprised at how often I heard critical negative feedback when I mention the Bible in Youthwork. I truly ...

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Everybody loves free curriculum.

  So let’s give everybody some. One of our sessions at YS’ National Youth Worker Convention in Nashville resurrected a old idea we had and shelved a few years ago. We’re all aware of the limited flow of Wesleyan content for our youth rooms; there are less than a handful of entities producing any. Then we realized that within the ...

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Join Us @ NYWC for Youthworker Movement Seminars on Friday and Saturday!

  The Youthworker Movement Team is so excited to be holding our first ever general membership meeting thanks to the generosity of Youth Specialties!  If you will be in Nashville at NYWC this weekend plan to join us once a day and still take advantage of all the other great stuff happening during all the other times of the convention. ...

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3 Quick Youth Challenges to Bring the Thanks and the Giving Back to Thanksgiving

  The jack-o’-lanterns and costumes have been put away, the candy bowls are slowly emptying…it must be time for Christmas, right?  The stores are filled with garlands and Christmas carols, the pre-Christmas sales are beginning.   Let’s face it, this is a busy time of year and it is tempting to rush through the holidays.  Before we get ahead of ...

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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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10 Quick-Prep Activities for Super-Small Groups

Can you have fun and learn about God with just a couple of people? Whether you’re a big church youth group leader looking to make things smaller and more personal through small groups, or it just happens that on Wednesday only 2-3 youth showed up, or your entire youth group qualifies as a single “small group” at best, everyone can ...

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Wanting To Want To Read The Bible

A few weeks ago I had a discussion with the Youth Group I work with about reading the Bible.  They all agreed that reading the Bible was an important thing to do yet they also said that it was difficult to actually do on their own. I asked why? “It is sort of complicated and confusing” “I am too busy ...

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