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Building A Philosophy of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 2

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

  This week I want to outline Principles #2 & #3 for a Philosphy of Sustainable Youthwork. Although it may sound a little bit like #1 “Youthwork is Family Based” (from last week) the secondary characteristic of a Sustainable Model is that “Youthwork is Congregational”. Youthwork belongs to God through the ministry of God’s whole Church. Youthwork is the responsibility ...

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Building A Philosophy of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 1

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

I want to share with you part of my work over the last several years with graduate students in Youth Ministry that are part of the Perkins School of Theology’s Certification Classes held each January during PSYM.  This has been a long process for me personally starting my first year of Youth Ministry when Rev. Walt Marcum convinced me I ...

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7 Slow Ways To Listen Well

7 Ways to Listen Well

With all the recent talk in the United Methodist Church about splits and schism I am reminded why a primary skill in Youth Ministry is the well-honed ability to truly listen to what other people are saying.  Youth ministers get this better than anybody in the church.  We listen to parents, youth, volunteers, staff, community leaders, coaches, teachers, spouses, and ...

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I Hope You Dance

I have a youthworker friend who has had grandchildren of former youth in his youth group.  I have another youthworker friend whose grandson is a youthworker as well.  I had lunch the other day with one of my favorite youth who is in her 40s now.  Another youthworker friend of mine was telling me about being at a meeting and ...

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7 Slow Ways To Experience Holy Week Again for the First Time

Easter is coming. Like a house motto in Game of Thrones, Christians proclaim the day of resurrection is near.  And of course it is near but I find that many of us in youth ministry may not slow down enough to experience the power of the drama of Holy Week. So, here are 7 things you could be doing: Turn ...

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Sabbath – You’re Probably Doing it Wrong

Sabbath - You're Probably Doing it Wrong

If you are like most youth workers I’ve talked to lately, you are probably not really observing Sabbath and if you are, chances are that you’re doing Sabbath all wrong anyway.  I’ve asked several youthworker colleagues lately what they do to observe Sabbath. After the blank stares and questioning looks, here are the typical answers I’ve heard: “I look at ...

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7 Slow Ways To Work With Parents

7 Slow Ways To Work With Parents

When I started in youth ministry, I was told in various ways that one of the main goals was to get youth away from their parents because then we could really do some spiritual good.  Some para-church organizations still promote this idea.  So let me start by saying that always felt wrong to me.  At the same time, I realize ...

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What I Learned at Perkins School of Youth Ministry 2014

What I Learned In Certification My First Year

It is that time of year again.  The time where I assess what I got out of my favorite training event for youthworkers.  PSYM has been around for 26 years.  One of the founders, my friend Rev. Walt Marcum still teaches.  I wasn’t there at the start but I got there as soon as I could.  So after 23 years, ...

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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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