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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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10 Must-Have Ingredients in Every Successful Parent Meeting

Chances are if you’re in youth ministry, you are in it because you feel called and love working with youth, you relate well to young people.  What you may or may not have noticed is that those same youth are often dropped off by parents/guardians/grandparents* at the beginning of  your time together.  Those adults are, in fact, one of your ...

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10 Quick-Prep Activities for Super-Small Groups

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

Can you have fun and learn about God with just a couple of people? Whether you’re a big church youth group leader looking to make things smaller and more personal through small groups, or it just happens that on Wednesday only 2-3 youth showed up, or your entire youth group qualifies as a single “small group” at best, everyone can ...

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Interview with Brian McLaren

Brian McClaren on Youth Ministry

I had the pleasure of interviewing Brian for his last book, Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In Twelve Simple Words, a conversation that led ultimately to a Youthworker Circuit curriculum for the same book and a ministry tool designed to help leaders discover the spiritual season where each of their youth finds themselves at the moment–it’s been a fascinating ...

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We planned your fall for free

It’s that time of year.  Time to release your fall calendar, but you have let the planning slip away.  No worry, I’ve done it for you.  And the best part is that everything is free!  The basic schedule involves a lesson for Sunday morning or evening with a small group discussion-based curriculum on Wednesday nights.  Don’t worry.  I made sure ...

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What the Church Can Learn From Kickstarter

Do you know about Kickstarter? Maybe you’ve heard your kids talk about it or seen it on the news.  It’s been around a while but is quickly gaining popularity. Check out this description from Kickstarter’s website at www.kickstarter.com “At this very second, thousands of people are checking out projects on Kickstarter. They’re rallying around their friends’ ideas, backing projects from ...

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Kickoff Your Fall with Youth Disciple Online

Do you have youth in your group that are ready for digging deeper into Scripture? Is it a challenge to plan a Bible study that fits into your already-full youth ministry calendar? Do you have members of your youth ministry that would participate if only they had a transportation available? Or would you like to connect with another youth ministry ...

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3 Smart Reasons to Offer Youth Disciple Online

Beginning August 1, Youth Disciple Bible Study Online  (YDO) will be launched as part of a partnership between the Institute for Discipleship and The YouthWorker Movement.  This is a 32 week online course of the in-depth and popular Disciple Bible study tailored for youth ministry.  Ideal for student ministry, YDO has a flexible schedule that can be tweaked and worked ...

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Become a Youth Disciple ONLINE Facilitator

Just a few months ago, I was rewarding youth who brought their “real, paper Bibles” to Bible study.  After all, we all know that United Methodist Youth carry and read and know their Bibles, right?  (Our own Charles Harrison used to always tell us that in Youth Ministry Certification classes anyway…)   It’s taken some coaxing by my husband and ...

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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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