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Quick No Preparation Lesson/Discussion

Supplies: Bibles, Index Cards, Pens Break your group into 5 sub-groups. Assign each sub-group a chapter from the Christian Testament- Letter of James Each sub-group should read the chapter together and then be prepared to explain the text to the whole group using their own words.  Let each sub-group report. (15 minutes) Then have all Youth write (at least) one ...

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The Death of the UMC Connection

The idea of connection came unto its own during a moment in church history that was contentious and dramatic. As America began to find itself as a representative democracy, its citizens began to desire what they saw as a more democratic style of church structure, and they began to turn more and more to congregational styles of organization where each church ...

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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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Join the Conversation: GC2012 and Youth Ministry

The United Methodist Youth Ministry website was created for youth workers to have conversation.  As General Conference 2012 runs its course, we would love to hear what you are thinking. What have you heard that you think will affect your local youth ministry? What concerns you? What are you excited about? We really would love to know what real, live ...

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Moving from “Program-First” to “Vision-Driven”

There have been some great pieces on the Youth Worker Movement lately about discipleship in youth ministry, and how we can be better about that work.  Our focus of discipleship, or “disciple making” in youth ministry is rooted in the United Methodist Church’s mission statement of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”  Does your church ...

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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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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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Nine Secrets of a Name Knowing Ninja

It’s the worst.  The student walking up to you has been coming to youth group on and off for about a year…and you just completely blanked out on her name. “Hi, you! How’s it going?” you say awkwardly. “You forgot my name, didn’t you?” Gah!  Busted. (her name was Monica, by the way, and I didn’t forget it after that.) ...

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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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Are You a Small Church One-Eared Mickey Mouse?

When I first heard that term, I had no clue what this guy (Jeff Dunn Rankin, VP of Youth Ministry Architects) was talking about. The phrase sounded both creepy and sad. He even had a picture to go w/ it of the outline of Mickey with an ear missing. Here’s how he ‘splained it to me: “You see, many youth ...

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