Tag Archives: kevin alton

3 quick back-to-school reminders

Hooray, school! As we return to another school year together, we wanted to offer 3 quick reminders that will ease the months to come: 1. Download your local school calendars. Most things stay the same, but sometimes things change. Don’t get caught off-guard by a new holiday schedule or snow days padding a president’s birthday. Sports schedules are a good ...

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SPARK Youth Ministry Conference January 8-15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas

I am very excited to announce that the Youthworker Movement team in partnership with Southwestern College, The Institute for Discipleship, Be A Disciple, The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence, Youthworker Circuit, CircuitWriter Media LLC, MethoBlog, Duke Divinity School, Kessler Park UMC, and The Foundation For Ministry Excellence; is launching a brand new affordable Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas which ...

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5 quick tips for going on vacation


  It does happen from time to time. We all know the double work that occurs before you take time off, especially if you’re trying to string together a few days away. It usually results in a soul-crushing couple of days beforehand of trying to remember who needs to know what followed by a laundry-til-midnight packing session. Don’t do that ...

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Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder

  So last spring I led a breakout session titled “Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder” at Faith Forward, a terrific new children & youth ministry conference in Nashville, TN. There are great, great minds from ministry and all things spiritual involved and I’m excited to be a part of it. The outline for my talk got upended the week before ...

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3 takeaways from a 30 HR Famine

Our youth group participated in a WorldVision 30 HR Famine during Holy Week. Our kids stopped eating just after lunch on Thursday, then came to the church after our Recovery service had ended that night. We played a few of the event games then got up in the morning and played a few more. For about 3.5 hours of the ...

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3 quick tips for honoring your high school seniors

It’s April, so it’s barely still not-to-late to think about how you’re sending off your seniors this year. Honestly, this is one of my least favorite youth ministry practices. Youth Sunday/luncheon/slideshow/newsletter/Bibles/gifts/bearhugs is just one of those things that OCD will never let you believe you got right. You forgot somebody. Someone’s invite got lost in the mail and they don’t ...

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Upgrading your youth ministry spam filter

Part of what I do as senior writer/editor here at YWM (between answering Charles’ & Erin’s fan emails) is moderating comments on our site. I’m sure there are other sites where that’s a pretty exciting job; unfortunately you all are pretty intelligent and well-rounded individuals that play nice in the comment sections so mostly for us that involves simply clicking ...

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Faith Forward: a new direction for children & youth ministry

Faith Forward

  I’m excited to say that I’ll be presenting in a breakout session for this relatively new conversation of a new way forward for children and youth ministry. (I believe mine is called “Stop Being the Answer” if you should decide to register.) It’s an event that our friend Brian McLaren introduced us to a couple of years ago in ...

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Failing Through Lent

I’m blowing it more than usual this year. It’s weird. On one hand, I’m more or less ignoring everything I said I was going to do this year during Lent. Rather than fast from anything this year, I decided to take on a couple of practices as we move toward Easter. It was a great idea, at least in theory. ...

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