Tag Archives: youth ministry

Frank Schaeffer and the importance of listening well

I met Frank Schaeffer at a planning retreat for the Wild Goose Festival a few weeks ago. His story is a fascinating one–his family established the L’Abri community in Huemoz, Switzerland and became oddly influential in the rise of the Christian Right political movement. After the passing of his father Francis, Frank found himself heir-apparent to that influence–but at the ...

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Soul Fire: Light Your World- Session 5: Energize Your Light- Community

SoulFire Youth Curriculum

Session 5: Energize Your Light– Community Supplies: Camper Book, Bible, Pens, Drawing Paper, Crayons Key Scripture: “Awe came upon everyone, because of the many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.  All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all as any had ...

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Why We Pray

In Chattanooga, TN there is a support organization for youth ministry called the Chattanooga Youth Network (the name probably didn’t take most of the initial meeting). They sponsor training, retreats, and other events for youthworkers in the Tennessee Valley area. The executive director of that entity, Tony Souder, has become a friend over the years as I approach the five ...

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when bad things happen to good dogs

I’m having a hellish month of scheduling, which means I’m not able to process life events in real time. For example, last Monday I got to spend breakfast explaining to my 4 & 6 year old boys how mommy was going to go to the doctor because some stuff was broken inside. They needed to understand that mommy wasn’t sick, ...

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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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7 Things To Do Right Now for Your Mission Trip Next Summer

It’s January and you are probably congratulating yourself on making it through the Advent season in one piece and for getting the second semester youth programs started.  (Don’t sell yourself short – pat yourself on the back for accomplishing all that!)  Now it’s time to sit back and relax, right? Well, yes you should take some time to renew and ...

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We just threw away your Wild Goose Festival discount.

On purpose. Here’s the thing. There are times in life where you need to support a thing beyond what you get from it. We kinda feel like the Youthworker Movement is one of those things. The Wild Goose Festival is definitely one of those things. The kind of thing that you should find a way to support even if you ...

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Safety in Numbers – How God Calls in Unexpected Ways

Herd Instinct in Youth Ministry

One universal truth of teen life is that NOTHING is done alone. Getting ready for a particular event, the one question I’m always asked; “Who else is gonna be there?” Teenagers identify themselves through their peers. A classic example of this is the pod of students from my church that identify themselves as the “loner group.”  Hmm… anyone see the contradiction here? ...

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On Spiritual Generativity

What does “Spiritual Generativity” mean?  In the simplest terms, it’s the passing on of our faith tradition from one generation to the next.  If youth are always separated from the rest of the life of the church – how will they learn what it means to be the church as adults?  How do we in youth ministry make the connections ...

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Get a Degree in Youth Ministry from Duke University

Are you aware that Duke Divinity School is offering a new Master of Arts in Christian Practice degree for those who are looking to experience a rich theological education while continuing to serve the church in their present youth ministry position?   Are you interested in learning from experts in the field of Youth Ministry like Dr. Fred Edie and ...

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