Tag Archives: ministry

7 Ways to Start Well

Greetings in the Name of Christ Jesus! I am so glad to be writing all of you today and I hope you all are doing well in youth ministry wherever you are. It’s another year for all of us in ministry wherever we are and wherever we find ourselves. There are always people somewhere in the world that are starting ...

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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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Incoming and Outgoing

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

If your youth ministry is anything like the one that I lead at FUMC in Cleburne, TX then you are actively in the transitioning season. This time is also called Graduation. It is always a great time of celebration from both sides of this, but what I would like to bring to you today is connecting how students are brought ...

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A Practical Look: Nurture and Mission of the Church

Sanctification and Perfection

Finally, we emphasize the nurturing and serving function of Christian fellowship in the Church. The personal experience of faith is nourished by the worshiping. For Wesley there is no religion by t social religion, no holiness but social holiness. The communal forms of faith in the Wesleyan tradition not only promote personal growth; they also equip and mobilize us for ...

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A Practical Look: Mission and Service

Sanctification and Perfection

We insist that personal salvation always involves Christian mission and service to the world. By joining heart and hand, we assert that personal religion, evangelical witness, and Christian social action and reciprocal and mutually reinforcing. Scriptural holiness entails more than personal piety; love of God is always linked with love of neighbor, a passion for justice and renewal in the ...

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A Practical Look: Faith and Good Works

Sanctification and Perfection

Good morning from Cleburne, TX! I am so glad to be writing you today and continuing our blog series on “A Practical Look at the Wesleyan Distinctive Emphases.” Let’s take a look at what the Book of Discipline says about Faith and Good Works. We see God’s grace and human activity working together in the relationship of faith and good ...

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A Practical Look – Justification and Assurance

Sanctification and Perfection

  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! I am so excited to be writing again to you about our Wesleyan Distinctives. Last week was about Prevenient Grace and how its kinda like chips and salsa. If you missed that post click here to catch up. This week we will continue on to ...

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Would You Give Up Your Bed Tonight … If Doing So Could Change Someone’s Life?

Sleep Out for Youth Oasis   Imagine you are twelve to seventeen years old and you have nowhere to sleep tonight.  Imagine that you haven’t had a proper meal in a very long time.  That is exactly the thing we asked nineteen teens from the Baton Rouge District of the Louisiana Annual Conference to do on Friday, March 27th.  We ...

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A Practical Look – Being Practically Preventible

  Grace. It’s a core part of who we are as United Methodists and personally as followers of Jesus Christ. As we begin to look at what it means to teach about Prevenient Grace in our youth ministries let’s look at what it says in our Book of Discipline. Prevenient Grace – We acknowledge God’s prevenient grace, the divine love that ...

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Wesleyan Distinctives: A Practical Look

For several years now I have had a nickname, The Methodork. Contrary to popular belief this was not a name that I gave myself, it was a name that youth of the Central Texas Conference referred to me as. I think and hope that I was referred to as The Methodork because a deep passion of mine is our rich Wesleyan ...

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