Tag Archives: Spark

A UMC youth minister weighs in on his decision to enroll in Spark Certification

With the Spark Conference, I can complete all courses within three years, have more frequent contact with others in the class, and actually have credit hours that matter: my accrued credit hours can go toward a master’s degree through Southwestern College, all while being more affordable in the long run.

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Never. Stop. Learning.

This was the only advice I was given upon entering youth ministry: “Never. Stop. Learning.” Every year I have been in ministry it has remained true and I have no doubt that it will continue to. Continuing Education is an important aspect of our lives as ministers. We can never know it all, and always seeking to learn makes us ...

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a youth ministry certification journey

*Updated March 18, 2015 by author by Bradley Alexander I recently went to Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas to begin a journey towards being certified in youth ministry in the United Methodist Church. In the weeks leading up to classes I began to feel very anxious and unworthy of this calling. This feeling has some history in ...

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