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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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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Becoming Ordained for Youth Ministry

Are Methodists Lazy?

I am often asked why I would want to go to seminary or be ordained when I could do youth ministry without going through all that.   What a fair question.  If we’re honest, youth ministry is often treated like the “training wheels ministry” that people do during seminary on their way to become “real” pastors.  So why would someone ...

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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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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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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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Think Globally, Act Locally: Exploring Missions with SIFAT Learn & Serve

It’s well known that youth often return from short-term mission trips with changed hearts and perspectives on the world.  And the effect isn’t only on youth: interacting with people in different cultures and societies can help anyone open their eyes to the beauty—and needs—of the people of the world. But what happens when your youth group isn’t able to travel ...

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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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