Tag Archives: news

The Deception of the Deep-Web

Is The Deep Web the Newest Trend and Should I Care? If you are an active participant in the world wide web, you are participating in approximately 1% of the internet.  This includes Google, Bing, Yahoo, Facebook, Amazon, ebay, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, etc. For most people, our daily searching, emails, shopping and internet habits are found on the very surface ...

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Lenten Devo: Are You Near Giving Up?

Experiencing Hell In Youth Ministry

Job Chapter 1:20-22 Common English Bible (CEB) 20Job arose, tore his clothes, shaved his head, fell to the ground, and worshipped. 21He said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb; naked I will return there. The Lord has given; the Lord has taken; bless the Lord’s name.” 22In all this, Job didn’t sin or blame God. Have you ever been ...

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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 membership.  ...

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General Conference 2012: iOS app review

In my quest to be a good United Methodist, I have been spending time here and there over the last several weeks getting up to date on all of what is up for vote and debate, but it wasn’t until this afternoon that I realized there was a great iOS app that would take care of a lot of what ...

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Are Vital Congregations Metrics DOA with One Word?

I was reading through the Call to Action, or maybe some other code word for a report that was on the vitalcongregations website a few months back, and something struck me as I read about the drivers and metrics and so on. The Bureaucracy Virus First, I think it is great that the UMC is at least making an attempt ...

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United Methodists Garner Highest Favorability Score

December 8, 2011 Press Release from umcom.org: About 62% of adult Americans have a favorable impression of United Methodists. That’s according to a  new survey from LifeWay Research  that looks at perceptions of faith groups among adults in the U.S. United Methodists had the highest percentage of favorable impressions among the faith groups included in the survey – Roman Catholics, Southern Baptists, ...

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the death of the buddy youthworker

This article was originally published November 15, 2011. It goes without saying that youth ministry is always changing. (Oops. Well, it would have.) I grew up in the land of the forgotten nightmares of Unsafe Sanctuaries. “Chubby Bunny” was the least of our worries. Our adults were encouraged to take kids off alone; we’d go fishing in the middle of ...

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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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Dallas GiveCamp Recap

Last weekend, IT developers and consultants from North Texas gave back to the community by volunteering their entire weekend locked in an office building coding for charity.  The YouthWorker Movement was honored to be selected as one of 13 charities for this weekend.  In just 46 hours, teams created and revamped websites, and in our case, created a new development ...

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YouthWorker Movement teams up with Dallas GiveCamp

  This weekend, YouthWorker Movement will be teaming up with Dallas GiveCamp to develop exciting new tools and website enhancements.  In a nutshell, GiveCamp is when programmer IT types donate a weekend of their time and talents to nonprofits.  We are going to wait until after the weekend to reveal our projects – so stay tuned.  In the meantime, we ...

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