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Are You Certified?

Are You Certified? The Youthworker Movement just participated in a 2-day consultation at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) in Nashville along with representatives from 10 UMC Seminaries and 3 Colleges and Universities that offer 1 or more of the classes to be certified in one of the ten specialized ministries.  Persons can be certified in: Ministry ...

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7 Ways To Connect

At the Youthworker Movement a founding principle is that we are each other’s best resource.  Nobody understands your context or my context exactly but the person most likely to be helpful in listening is another Youthworker going through similar struggles and mountain top experiences.  A frequent conversation I find myself in with Youthworkers is this need for true community.  So, ...

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How to Survive Getting Fired

This article was originally published October 26, 2011. Ever been blindsided? Maybe you’ve seen the show “Survivor.”  It’s a competition of physical survival, sure, but it’s primarily social survival.   A fascinating part of the plot is when a contestant falsely believes he’s secure in his tribe, safe at tribal council and then is completely blown away as he’s cast out ...

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What Youth Ministry can Learn from Steve Jobs

This post was originally published on October 11, 2011. Last week there was a huge outpouring of emotion & sentimentality in the wake of the passing of Steve Jobs, former CEO and founder of Apple, Inc. Much has been written over the impact of Steve Jobs from his reshaping of culture, ability to grow a company amidst huge recessions, how ...

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Re-Thinking Connection

                            Last week I was privileged to be a part of the second annual gathering of National UMC Conference and Jurisdictional Youth Ministry staff persons.  41 folks met in Kansas City, Missouri at Saint Paul School of Theology to re-think what we do and who we are.  ...

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Life Of A Disciple In The World 4

The Seven Deadly Sins Session 4: Anger- Hearts Frozen Into Fists Core Teaching:            Anger causes us to sin.  We all get Angry.  Mature Christians deal with Anger differently. Session Goals:            This session focuses on the 3rd Deadly Sin, Anger.  Students should be able to identify Anger in their own lives, see how the Bible says to deal with our Anger, ...

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Real Ministry Never Shows Up on Your Resume.

On average, youthworkers can probably be most easily summed up as “the person that drove the van to Six Flags.” It’s an average; there’s a lot of good, smart work being done on one side of that median description and a lot of inept efforts that lost the church credit card and forgot to buy the day passes on the ...

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Press Release: The Center For Youth Ministry Excellence Partners With The Richard And Julia Wilke Institute For Discipleship

        The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence is moving the National Office from McKendree UMC at 523 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee to Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas to partner with the Richard and Julia Wilke Institute for Discipleship (IFD).  CYMX will continue to have support offices in Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas, and Shreveport. On October 7th, 2011 Charles ...

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Generational Shift Can Lead to Missional Drift

Recently, I’ve heard a few things said about “what needs to be done in Youth Ministry” that cause me to say “Oh really?” in my best sincere and slightly sarcastic tone.  In case you didn’t know, sarcasm is definitely a fatal flaw in Youthwork so it should be used sparingly unless you are a Jedi level Sarcastinator. Statement #1- “We ...

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