Youth Ministry

Does a youth worker need to use commentaries? – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

We all know that church pastors and ministers use commentaries (or probably should!) to plan their sermons – but do our youth work messages come with the same requirements for rigor and depth? I think so, yes. Check out the video where I not only make my argument, but show you really quickly how to choose and use them. Related This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by admin Read Full Article

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The Justice Edition – Helping Youth Workers Build Successful Youth Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Delay of justice is injustice. – Walter Savage Landor The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. – Theodore Parker Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are. – Benjamin Franklin “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow’s cause,” Isaiah 1:17 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Amos 5:24 Articles…

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Learning Together: An Asian American Perspective On Racial Justice and Reconciliation – Youth Ministry Christian Article

As our country takes a hard look in the mirror and acknowledges a long history of racial prejudice and injustice, we at Rooted want to observe things from every angle and every viewpoint. In this interview we’ve invited our friends Kevin Yi and Clark Fobes to speak with us about racism against Asian-Americans during the Covid-19 crisis, complicated issues of discrimination within the Asian-American community, and how racism particularly impacts teenagers.  ROOTED: How does discrimination play out differently for Asian-Americans? …

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You’re not supposed to be here – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One Tuesday night, around 10:15, my doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting anyone to be stopping by my house that day, much less at bedtime, so I confusedly made my way to the door to see what nitwit would be showing up so late, ready to give them a piece of my mind about etiquette and prior notice of arrival. And then I heard someone singing Unchained Melody. Immediately recognizing the voice, I yanked open the door and there, standing on…

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The Bones | TheSource4YM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Main Point: When you make God’s way your foundation, your relationships can weather any storm that comes. About the Artist – Maren Morris Maren Morris hails from Texas and began writing and performing music at the ripe age of 12. Eight years later, she moved to Nashville to pursue her country music career. She began focusing on songwriting, penning songs for both Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson, before releasing her first major label album Hero in 2016. Her lead single, “My Church” earned…

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5 Keys to Maintaining Momentum – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Momentum is moments put into motion and action. Leading with momentum is an art form. I am not a surfer. (It’s hard to be one when you grow up in landlocked Oklahoma.) But I do carry a respect for water and waves. The few times I have foolishly gone body surfing, I have been swallowed by the waves. Much of body surfing is learning how the ocean works. Every time I inhaled salt water was a chance to reflect on…

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The Complete How and Why Behind Youth Ministry Burnout – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I started Smarter Youth Ministry more than three years ago…specifically so that I could one day write this very article. I’ve spent countless hours researching youth ministry burnout, interviewing youth workers, and testing theories and ideas for youth ministry. Today, I’m rolling back the most significant discovery yet: exactly how burnout happens, and what you can do to stop it. We’ve finally identified the precise behaviors and warning signs that will put you on a path to youth ministry burnout.…

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Kids, Families, and Pandemic Spiritual Needs. . . A Free Livestream Tomorrow! . . . – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Early on during the pandemic shutdown I was invited in to several dozen Zoom calls with groups of youth workers and parents. While the invites asked me to speak about youth culture trends and kids during the pandemic, I worked to do as much listening as I possibly could. I listened to discover what my in-the-trenches peers. . . both youth workers and parents. . . were being forced to face. Issues that need to be addressed tend to be…

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Party of One – DYM Blog – Youth Ministry Christian Article

You prepped a lesson. You planned games. You posted on social media. You showed up. But they didn’t… or maybe just one did… Sure it’s been a crazy few months, but things are finally coming back to some sense of normal. Shouldn’t they be here? Yes, they’re busy kids but it’s summer, they should have more time. It’s disappointing, it hurts, but one showed up. So now what? Do you teach to one like a crowd? Do you ditch the…

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What Parents Want from Youth Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin June 8, 2020 Most parents don’t automatically make youth ministry a top priority for their students. It’s not that they dislike youth ministry; it’s most likely because youth ministry is not meeting their needs or expectations. parents, priorities, and expectations We all make priorities. We choose to spend our time on what is most important to us or on what will give us the best bang for our buck. Make no mistake, parents are investing in their…

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How to Facilitate Racial Reconciliation – Youth Ministry Christian Article

(EDITOR’S NOTE: I led this conversation with Jeffrey Wallace and Brent Crowe  several years ago, but it’s more pertinent now than ever. Racial tensions, like embers in a forest, have been whipped into a flames by controversial (and deadly) confrontations between white police officers and young black men. Racial distrust and misunderstanding now define our contemporary culture in profound and far-reaching ways. We need an ongoing, courageous conversation to break the tension…) More than any time since the ’60s, today’s tensions…

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Talking to Kids About Racism – Youth Ministry Christian Article

As the recent events in our collective history unfold, there have been questions in my mind. What is mine to do? How do I approach the topic of racism with the children in my life so they feel safe? And what advice would I give parents? Our teaching invites us to turn to prayer or treatment and look within. This morning my prayers were answered in the form of an article in the New York Times, California Addition ~ and…

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5 Things Teenagers Can Do – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Jun 4, 2020 | Advocating for an end to racial injustice is work that all of us should be committed to. For teenagers, it can feel scary not knowing who to talk to as they begin to articulate their beliefs, express their doubts, and challenge things that aren’t right. Teenagers need examples of people listening to and learning from each other, so they can learn to do the same.This is why I wanted to have a conversation with my friend…

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Youthwork for the Long Haul – Interview with Ali Campbell – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I’m so pleased that Ali dropped by to share from his long experience how to stick at youth work for the long haul. This is an immensely helpful half hour to get more equipped to stick at what we do for years to come! Thanks Ali 🙂 If you want to check out more from Ali, check out… Let’s get into the interview. Related This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by admin Read Full…

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Helping our children face change again. – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When we first heard that schools would be closing, we were facing a big change in our lives.  Yet that has now become the new normal for us.  Several weeks on, we hear that schools are preparing for going back, but not all years at the same time.  There is so much uncertainty right now for children, parents and teachers, of not only when they will be going back, but what will school look like?  It’s not surprising that some…

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Raising Up A Micah 6:8 Generation – Helping Youth Workers Build Successful Youth Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Danielle Blevins for a conversation on Justice, Race and Youth Ministry. Danielle graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Communications in Broadcast News from the University of Alabama. In 2012, Danielle graduated from the highly-ranked University of Alabama School of Law with her Juris Doctorate. She is a collaborator in the non-profit I Am A Reconciler But more than that, she is a former student of mine and a woman of…

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Dear Jon Steingard (and others in his shoes) – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Note: This letter/article is written to Jon Steingard, formerly of the Christian band Hawk Nelson, who announced over Instagram that he is no longer sure he believes in the existence of God. His Instagram post tells his story about how he lost faith, his growing doubts, and what has recently led him to publicly announce his loss-of-faith. Dear Jon, I’m a youth pastor and I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the ways that Christian culture puts young men and women who…

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Why is Joseph an Important Part of the Story? – ProjectYM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s so easy to get swept up in the Advent season to get excited about Mary and Elizabeth and John the Baptist and on and on and on. There are so many giants of our faith in Advent that it’s easy to glance over Joseph. He is huge figure in the life of Jesus and an example to us as parents, teens and all Catholics. Here are two takeaways from his role as Jesus’ papa. Quit Talking and Listen There…

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Helping young people grieve and take action – Youth Ministry Christian Article

photo by Clay Banks The Fuller Youth Institute stands wholeheartedly with Fuller Theological Seminary in denouncing “the senseless, brutal killing of George Floyd and the countless instances of abuse and othering of black and brown bodies in a long line of systemic injustice … The loss of life is cause for full-throated lament, and it is for that reason that we choose to stand in solidarity with those who have lost loved ones, with those who are seeking justice, and…

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How to Change a Ministry Culture – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Podcast: Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk with Brian Mills, the senior pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Yukon OK, about how to change a ministry culture successfully. Show Notes and Quotes: You cant change a culture you don’t know. If you don’t study the culture first you become the know it all who just moved in and will make some really bad decisions.  To change a culture you must know the…

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Teaching Teens How to Read the Bible (and Actually Understand It) – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It’s incredibly important to teach teens how to read the Bible so they actually understand it. I grew up in a home without a dishwasher. To be more accurate, I grew up in a home of four children. We were the dishwashers. Then, one summer in high school I landed a nannying job watching two little boys. And it all went well until I broke their kitchen. Being a helpful young woman, I loaded the dishwasher after lunch one day and decided to run…

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When Silence Helps. . . Something To Think About. . . – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Over the last few days I’ve many times seen the quote about silence equaling complicity. It comes from a variety of sources, including MLK, Bonhoeffer, and Einstein. I agree. But I’m afraid that easy words. . . typed by thumbs and posted on social media for all to see while sitting comfortably away from the conflict. . . are often our best efforts at silencing our own silence. . . and thus leading to a feeling that we are not,…

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Reinflating Student Ministry after Covid 19 – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Remember when you knew how to do youth ministry? Like, you really could “blow it up,” so to speak. Before “coronavirus,” youth ministry was this amazing balloon that we’d inflated, decorated, wrote on and bounced around. We went to conventions to discover materials we could use so our balloons last longer. Experts showed us how to take boring, skinny sacs and twist them into memorable shapes our kids would want to keep. We’d laugh in professional circles when someone let…

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