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Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 6

In prior weeks we have focused on the first seven principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic and Holistic. This week we move onto two more … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 7

In prior weeks we have focused on the first nine principles: Youthwork is- Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential. This week … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 5

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 – … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 4

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 … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 3

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 – … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 2

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 … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 1

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 … [Read more...]

7 Slow 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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

3 Youth Ministry Lessons Learned from the Sidelines

In sports, the sidelines are the lines that mark the limits of the playing field or court.  Players and referees are actively engaged within the playing field.  As an athlete in the game, you may get … [Read more...]

7 Slow Ways To Experience Holy Week Again for the First Time

Easter is coming. Like a house motto in Game of Thrones, Christians proclaim the day of resurrection is near.  And of course it is near but I find that many of us in youth ministry may not slow down … [Read more...]

Beware of SSS (Squirrelly Spring Syndrome)

It seems to happen every year. The last frost has melted from the ground.  The first blooms are poking their heads through the surface of the warming ground and the air fills with the songs of … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

4 Lessons Learned at Progressive Youth Ministry Conference 2014

Last week I had an opportunity to experience something different.  The Progressive Youth Ministry Conference was a youth worker conference that, on the surface, seemed very hipster.  In emails sent … [Read more...]

Great Justice Starts in the Hearts of a Few (Pastor’s Corner)

Thomas Merton was a 20th century writer and Catholic mystic. SUBMITTED PHOTO Great justice starts in hearts of the few BY DANIEL GRISWOLD danielgriswold@gmail.com March 18, 2014 I’m … [Read more...]

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