Tag Archives: UMYF

Resolving strife between schools within your ministry

So, we had this tornado. A little over six months ago our small community of 3,000 in northwest Georgia was gut-punched by a series of storms that culminated in an EF-3 tornado that touched down in the heart of Ringgold then forever scarred the ridge at the south of town. It came back down on the other side of the ...

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Getting By – Does “C” Still Mean “Average”?

Last night our youth did another night of 3 Questions, a conversational family program I started this year. (If you’re unfamiliar with the format for 3 Questions, you can read about it [HERE].) One of the questions asked by the dads in the room was, “What about life is too hard for teens and what is too easy?” Nice and ...

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Articulating Faith

ARTICULATING FAITH: Thoughts on “What do you believe? American Teenagers, Spirituality, and Freedom of Religion,” a video by Sarah Feinbloom Written by Amy Valdez Barker   “A compelling educational peacemaking film without being didactic, sectarian, or doctrinaire. Every public school, congregation and youth program in the country should have a copy of it.”   Rev. Paul Chaffee, Director Interfaith Center ...

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Youth Ministry Workshop at Southwestern College in Winfield Kansas

Do you work with youth at your church?  Have you ever wondered . . . What does effective youth ministry look like? What does John Wesley’s theology have to offer a  contemporary context for youthwork?  Join us Saturday, Oct. 1 at Southwestern College for a workshop and luncheon for area youth workers. When Grace is The Chauffeur: A Wesleyan Model ...

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3 Simple Ways NOT to Start Youth Group this Fall

Having done a dumb thing or three in Youth Ministry over the years has led me to consider 3 Simple Ways NOT to start Youth Group in the fall.  Maybe you’ve been there, maybe you just did this, or maybe you are about to do this and I can save you a future confessional moment. #1 “Don’t tell anybody what ...

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Is it still a Sabbath Sunday?

Sundays in a large church with an average worship attendance of about 1100-1400 people begins at approximately 7:30 AM.  The preaching pastor prepares for the first service and spends some quiet time in reflection with God.  A group comes in and prays for him/her and then begins the marathon of three worship services; 8:30 – 9:45 – 11:00.  Following the ...

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UMYFreeze….

Did you know that the use of UMYF (specifically the F) went out of existence over a decade ago? Of course you didn't & many haven't either. I don't think it was ever a bang, but our church dropped the "F" from UMYF because we were more than just fellowship. (take a look at our mixed message)

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3 Questions (part 2)

In the past two weeks we passed along a program idea called “3 Questions,” promoting an evening of unscripted family discussion. If you missed it on our Facebook page or in our email, you can check out the details out here: 3 Questions : Parent & Teen Program February 1, 2011 As a follow up to that article, I promised to ...

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Sunday or Wednesday Night Program 1

Pictures of God Supplies: Sidewalk chalk, 2 pieces per youth Sidewalk with plenty of space to draw Bibles and pens – 1 for every 2 youth Slips of paper with different Scripture for each group Game: Human Foosball – set the youth up in 2 teams like a foosball table. A typical table has rows of 1 by each goal, ...

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