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SPARK Youth Ministry Conference January 8-15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas

I am very excited to announce that the Youthworker Movement team in partnership with Southwestern College, The Institute for Discipleship, Be A Disciple, The Center for Youth Ministry Excellence, Youthworker Circuit, CircuitWriter Media LLC, MethoBlog, Duke Divinity School, Kessler Park UMC, and The Foundation For Ministry Excellence; is launching a brand new affordable Youth Ministry Conference in Dallas, Texas which ...

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Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder

  So last spring I led a breakout session titled “Faith vs. Doubt vs. Wonder” at Faith Forward, a terrific new children & youth ministry conference in Nashville, TN. There are great, great minds from ministry and all things spiritual involved and I’m excited to be a part of it. The outline for my talk got upended the week before ...

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Youth Ministry War Stories

  I just came from lunch with the youth ministry clergy person from our Connectional Ministries office. Part of his job is to oversee a spring spiritual life retreat, ever-so-Methodistily named “SLR.” I was involved with that retreat in the past and very familiar with the camp where it is held. The camp’s two primarily beloved features are its chapel ...

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We Just Don’t Do That (The Youth Minister Code)

  There is a rule we live by as youth pastors (a code if you will) that joins us all together as fellow laborers in the body of Christ.  There are things that we agree to refrain from for the good of the kingdom of God and the health of our flock. From time to time it is good to ...

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3 takeaways from a 30 HR Famine

Our youth group participated in a WorldVision 30 HR Famine during Holy Week. Our kids stopped eating just after lunch on Thursday, then came to the church after our Recovery service had ended that night. We played a few of the event games then got up in the morning and played a few more. For about 3.5 hours of the ...

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3 quick tips for honoring your high school seniors

It’s April, so it’s barely still not-to-late to think about how you’re sending off your seniors this year. Honestly, this is one of my least favorite youth ministry practices. Youth Sunday/luncheon/slideshow/newsletter/Bibles/gifts/bearhugs is just one of those things that OCD will never let you believe you got right. You forgot somebody. Someone’s invite got lost in the mail and they don’t ...

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teaching kids how to swear & have sex: toward better communication

teaching kids how to swear & have sex: toward better communication

  This has to do with youth ministry, it just takes a minute to get there. A couple of weeks ago I had the distinct joy of spending a week with my eldest son, Grey, on a motorcycle. Grey is 9, and fairly new to riding (passenger, of course). I think before we left he’d done maybe 50 miles, career. ...

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the word of the Lord to car-shopping teens

I was deep in reviewing my confirmation lesson plans when I got a text from one of my high school seniors: “I need to talk to you, can I come to your office?” Uh oh. You never know what this could be about. I knew it wasn’t about a break up because this student was currently not seeing anyone. My ...

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finding my identity in youth ministry

Immediately after graduating from Pfeiffer University with my B.A. in Christian Education, I started serving a Quaker Meeting as their Christian education director. My youth would sometimes refer to me as their youth director, but I would quickly correct them and say no, “I’m not a youth minister. I’m a Christian education director.” I had developed an understanding of youth ...

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