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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...]

An Open Letter to Parents from Youth Ministers or Investment Update

(I have not written on the blog in a while mainly because I have been working on an exciting new book that I will tell you more about in the coming weeks.  While there has been blog silence I have had … [Read more...]

7 Slow Ways To Work With Parents

When I started in youth ministry, I was told in various ways that one of the main goals was to get youth away from their parents because then we could really do some spiritual good.  Some para-church … [Read more...]

3 “Aha!” Moments I Didn’t Expect to Teach at Perkins School of Youth Ministry

  Ever had an aha moment?  An “aha moment” is defined as “a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension,” according to … [Read more...]

5 ways that Grand Theft Auto 5 is making youth ministry easier

A few weeks ago Grand Theft Auto 5 landed on multiple platforms in the gaming community. Well, every community. In its first 3 days of sales, Rockstar Games allegedly hit 1.5 billion dollars in sales. … [Read more...]

Why You’re Letting Your Old Job Run Your Current One

It happens too often. I am up, walking around, coffee finished. I go to my bathroom, turn on the shower, shut the curtain then… I walk away. I will go to the living room, see the dog and … [Read more...]

The Round Up- October 18, 2013

  Student Ministry What Happens When Parents See Youth Ministry as an Elective?- Average Youth Ministry Why “No” is One of the Most Important Words in Youth Ministry- Andy Blanks … [Read more...]

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