Tag Archives: ministry

Shutting My Political Pie Hole

Please repeat after me: Jesus is not an American. Jesus is not a Republican. Jesus is not a Democrat. Please feel free to repeat as necessary. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about the role of the pastor in a politically heated climate. I believe firmly that there is a key feature of how all ...

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An Insider’s Look at the Outsider

 “I haven’t done that in a while”, I said as my wife and I left the worship service.  We had just finished worshiping at a local United Methodist Church and were leaving the sanctuary.  As my wife exited the sanctuary, she turned right down the hallway.  “Okay, you go that way and I’ll go get our daughter”, I said jokingly. ...

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Kickoff Your Fall with Youth Disciple Online

Do you have youth in your group that are ready for digging deeper into Scripture? Is it a challenge to plan a Bible study that fits into your already-full youth ministry calendar? Do you have members of your youth ministry that would participate if only they had a transportation available? Or would you like to connect with another youth ministry ...

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Failing Forward

We are not a culture that tolerates failure. From a young age we are constantly encouraged to be the best.  Whether it be our workplace, academic setting, or sports team, we are given high, almost  unattainable expectations of success. This even happens in our churches.  Often people are given leadership roles with unattainably high expectations with little training or support. ...

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Hunger Games – Violence – A Different World

My nine-year old wanted to read the Hunger Games last spring when all the hub-bub about the books and the movie came out.  I had heard mixed reviews and hesitated about letting her read the book and watch the movie, so we made a deal that we would read it together.  Between my classes, work and paper-writing I picked up ...

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Youth Praise Band: Working with What You’ve Got

I received some positive feedback from my previous post about the songs we sing and music we use in youth worship times, so this post will continue in that vein. Today I’m thinking back on when I first started leading music for a youth ministry.  I was a high school student learning the guitar and how to sing and play at ...

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Study the Bible in Three Questions

Studying the Bible can be intimidating. Not only is it by far the largest book most people pick up, but it was originally communicated to people who lived between 2,000 and 7,000 years ago (give or take a grand). Though I love to use outside resources, devotions, and study guides, it’s nice to have a simple tool to help you ...

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Jesus warning: not safe for consumption

Christian discipleship fascinates me. I’ve been pretty steadily in the habit of blaming poor discipleship on the general laziness of most participants. But lately I’m starting to see our lack of dedication as a larger, systemic, and mostly American byproduct of our spectator culture. We’ve become experts at belief & support without knowledge or participation. We don’t go to war; ...

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3 Smart Reasons to Offer Youth Disciple Online

Beginning August 1, Youth Disciple Bible Study Online  (YDO) will be launched as part of a partnership between the Institute for Discipleship and The YouthWorker Movement.  This is a 32 week online course of the in-depth and popular Disciple Bible study tailored for youth ministry.  Ideal for student ministry, YDO has a flexible schedule that can be tweaked and worked ...

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asked and answered

I’m on an youth trip, a middle school missions shindig at Camp Lookout, a Holston Conference UMC camp in Rising Fawn, GA. I love going on trips with several other churches, partly to hear all of the incredible questions asked by kids on trips. You can learn a lot about a leader by the answers given to some of the ...

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