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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 8

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

  In prior weeks we have focused on the first ten principles: Youthwork is – Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential and Youth-led. This week we move onto number eleven: Principle #11 – Youthwork utilizes open-ended discussion. I am personally a big fan of Socrates. Maybe a better way to say it is that I think ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 7

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first nine principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential. This week we move onto number ten: Principle #10 – Youthwork is Youth-led Youthwork is ALWAYS best when it is Youth-led! What does Youth-led Youth Ministry look like? Let’s start with what keeps Youth Ministry from being Sustainable ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 5

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first six principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional and Evangelistic. This week we move onto: Principle #7 – Youthwork is Holistic! The goal of ministry with Youth is not to separate a young person’s faith journey from their life. As a matter of fact, giving theological language to the life ...

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Building A Philosophy of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 2

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

  This week I want to outline Principles #2 & #3 for a Philosphy of Sustainable Youthwork. Although it may sound a little bit like #1 “Youthwork is Family Based” (from last week) the secondary characteristic of a Sustainable Model is that “Youthwork is Congregational”. Youthwork belongs to God through the ministry of God’s whole Church. Youthwork is the responsibility ...

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Building A Philosophy of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 1

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

I want to share with you part of my work over the last several years with graduate students in Youth Ministry that are part of the Perkins School of Theology’s Certification Classes held each January during PSYM.  This has been a long process for me personally starting my first year of Youth Ministry when Rev. Walt Marcum convinced me I ...

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7 Slow Ways To Listen Well

7 Ways to Listen Well

With all the recent talk in the United Methodist Church about splits and schism I am reminded why a primary skill in Youth Ministry is the well-honed ability to truly listen to what other people are saying.  Youth ministers get this better than anybody in the church.  We listen to parents, youth, volunteers, staff, community leaders, coaches, teachers, spouses, and ...

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I Hope You Dance

I have a youthworker friend who has had grandchildren of former youth in his youth group.  I have another youthworker friend whose grandson is a youthworker as well.  I had lunch the other day with one of my favorite youth who is in her 40s now.  Another youthworker friend of mine was telling me about being at a meeting and ...

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Divergent in Five Minutes (Spoilers!)

Divergent in Five Minutes (Spoilers!)

Another insanely popular teen novel is being made into a movie much to the delight of your reading teens and their non reading friends who are ready to see what their friends have been gushing about for the past couple of years.  The goal here is to give you an overview of the book and some talking points with students ...

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7 Slow Ways To Work With Parents

7 Slow Ways To Work With Parents

When I started in youth ministry, I was told in various ways that one of the main goals was to get youth away from their parents because then we could really do some spiritual good.  Some para-church organizations still promote this idea.  So let me start by saying that always felt wrong to me.  At the same time, I realize ...

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5 Creative Ways for Students to Share Love on Valentines Day

  Teenagers LOVE Valentines day. They love to give valentines and they love to receive valentines. But for some students, being single on Valentine’s day can be an embarrassing and traumatic experience. The single students can feel left out when it comes to their peers’ social media postings of massive teddy bears and carnations. Some begin to think that they ...

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