Tag Archives: youth ministry

Because Science: Taking the Fear out of Faith for Youth Ministry

Because Science: Taking the Fear out of Faith for Youth Ministry by Kevin Alton “It bothers me that somewhere on the other side of the world there’s a kid pretty much just like me that grew up believing something completely different about God just because of where he was born and who raised him in whatever religion. It bothers me ...

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How Yoda Ruined My Theology

Star Wars is back and is force-choking every Box Office record in its path! Amid all the hoopla, I’ve done my fair share of rewatching clips from the old movies. Because of what Darth Lucas did to Yoda in the prequels, I had forgotten how incredibly philosophical and wise the character of Yoda was in the original trilogy. One of the most iconic ...

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Making confirmation meaningful

(By Bryan Bliss) In my first year as a youth pastor, I was handed a dusty old curriculum that I’m fairly certain had been around when I went through confirmation myself. The pastor simply said, “Teach them what it means to be a Methodist.” I had nine months, not including holiday weekends, school vacations, or important nationally televised football games, ...

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A UMC youth minister weighs in on his decision to enroll in Spark Certification

With the Spark Conference, I can complete all courses within three years, have more frequent contact with others in the class, and actually have credit hours that matter: my accrued credit hours can go toward a master’s degree through Southwestern College, all while being more affordable in the long run.

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Sacred Rest for a Weary World

Have you ever noticed that rhythm is a sign of life? You know, there’s an old, old poem – a song really – that tells of this ancient rhythm. It goes like this… In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.           And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And there was evening, and there ...

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What happens when YOU don’t show up?

By Audrua Malvaez For the first Sunday in years I was awake and dressed hours before I needed to be at church. The clock ticked to 8 am as I walked into the emergency room of my neighborhood hospital. As I tried to keep the nausea under control and communicate my symptoms to the nursing staff, my phone sat silent. ...

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Redeeming the Time in Youth Ministry

So much of Christian ministry is about stewardship. The stewardship of gifts. The stewardship of relationships. The stewardship of bodies. The stewardship of time. All of life is a gift from God and all of life should be returned to God as an act of worship. Of course, some of these areas are easier to dedicate to God than others. ...

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#Social: The Nurturing Community

The community provides the potential for nurturing human beings into the fullness of their humanity. We believe we have a responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals. Primary for us is the gospel understanding that all persons are important—because they are human beings created by God and ...

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Get a Life-sized Clue: big board games

by Eric Pugh Several years ago, while brainstorming with our student leadership team about new fellowship activities, we stumbled upon Life-Sized Clue. Our youth had already done Life-Sized Monopoly (which was a ton of fun to construct the board, but implementation was difficult with a large group of people), and wanted to try something else. After a few suggestions, someone ...

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#Social: a new Social Principles series

The Social Principles are an important part of the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline. Our heritage has always been a faith community that is greatly concerned about social action and ability and opportunity of all people to be welcome in the Kingdom of God. The Social Principles are in the Book of Discipline but, unlike the rest of the ...

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