Tag Archives: discipleship

How Can This Be Done?

Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets[a] cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but a creditor has come to take my two children as slaves.” 2 Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the ...

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Who Is In Your Dust?

“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;     I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 I recently rewatched the Rob Bell Nooma series video 008 called “Dust.” In the video, Rob describes an important part of discipleship in the cultural context of Jesus and the disciples. In that time period, Jesus was ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 10

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

This week ends our summer series on Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork.  Our hope is that you can use all 13 principles as you shape ministry over the next school year.  In prior weeks we have focused on the first twelve principles: Youthwork is – Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential, Youth-led, Utilizes Open-ended Discussion ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 3

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

  Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here This week we will explore two very interrelated  principles of sustainable youthwork: Youthwork is Discipling and Youthwork is Missional. Principle # 4 – Youthwork is Discipling Youthwork is 1) Family Based, 2) Congregational, 3) Relational and 4) Youthwork is Discipling!  Youthwork is never about keeping Young People busy or giving Parents a ...

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teaching a mystery

I’m obsessed at the moment with how we’re passing down our faith. And dissatisfied. I’m not of the opinion that we should kick all of our traditions and beliefs and means of confirmation and discipleship to the curb. But I think we need to be willing to admit to ourselves and even the kids that for all of our definition ...

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5 ways that Grand Theft Auto 5 is making youth ministry easier

A few weeks ago Grand Theft Auto 5 landed on multiple platforms in the gaming community. Well, every community. In its first 3 days of sales, Rockstar Games allegedly hit 1.5 billion dollars in sales. Billlllion. That’s a good open. For a GDP. GTA5 represents a massive leap forward in gameplay. It’s incredible. Really. It’s also one of the most ...

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How Quitting Saved My Ministry

As of last April, I began having discussions with my Senior Pastor about attending seminary in the fall of 2012.  That gave me over an entire year to do my best to prepare the leadership teams in my youth ministry for the upcoming transition.  Over the past year, I’ve come to realize one unanticipated truth…I am more intentional when I ...

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The Summer Insanity Survival Guide (Part 1)

It’s inevitable. A horde of activity-hungry adolescents are closing in.  Soon they’ll be released from their ever-demanding schedules and let loose on an unsuspecting populus, free to roam and devolve into brainless indeterminate automatons!  It seems there’s no way to make it out alive. Unless… Unless you’re prepared for survival. And survive you must.  For the future of your ministry ...

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Teaching to (the Christian) Test

“Students these days just want the answers to the questions and they want us to give it to them.” Ask most educators and they’ll say the biggest struggle in education today is what they call “teaching to the test”.  In our current educational system with its performance-based funding, teachers are under an increasing amount of pressure to raise standardized test ...

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CYMX Partners with the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship

Bishop and Julia Wilke have spent a life-time encouraging and supporting persons doing ministry. The Institute in their name is dedicated to providing educational opportunities that nurture and enrich Christian leaders-lay and clergy-for effective living and ministry. Later this week, Charles Harrison, the CEO of the Center for Youth Ministry Excellence will be introduced to the Southwestern College Board of ...

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