Tag Archives: UMYF

“Women should be silent.” WHAT?!?

It was bad luck for the Baptist denomination that I happened to join my high school friend for Sunday School on the day they were studying the part of Ephesians that mentions women should be submissive to their husbands.  This was my first impression of what a Baptist church was about, and that word “submissive” did not sit well with ...

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New Game Idea: Paparazzi!

Paparazzi Supplies Needed: Cameras for each person (cellphone cameras, for example) Guidelines: Stars can’t cover face, face the wall, and must be standing and moving at all times. You may use team members as barriers, but no one can touch anyone else (even teammates). No exchanging cameras. How to Play: Divide your group into two teams. Each team designates 3 ...

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As For Me And My Hell-House, We Will Serve The Lord

I’ve been going about this all wrong. ALL wrong. I don’t know why I didn’t realize it before. I got an invitation from a local church today to attend a hell house. Specifically a HAYRIDE THROUGH HELL, as was repeated in bold full-caps throughout the letter that accompanied the promotional poster. I’m not exactly a fireman, but I was intrigued ...

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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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Does length really matter?

How long should a series be in youth ministry? All year long? 3 weeks? 6 weeks? Best of 7? I have always struggled with advanced planning. Early in my youth ministry career as a volunteer I hated the perpetual roll-over of content and curriculum. If you’re averaging 4-6 weeks in a series, the moment you begin you’re already looking for ...

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An Insider’s Look at the Outsider

 “I haven’t done that in a while”, I said as my wife and I left the worship service.  We had just finished worshiping at a local United Methodist Church and were leaving the sanctuary.  As my wife exited the sanctuary, she turned right down the hallway.  “Okay, you go that way and I’ll go get our daughter”, I said jokingly. ...

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Talk Tips: What to do?

This is one in an ongoing series of posts to help you hone your skills as a speaker either in an up-front setting or a small group. Sometimes lessons can have a great point, an excellent concept, but be meaningless as far as being able to be lived out in the lives of the students.  That is because in the ...

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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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Youth Praise Band: Working with What You’ve Got

I received some positive feedback from my previous post about the songs we sing and music we use in youth worship times, so this post will continue in that vein. Today I’m thinking back on when I first started leading music for a youth ministry.  I was a high school student learning the guitar and how to sing and play at ...

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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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