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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...]

Fall Update: Cute kids, new book, author video–what more do you need?

Dear friends & fellow readers, I’m not generally a fan of gloomy fall days, but this one makes me want to drink hot cider, snarf a pumpkin donut, and–oh, why not?–write my annual … [Read more...]

“Light Upon Light” coming soon…

It has taken me a few years, but I think I’m ready to admit: I’m not a blogger. I’m an author. Note how my last post was in April, and prior to that it was sometime last fall. … [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...]

What is the One Thing?

What is the One Thing? It is about to happen. Here in the coming weeks there will a mass return from the camps, beaches, lake houses and vacations. Summer is almost over and your program is in its … [Read more...]

3 Things I Learned from Jay Hanson

Over the past two weeks I have had the privilege of talking with two of the finest leaders in the United Methodist Church. Today I want to share with you about Jay Hanson. He is the pastor of one of … [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...]

Project 365: Day 184 Jim’s Funeral

My next door neighbor Jim was a remarkable man. I knew him primarily as Pam’s husband and Darcy’s dad, a great neighbor who was quick to do things like call if our dogs escaped the yard … [Read more...]

Project 365: Day 158 FCDallas & Colorado Rapids post game prayer

Tonight we cheered our favorite MLS team to victory and the kids got a few autographs. Very exciting of course. Even cooler was catching a photo of players from both teams huddled up for a post game … [Read more...]

Good Friday Prayer Station #4

Here is the fourth in a series of Prayer Stations created by youth director Jason Huffman and his students. Read how the process they used to come up with them here. See the first three stations … [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 Good Friday Prayer Station Ideas

Here are three Good Friday prayer stations submitted by Jason Huffman. He led his youth group in an exercise to create the stations on their own. Read about their process of Youth Created Prayer … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Youth Created, Youth Led Prayer Stations

On Good Friday, the youth of our church created a walk-through, come and go prayer experience. We had eleven stations which focused on persons, items, and themes in the Holy Week story. We created the … [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...]

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