Tag Archives: movement

Free Weekend Retreat Curriculum on Transforming Lives

This is a series created for a weekend retreat a few years ago.  It was a great series and offered our students a chance to not only see transformation, but to also offer transformation. You could also use it as a 3 week series on transforming lives. As always the Youth Worker Movement encourages you to always review the curriculum and ...

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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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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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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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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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Why General Conference Matters (or should) to UMC Youthworkers

When I was in the local church, I didn’t pay much attention to General Conference – the every-four-year-mostly-legislative-meeting of United Methodist delegates to decide what would be in the next Book of Discipline. I taught about General Conference in confirmation, I read the headlines that would invariably show up in the press about the more controversial issues addressed by the ...

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The War on Stopping Kony

I don’t remember where I first saw the KONY2012 video posted, but within a few minutes it had popped up a dozen places in my social media feeds so it doesn’t really matter which was first. I’ve been ignoring Invisible Children for years. Not intentionally; my only point of contact with them was the stack of glossy-brochured support-this/buy-this onslaught in ...

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We just threw away your Wild Goose Festival discount.

On purpose. Here’s the thing. There are times in life where you need to support a thing beyond what you get from it. We kinda feel like the Youthworker Movement is one of those things. The Wild Goose Festival is definitely one of those things. The kind of thing that you should find a way to support even if you ...

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New Website is for United Methodist Youth Ministry

Whether it’s navigating a sea of acronyms like UMYF, BOD, SPR, GBHEM and UMCOR, or understanding the distinctions between ordained elders, deacons and acolytes, United Methodist youth workers share a lot of the same challenges and blessings.  Being connectional is a gift we can leverage by sharing thoughts and ideas.  Even though our specific situations differ – rural, urban, suburban, ...

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Are You Certified?

Are You Certified? The Youthworker Movement just participated in a 2-day consultation at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) in Nashville along with representatives from 10 UMC Seminaries and 3 Colleges and Universities that offer 1 or more of the classes to be certified in one of the ten specialized ministries.  Persons can be certified in: Ministry ...

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