If I have learned anything over two decades of youth work within the church environment it is that that the church is one of the most unproductive places on earth. Yes, I said it. If you are a youth worker, think about your day today, or yesterday, while at the
A while back we talked up the need to set up some goals in our ministry. I was thinking about how many of us have a job description that actually reflects what are jobs are about? Chances are our job description was made up of a group of people who volunteer in the
It’s the beginning of the year which is always a good time think about long term goals. What goals do you have for your ministry this year? This month? For the next 5 years? I am not a big mission statement person, those generally are too loaded or too vague
Let’s face it, we are always looking for fun games to do with our youth groups. There seems to never be a point where we are not thinking about some game activity to get the group interacting, thinking, or boost the overall energy. So we were looking at one of
Stumbled upon this series of youth ministry lectures at Yale Divinity School today. Some quality youth ministry thinking captured here. NOTE: It isn’t the biggest of deals, but you might want to skip past the introductions, if you’ve ever been to an academic keynote you will know that the proper
See what I did there? I’ve gone on a bit here and other places grousing about the lack of a standard of youth ministry, particularly within the UMC. “Particularly” because I’m in the UMC, not because they’re worse than anybody else about it. It irritates the hell out of me.
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. “Here is what we’ve learned,” we tell them. “You learn it too, then we’ll all know.”
Had an interesting conversation a few months back. We were planning our confirmation process (which we will highlight later at a later date). There were almost no sign ups, even though we had a few years worth of teenagers who had missed out on confirmation (due to leadership changes over
If you are like me you look at your gathered group of teenagers having a discussion or talk and see a constant drop of the eyes into the screen of the cell phone. Could be a text, most likely a text. Could even be them reading the bible, not often
I am constantly watching the Netflix New Arrivals list for films that are streaming that have good overall watchability as a youth ministry movie and that also may have a specific scene that can be useful as part of a youth group lesson. One recent addition that is worth noting
Looking for a no set up youth devotion that quite possibly will be the hardest devotion ever? This is for you then. The Wesleyan movement that became Methodism / Wesleyanism and other faith expressions of today, had a few key practices that helped to facilitate the revival led by John
Our buddy Eric over at Mt. Hebron UMC in Columbia South Carolina put together a “Duck Dynasty” themed youth night. The fun of it is was to jump onto the fan rave of Duck Dynasty and their colorful cast of folks by dressing up and doing a few silly games.
Have been cleaning up my house and office in preparation for a hopeful move. In doing this I ran across some notes from a conference I attended quite a while back that stirred a number of thoughts. One of the speakers was Donald Miller. This was the first time I