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Before You Were Born (for Ransom)

  Before You Were Born (For Ransom) by Daniel Griswold   I promised myself that I would record everything when my first son, Ransom, came into the world.  I’ve become so wrapped up in … [Read more...]

Be clear about your values to help prevent a ‘Patchwork Self’

Being One BY DANIEL GRISWOLD danielgriswold@gmail.com November 6, 2013 In mathematics, an “identity” is an equation that is valid for all its variables. For a human, the definition is … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Corner: Shiny New Things by Daniel Griswold

Pastors Corner: Shiny New Things By Daniel Griswold Youth Director at Saint Andrew By-The-Sea UMC Hilton Head Island, SC   Twitter:  @Dannonhill     Email: DanielGriswold@Gmail.com Blog: … [Read more...]

Foundations in Youth Ministry: Making Mission Part of Your Mission

Foundations in Youth Ministry: Making Mission Part of Your Mission By Daniel Griswold (This is the first copy of the article published in The Advocate, UMC Publication in the South Carolina … [Read more...]

Revolution: An Amazing UMC Youth Group Retreat – Our Group’s Report

Amazing-Revolution Growing with God this Weekend in Columbia, SC 14 of the Surf and ACDC Youth set out on an adventure to Columbia to the USC Coliseum for a Revolution.  We joined thousands of … [Read more...]

Beginning in Youth Ministry: The Art of Perseverance

Foundations for Youth Ministry: Perseverance Albert Einstein is quoted often, saying “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results”  He may have been a physicist but … [Read more...]

Beginning in Youth Ministry: Making a Proper Foundation, Planning, and Philosophy

Building a Philosophy of Youth Ministry Khufu’s pyramid in Egypt was a limestone masterpiece that originally stood 488 ft, towering on the skyline and impressing people with the weight of its … [Read more...]

Beginning in Youth Ministry: Dealing with your Self (Identity and Remembrance)

“I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.”  (Leviticus 26:12) So far we have dealt with boldness and context.  Boldness being a necessary step in the endeavor of youth … [Read more...]

Beginning in Youth Ministry: The Art of Pioneering

As a boy, I took part in a group called “Royal Rangers” which operated much like the Boy Scouts but with different colors and awards. Each year that I participated I was invited to attend the big … [Read more...]

Youth Ministry: Understanding Context – Each Ministry Will Look Different

“Jesus Loves the Little Children.”  When I first heard it, it spoke to me.   At that time I was a little child; I listened, I learned it, and began to sing it myself.  It resonated in my heart, and is … [Read more...]

Being Human: Asking Questions and Seeing How Others are Discovering Your Faith

Asking bold questions leads to stronger faith By DANIEL GRISWOLD danielgriswold@gmail.com Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013 I’ve been a huge fan of the actor Jeff Bridges, going way back … [Read more...]

Living Beyond the Apocalypse: Immanuel

Amid all the worry, doomsday talk, there’s one big reason to feel joy By DANIEL GRISWOLD danielgriswold@gmail.com Published Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Do the following phrases seem familiar? … [Read more...]

Pastor’s Corner: Rewards to be had with delayed gratification

Rewards to be had with delayed gratification By DANIEL GRISWOLD danielgriswold@gmail.com Published Monday, October 22, 2012   Here is an interesting experiment, especially if you have … [Read more...]

Being Human: Dealing with Stress

Life can be stressful, but God is always there to get you through By DANIEL GRISWOLD danielgriswold@gmail.com Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Growing up, I had an uncle Bobby, and he was … [Read more...]

Trying to See…

This past weekend Zach and I were able to go to a Youth Leader Retreat put on by our conference.  We left Thursday and retreated until Saturday.  It was lovely.  Going to the mountains is always a … [Read more...]

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