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youth and the ash wednesday tradition

As often as I hold up the church year and the seasons it includes, eventually I face the “What do you mean ‘we’re right in the middle of ____’ on the church calendar?” In … [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...]

Google, SEO, and what everybody is asking about the people called Methodist

Recently I’ve run into a series of articles framed around the auto-fill returns from various iterations of the Google search, “Why is _____ so ______?” The basic idea is that you … [Read more...]

I love The Getty’s Hymns: Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed

I’ve begun to learn this on the guitar.  Great Hymn – and so celebratory! Tagged: Celebration, Christ is Risen, Christian, Hymns, Life, Modern, music, Pass It On, Risen Indeed, The … [Read more...]

Write for the Youthworker Movement

Make all of your dreams come true! Or one of them, provided that dinner didn’t sit well and you were tossing and turning all night wishing you could mouth off about your opinions about Wesleyan … [Read more...]

Advent Prayer Stations

The last week before school let out for Christmas we decided to deviate from our usual worship and small groups. Instead we set up Advent Prayer stations for our youth to participate in. It took us … [Read more...]

WHAT IF: we stop teaching youth what we know about God?

Throughout the history of education (no doubt this ends in an over-summation) the current generation has buckled at the knees in an effort to hand down a set of knowledge to the next generation. … [Read more...]

Worship Guitar Crash Course – Lesson #3 – G C D Em Chord Patterns

In this short lesson from the Worship Guitar Crash Course we will take the chords we have learned so far and begin practicing chord patterns. If you need to get caught up or review make sure and check … [Read more...]

Worship Guitar Crash Course – Lesson #2 – G C and D Chords

In this edition of the Worship Guitar Crash Course we will be learning the G, C and D chords. These along with the Em and A7 you learned during the lesson 1 will allow you to play a wide variety of … [Read more...]

Our Top Ten Youth Sermon Series Topics

The fall semester has come to an end and we are gearing up for the spring. One thing I like to do is to get the students input on what topics we might cover as part of our small groups series. I wrote … [Read more...]

Worship Guitar Crash Course – Lesson 1

In the first lesson from the Worship Guitar Crash Course we learn two chords, Em and A7 Lesson 2 Related PostsIntroducing the “Worship Guitar Crash Course”The Importance of … [Read more...]

Youth Band Basics: 5 Ways To Get Off the Stage and Let Them Lead

Tonight our youth band led worship for our children’s ministry worship time. The best part was that I was never on the stage. Up until this point I have always been leading with my acoustic … [Read more...]

Keep an open mind when it comes to family worship services

  Keep an open mind when it comes to family worship services Published: August 20, 2013, The Island Packet, Bluffton Edition   By DANIEL GRISWOLD — danielgriswold@gmail.com Have you … [Read more...]

There is a Place for Young People in an Aging Society

There’s a place for young people in an aging society Published: July 30, 2013, The Island Packet, Bluffton Edition By DANIEL GRISWOLD — danielgriswold@gmail.com A wise man told me … [Read more...]

Red and the Liturgical Calendar

We just celebrated Pentecost, and if you are anything like me you like the color red in the liturgical calendar.  Maybe my bent toward red has something to do with the fact that I'm a Cardinals fan … [Read more...]

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