Tag Archives: teenagers

Time for the H Word

“So, youth, what do you want to learn about?”  “Revelation, angels, and Satan?  Where do we go when we die?  Okay, sure, we could do that.  Oh wait, look at that shiny thing over there!’ I must confess something I am not very proud of — For years, I have been a professional controversy avoider. It’s sad really.  It’s just ...

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Ultimate Nerf Wars

Looking for a proven successful youth ministry event idea to kick off your summer?  Try this: Ultimate Nerf Wars. What you need: Tables, anything camouflage, tarps, bandannas in two colors (1 per person), score sheets, pens, Sharpies, glow-in-the-dark bracelets/necklaces, medals or prizes (optional) Bullet buckets to gather up bullets for reloading.  Lots of volunteers. What people need to bring: Any and all ...

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God Created Rebels (or Why Kony 2012 Works)

Your phone rings right after the youth event is over.  It’s a mom.  She reads to you from the same script again, “My son/daughter is making everything so hard.  We’ve been arguing non-stop, and today I found out that he/she has been smoking/drinking/sneaking out/insert rebellious action here.”  You console; you offer reassurances, but the bottom line is: teens are rebellious. ...

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The War on Stopping Kony

I don’t remember where I first saw the KONY2012 video posted, but within a few minutes it had popped up a dozen places in my social media feeds so it doesn’t really matter which was first. I’ve been ignoring Invisible Children for years. Not intentionally; my only point of contact with them was the stack of glossy-brochured support-this/buy-this onslaught in ...

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3 Ways to Make Your Youth Ministry Matter

I’ve been told by well-intentioned youth and parents, “I  will be at UMY if there is nothing on my  schedule.”  Really?  Is that supposed to make me feel better?  You’ll be at UMY if you have absolutely nothing better to do?  Thanks…I think. We all experience it. Every week thousands of members of youth groups choose to participate in activities ...

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Youth Disciple Online Facilitator Training

Starting in August 2012 Disciple Bible Study for Youth will be available on-line for Youthworkers to use with a group of High School Youth in their Church, District, Conference, Region, Community as well as there being groups that any individual Youth from anywhere in the world can sign up for. We need facilitators for every group!  This is your chance ...

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6 Critical Questions Parents & Teens Should Ask Today

As a former teacher-turned-youth director, I can attest to the power of sharing ideas among trusted co-workers. Why re-invent the wheel when you can “steal” great ideas from others and apply them to your own situation?  I had the opportunity to do just that recently when I sought ways to improve communication between my high school youth and their parents, ...

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Seeing Poverty First Hand Changed My Life

If you are one of the hundreds of youth workers leading a 30 Hour Famine event this weekend, you might want to know how to encourage your youth to take their fundraising and experience to the Study Tour level.  Abby Lewis, a high school junior and member of the youth group at St. Barnabas United Methodist Church in Arlington, TX, ...

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$199 Summer Mission Trip in Dallas @ C2K

Looking for a GREAT summer Mission trip in the Dallas, Texas area?  Check out www.c2kDallas.org Register before April 1, 2012 and enjoy an all-inclusive mission trip for just $199 per person (if paid in full and on-time) and spend more time with your Youth and less having to plan and run the daily grind of mission trip logistics, cooking, supply runs, ...

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Conversion Aversion Disorder

As Youthworkers, have we really thought about the implications of Conversion?  Have we considered Conversion God’s work?  Have we tried to take God’s place to manipulate young people?  Do we even have a plan for what comes next the day after Conversion? “To have a conversion experience is nothing much.  The real thing is to be able to keep on ...

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