Tag Archives: Erin Sloan Jackson

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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Introducing Community and Care Groups for Youth Worker Movement Members

Update:  Want to get involved on the ground floor of transforming youth ministry?  Realizing that you need a supportive network of fellow youthworkers in your corner?   Now is the perfect time to commit to better self-care and better networking in youth ministry.  YWM Community and Care Groups will begin meeting weekly starting next week, January 27, 2014.  Our first ...

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What I Learned at the National Youth Workers Convention

  It was a great honor to be a part of The Youthworker Movement’s Seminars at NYWC in Nashville.  I appreciate the partnership with the good folks at Youth Specialties especially my friend Mark Matlock but most importantly Mindi Godfrey who made it possible to live out the vision of allowing us time and space to meet with our general ...

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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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The 4 Types of Volunteers and How You Should Manage Them

Erin Jackson Sharing Ideas

Are you a youth director wondering what your volunteers are really thinking?  For over a decade, I was on the church staff member side of the equation…now I love my role as a youth ministry volunteer.  The perspective of a youth director’s primary job is different on this side…whether you realize it or not, the most effective youth directors understand ...

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I love you, Lord…but I AM MAD AT YOU!

How to Be Angry at God

Are we failing the students in our youth ministry by teaching them to be too polite to God? I recently visited a different mainline church’s youth group program.  During the lesson time, the youth pastor asked the opening question, “What are different ways we can pray?”  The room contained a wide range of students from goofy 6th grade boys to ...

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May #YouthMinPhoto Challenge Top 10 Photos Announced

May Photo Challenge

Last month we challenged youth and youthworkers alike to capture the life of Youth Ministry through Instagram and Twitter pictures with the hashtag #youthminphoto.  Through this photo challenge, people from around the country added their pictures to the mix on topics like “Wonder,” “Possibility” and “Light,” tweeting them to us with the @ywmovement tag. What we learned is that there is ...

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#YouthMinPhoto Challenge Update: Top Pics for Week 2

Photo Challenge

What does Youth Ministry look like when we capture it in photos?  This Month we’re having fun with a Youth Ministry Photo a Day Challenge to try to figure that out. Here’s how it works: Each day of the month has a different topic for your photos – for example on Day 14 the word is “Friend”.  To participate as a ...

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#YouthMinPhoto Challenge Update – Top Photos for Week 1

May Photo Challenge

Last week we kicked off the Youth Ministry Photo Challenge for the month of May. Here’s how it works: Each day of the month has a different topic for your photos – for example on Day 8 the word is “Beautiful”.  To participate as a youth ministry, pass the list on to your friends and youth group members, post it ...

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