Tag Archives: UMYF

Five Lenten Practices Your Youth Need to Experience

If you’re like me, Holy seasons are always a difficult time.  Usually the church is at it’s busiest and I’m not only striving to focus my own spiritual life but also provide new and relevant experiences for my youth. If you haven’t tried these spiritual disciplines below allow me to suggest incorporating them into this Lenten season. Fasting Fasting is ...

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Promise 5: Share Responsibility and Ask for Help

Valentines Wesley Style

The to-do list for the Youth Valentine’s Dinner and Auction event I inherited was extremely detailed and even divided into subcategories – things to do for the meal itself, for promoting the event, for decorating, for soliciting donations, for organizing the youth, for ticket sales, for setting up and for cleaning up…you get the idea.  In fact, when printed out, ...

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Learning from the Little – How Small Churches are Better

I’m not sure how it happened.  One day while sitting in worship, I looked up and as the choir stood to sing the offertory special, I noticed my ten year old sister with her conductor’s wand – a present given to my musically inclined sister years earlier – directing our church’s small choir.  At best, 10 adults participated in the ...

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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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5 Ways Science Affects Youth Ministry

It’s the age old argument.  Science vs. Faith. Like most things in life, Star Wars might offer some insight. In A New Hope, even Obi-Wan has trouble convincing Han Solo of the realities of the Force, a mysterious energy that is said to ‘bind all things together’.  Han-Solo inadvertently articulates a scientific worldview by saying, “Kid, I’ve flown from one ...

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the death of the buddy youthworker

This article was originally published November 15, 2011. It goes without saying that youth ministry is always changing. (Oops. Well, it would have.) I grew up in the land of the forgotten nightmares of Unsafe Sanctuaries. “Chubby Bunny” was the least of our worries. Our adults were encouraged to take kids off alone; we’d go fishing in the middle of ...

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Angry Birds at Your Next Youth Event

Get ready for something awesome – life-size Angry Birds. “I will have to admit that I use to play Angry Birds a little too much.  But now I don’t have to feel bad about spending all that time glued to my iPhone last summer because it was all research and preparation for youth ministry!” -Eric McFarland We wanted to create ...

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New Website is for United Methodist Youth Ministry

Whether it’s navigating a sea of acronyms like UMYF, BOD, SPR, GBHEM and UMCOR, or understanding the distinctions between ordained elders, deacons and acolytes, United Methodist youth workers share a lot of the same challenges and blessings.  Being connectional is a gift we can leverage by sharing thoughts and ideas.  Even though our specific situations differ – rural, urban, suburban, ...

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Soul Fire: Light Your World- Sessions 1 & 2

*This camp/retreat curriculum could be easily adapted for weekly Sunday school or Youth Group use.  Make modifications as needed.  The intent is to help Youth experience the Means of Grace (Spiritual Disciplines/Christian Practices). How To Use this Curriculum: This curriculum was written to be as flexible for each camp and each Family Group as possible.  There is WAY MORE material ...

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