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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 5

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first six principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional and Evangelistic. This week we move onto: Principle #7 – Youthwork is Holistic! The goal of ministry with Youth is not to separate a young person’s faith journey from their life. As a matter of fact, giving theological language to the life ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 4

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

In prior weeks we have focused on the first five principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling and Missional.  This week we move onto: Principle # 6 – Youthwork is Evangelistic! Many people find the idea of practicing Evangelism troubling. Images of big hair, crying, desperate pleas, Bible-thumping, confrontation, money, hell fire and damnation, or thousands of people in a ...

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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 3

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

  Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here This week we will explore two very interrelated  principles of sustainable youthwork: Youthwork is Discipling and Youthwork is Missional. Principle # 4 – Youthwork is Discipling Youthwork is 1) Family Based, 2) Congregational, 3) Relational and 4) Youthwork is Discipling!  Youthwork is never about keeping Young People busy or giving Parents a ...

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Building A Philosophy of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 2

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

  This week I want to outline Principles #2 & #3 for a Philosphy of Sustainable Youthwork. Although it may sound a little bit like #1 “Youthwork is Family Based” (from last week) the secondary characteristic of a Sustainable Model is that “Youthwork is Congregational”. Youthwork belongs to God through the ministry of God’s whole Church. Youthwork is the responsibility ...

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Building A Philosophy of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 1

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

I want to share with you part of my work over the last several years with graduate students in Youth Ministry that are part of the Perkins School of Theology’s Certification Classes held each January during PSYM.  This has been a long process for me personally starting my first year of Youth Ministry when Rev. Walt Marcum convinced me I ...

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7 Slow Ways To Listen Well

7 Ways to Listen Well

With all the recent talk in the United Methodist Church about splits and schism I am reminded why a primary skill in Youth Ministry is the well-honed ability to truly listen to what other people are saying.  Youth ministers get this better than anybody in the church.  We listen to parents, youth, volunteers, staff, community leaders, coaches, teachers, spouses, and ...

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I Hope You Dance

I have a youthworker friend who has had grandchildren of former youth in his youth group.  I have another youthworker friend whose grandson is a youthworker as well.  I had lunch the other day with one of my favorite youth who is in her 40s now.  Another youthworker friend of mine was telling me about being at a meeting and ...

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Sabbath – You’re Probably Doing it Wrong

Sabbath - You're Probably Doing it Wrong

If you are like most youth workers I’ve talked to lately, you are probably not really observing Sabbath and if you are, chances are that you’re doing Sabbath all wrong anyway.  I’ve asked several youthworker colleagues lately what they do to observe Sabbath. After the blank stares and questioning looks, here are the typical answers I’ve heard: “I look at ...

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What I Learned at Perkins School of Youth Ministry 2014

What I Learned In Certification My First Year

It is that time of year again.  The time where I assess what I got out of my favorite training event for youthworkers.  PSYM has been around for 26 years.  One of the founders, my friend Rev. Walt Marcum still teaches.  I wasn’t there at the start but I got there as soon as I could.  So after 23 years, ...

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What I Learned at the National Youth Workers Convention

  It was a great honor to be a part of The Youthworker Movement’s Seminars at NYWC in Nashville.  I appreciate the partnership with the good folks at Youth Specialties especially my friend Mark Matlock but most importantly Mindi Godfrey who made it possible to live out the vision of allowing us time and space to meet with our general ...

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