Tag Archives: teenagers

ruining the spiritual lives of youth on purpose

What do you do when you know that a youth in your group would be better suited to another practice of faith? I was talking with a school counselor the other day about a student. I’d be to this counselor for the first few sessions with the youth in question to help establish trust in their relationship. After a few ...

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Elijah and the Lone Ranger

Alone Ranger and Youth Ministry

Do you remember being a teenager? Do you remember how important it was in your world to have someone, anyone, to call a friend? It was so important that we often didn’t care who they were. Anyone who sat next to us in history and was relatively nice could qualify. Then you went to church and some adult spoke up ...

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What I Learned On My Summer Vocation

I just finished reading J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye for about the 6th time in my 47 years of life.  This time I read it because our Youth Sunday school class decided to join up with one of the Adult Classes for the summer and they wanted to read a book together.  The Adult Class is called “Page Turners” ...

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Failing Forward

We are not a culture that tolerates failure. From a young age we are constantly encouraged to be the best.  Whether it be our workplace, academic setting, or sports team, we are given high, almost  unattainable expectations of success. This even happens in our churches.  Often people are given leadership roles with unattainably high expectations with little training or support. ...

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Hunger Games – Violence – A Different World

My nine-year old wanted to read the Hunger Games last spring when all the hub-bub about the books and the movie came out.  I had heard mixed reviews and hesitated about letting her read the book and watch the movie, so we made a deal that we would read it together.  Between my classes, work and paper-writing I picked up ...

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it’s not really our journey

So I had a moment of clarity this weekend. I’ve groused here and other places about how much I hate the month of May in youth ministry for all the fuss and bother of honoring seniors and all of the vocational guilt and sense of loss that comes along (for me, at least) with graduates that didn’t turn out like ...

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asked and answered

I’m on an youth trip, a middle school missions shindig at Camp Lookout, a Holston Conference UMC camp in Rising Fawn, GA. I love going on trips with several other churches, partly to hear all of the incredible questions asked by kids on trips. You can learn a lot about a leader by the answers given to some of the ...

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just another lazy methodist

Are Methodists Lazy?

We’ve achieved an unhealthy stereotype. Methodists are lazy. It’s easy to be Methodist. You don’t have to do anything. Jon Stewart called us the Phoenix University of denominations. Like all stereotypes, there are holes in the assertion that we’re lazy–but like most stereotypes, this one isn’t totally based in lies. I run into it all of the time–people that are ...

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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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I want more texting during my lesson!

Students are going to text while you speak no matter what you say or how many texting spies you place in the audience. Why not use this evil distraction for good? That’s where Poll Everywhere comes in. It’s a really simple process. You don’t even have to sign up to try it out. You put together a poll of some ...

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