Tag Archives: Parents

Articulating Faith

ARTICULATING FAITH: Thoughts on “What do you believe? American Teenagers, Spirituality, and Freedom of Religion,” a video by Sarah Feinbloom Written by Amy Valdez Barker   “A compelling educational peacemaking film without being didactic, sectarian, or doctrinaire. Every public school, congregation and youth program in the country should have a copy of it.”   Rev. Paul Chaffee, Director Interfaith Center ...

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3 Simple Ways NOT to Start Youth Group this Fall

Having done a dumb thing or three in Youth Ministry over the years has led me to consider 3 Simple Ways NOT to start Youth Group in the fall.  Maybe you’ve been there, maybe you just did this, or maybe you are about to do this and I can save you a future confessional moment. #1 “Don’t tell anybody what ...

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The Wannas vs. The Havetas

This article was originally published September 12, 2011. I had a conversation recently with a middle school principal. He was talking about the difficulty of the transition from elementary school for the students as well as the parents. For the students, the challenge is the switch from an almost embryonic environment where they’re surrounded all day (for the most part) ...

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What Event?

In our conference call this Monday morning (you were asleep; we didn’t want to bother you) we were hashing through some of the unique challenges in planning ministry and mission and arrived at a great truism: the one constant in youth ministry is that everything is always changing. The way we used to do it doesn’t work anymore and often ...

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Is it still a Sabbath Sunday?

Sundays in a large church with an average worship attendance of about 1100-1400 people begins at approximately 7:30 AM.  The preaching pastor prepares for the first service and spends some quiet time in reflection with God.  A group comes in and prays for him/her and then begins the marathon of three worship services; 8:30 – 9:45 – 11:00.  Following the ...

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UMYFreeze….

Did you know that the use of UMYF (specifically the F) went out of existence over a decade ago? Of course you didn't & many haven't either. I don't think it was ever a bang, but our church dropped the "F" from UMYF because we were more than just fellowship. (take a look at our mixed message)

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Parents Encouraging Girls

After several appointments with parents over the last few weeks concerning their daughters, I thought I’d share a collection of advice about young women. I am not a counselor but try to offer direction to parents of girls through a developmental and sociological lens. 1) Parents discuss with your daughter that there has always been pressure for women to have ...

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3 Questions (part 2)

In the past two weeks we passed along a program idea called “3 Questions,” promoting an evening of unscripted family discussion. If you missed it on our Facebook page or in our email, you can check out the details out here: 3 Questions : Parent & Teen Program February 1, 2011 As a follow up to that article, I promised to ...

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Graciously Receiving “No” from Volunteers

In a recent New York Times article, Frazzled Moms and Volunteerism, care for volunteers are raised. The landscape for families has changed dramatically since I have been in ministry. For over twelve years, I have seen families take on more and more. One family in a previous church was heavily involved in junior league hockey for their three boys. The ...

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3 Questions : Parent & Teen Program

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

Last fall I was in bed for a month and a half with a back injury that eventually led to surgery. While I was down for the count, an idea for a new family program came to me. It’s entirely possible that it was a painkiller-induced vision, but when we tried it the first time two weeks ago it went ...

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