Tag Archives: Parents

How to Not Eat Pizza for 2 Months

Feeding the masses at your youth group gathering but out of fresh menu ideas?  Meal planning for a retreat?  Or are you looking for an easy menu list to pass out to the parents who graciously volunteered to make snack supper for the youth group? It’s okay to admit it – are you just plain tired of pizza?  Try these ...

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Jesus the Purple Dinosaur?

My daughter is a toddler.  You know what that means?  Endless amounts of children’s programming.  To the disgust of my wife and I, our daughter has developed a little bit of a Dino-crush on that big purple dinosaur we all know so well. Barney has become a fixture in our home.  Our once peaceful abode is now overrun with Barney ...

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Does length really matter?

How long should a series be in youth ministry? All year long? 3 weeks? 6 weeks? Best of 7? I have always struggled with advanced planning. Early in my youth ministry career as a volunteer I hated the perpetual roll-over of content and curriculum. If you’re averaging 4-6 weeks in a series, the moment you begin you’re already looking for ...

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things that last

This is a re-post of a blog I wrote for Youthworker Circuit on July 10, 2012. We don’t re-post a lot, but this one seemed like it might be worth passing along: This is going to bump around a bit and then come together at the end. Over the past few years I’ve brought a social media/marketing-minded lover of theology ...

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your five best friends in youth ministry

The relationships you form in youth ministry are arguably the most important part of doing your job well. It’s critical to healthy ministry to look beyond the obvious relationships–parents, chaperones, the youth themselves–and develop intentional relationships in other areas that will build communication and support within your church & community. This isn’t by any means a complete list; feel free ...

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The End of Youth Ministry

The End of Youth Ministry

OK I know that sounds a little dramatic.  Let me start Micro and move towards Meta.  I also really want your input, so this is a conversation starter.  Here it goes: Well for about two weeks now I have become the acting Children’s Ministry Director at the Church where I am doing Interim Youth Ministry. They are doing some budget ...

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Equipping Parents to Pass Faith on to Their Children

Spiritual formation begins in the home.  Well, that’s at least according to the way Susannah Wesley raised her children.  I believe that many of our U.M. Churches have relinquished this responsibility in equipping, encouraging and preparing parents to intentionally pass on spirituality and the language of the Christian faith to their children.  That’s not to say that there aren’t some ...

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God Created Rebels (or Why Kony 2012 Works)

Your phone rings right after the youth event is over.  It’s a mom.  She reads to you from the same script again, “My son/daughter is making everything so hard.  We’ve been arguing non-stop, and today I found out that he/she has been smoking/drinking/sneaking out/insert rebellious action here.”  You console; you offer reassurances, but the bottom line is: teens are rebellious. ...

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3 Ways to Make Your Youth Ministry Matter

I’ve been told by well-intentioned youth and parents, “I  will be at UMY if there is nothing on my  schedule.”  Really?  Is that supposed to make me feel better?  You’ll be at UMY if you have absolutely nothing better to do?  Thanks…I think. We all experience it. Every week thousands of members of youth groups choose to participate in activities ...

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Promise 5: Share Responsibility and Ask for Help

Valentines Wesley Style

The to-do list for the Youth Valentine’s Dinner and Auction event I inherited was extremely detailed and even divided into subcategories – things to do for the meal itself, for promoting the event, for decorating, for soliciting donations, for organizing the youth, for ticket sales, for setting up and for cleaning up…you get the idea.  In fact, when printed out, ...

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