It doesn’t matter the size church , those who serve in youth ministry all share the same problem: teens are too busy for church! It is so hard to figure out what day of the week is best for the students in your youth group because they have practice EVERY day of the week. Sunday… Continue reading Reaching Teens Who Are Crammed For Time
Earlier this summer I had one of my past “youth group kids” reach out to me. This person is no longer a kid, but an adult with a family and a career. We have kept track of each other on social media, but haven’t actually spoken in 16 years. She was going through some tough… Continue reading “Life After Youth Group. Two YA perspectives.”
EOCUMC_Podcasts I would not have survived 19 years of youth ministry without the support of others who “get it”. My first couple of years, I didn’t have anyone I knew. It made all the difference for me, once I started networking and finding others who worked with teens to share ideas. This is why I… Continue reading “You are not alone! Let’s talk networking.”
Do you feel it? Do you smell it? You know the feeling you get, the chill that is in the air when a summer storm is brewing? The smell of rain. The wind turning over the leaves and the sky turning shades of green or yellow. The ground will rumble, and you know it’s coming. … Continue reading It’s Brewing
When you think about the leaders in your church, what comes to mind? Who are they? What are the requirements to be in those positions? What are their responsibilities? I have seen more times than not, churches being led by mainly men, particularly white and mostly those over the age of 50. Now, I don’t… Continue reading Not Safe for Church: 6th Commandment~Thou Shall Watch the Throne: Rethink Leadership
If I have said this once, I have said this a MILLION time to pastors and churches. Millennials tend to not be connected to your church because of your worship services! Not Safe for Church explains that the model of “Worship Plus Two” from the 1990s isn’t working any more. No longer can you expect… Continue reading Not Safe For Church: Fifth Commandment: Thou Shall Learn How We Roll: Create New Entry Points
I think most of us have experienced one time or another, feeling like an outsider, inside a church. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, maybe you have had a conversation with someone who doesn’t feel like they are welcomed. You know, we can’t have “them” in the church, they wear jeans, have tattoos, or have… Continue reading Not Safe for Church: Fourth Commandment-Thou Shall Check Yourself before You Wreck Yourself. Provide inclusive worship and Bible study.