UPDATE: We have closed down new registrations due to spam & an eventual repurposing of this site, but feel free to read prior postings and check out the blogs

The Heresy of “Keeping Christ In Christmas”

I am from a small town. One small town in fact, Piedmont, Alabama. It is a beautiful little place nestled in the foothills of Appalachia.  It has some of the most gorgeous mountains in the fall and … [Read more...]

A Thanksgiving Blessing/ Reminder for Families

I hope you are gearing down and are getting ready for some well deserved time off to spend with family and friends. Thanksgiving, like so many holidays, can seemed packed, rushed, angst filled and … [Read more...]

New Devotional For YOUR Students- Extraordinary Time

I am so excited to tell you about my new 365 day student ministry devotional called Extraordinary Time. 365 Ordinary Moments with an Anything But Ordinary God “I love the heart of this devotional. … [Read more...]

The “Fixer” Problem in Parenting

As mentioned on this Blog before, I love Anthony Bourdain. Beyond all of the great writing, incredible food and interesting people his show provides one element that separates it from the rest of the … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 10

This week ends our summer series on Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork.  Our hope is that you can use all 13 principles as you shape ministry over the next school year.  In prior weeks we … [Read more...]

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork- Part 9

In prior weeks we have focused on the first eleven principles: Youthwork is – Family Based, Congregational, Relational, Discipling, Missional, Evangelistic, Holistic, Bible Based, Experiential, … [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 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...]

3 Questions

3 Questions is a program that we developed to help create honest dialogue between parents and kids. For some reason in a one-on-one setting there’s nothing harder for a kid to do than pose a point … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Project 365: Day 103 How Not to be *That* Sports Parent

  We are a sports family.  Between the 3 kids, my husband and myself, we have played soccer, cross country, track, baseball, basketball, football and cheerleading.  As an athlete, a sports mom … [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...]

Next Steps… A Follow Up to The Open Letter

The last two weeks have been pretty crazy.  The Open Letter to Parents post blew up and had over 25,000 unique hits in just a few days.  The number of emails, calls, texts and personal conversations … [Read more...]

Brought to you by the friendly folks at Youthworker Circuit & Youthworker Movement