Many teens struggle with the creation story. Once they start learning science and history in school, things no longer add up. We are living in the information age and teenagers have that information at their fingertips. So, it is our job to help them know how to filter all that information to find truths. It… Continue reading In the Beginning…
How often do you give teens or young adults the opportunity to ask the really hard questions? I mean the really hard questions about faith/the Bible. We are about to embark on a study this school year that will help you, especially those youth leaders, like myself, who have not been to seminary, dive into… Continue reading What the what?!
Summer is here and so are our college students! What are you doing to interact with them in your faith community? We always think it needs to be a blown out program, but ministry with college age students can be simple and meaningful all at the same time. We talk about this very thing today… Continue reading Reaching College Age Students
We are Christians, of course we are nice to everyone! There are few members of our congregations who would say that they are not welcoming and nice to ALL people who want to come to “our” church. The kids in our youth groups would say the exact same thing because that’s how we raised them.… Continue reading We are all welcoming…but not affirming
Those of us in the United Methodist church have had a hard couple of weeks. In the last week of February delegates traveled from all over the world to meet in St. Louis for a special session of General Conference to decide the church’s stance on LGBTQ+ ordination and marriage. If you have paid any… Continue reading Moving Forward
I read this book at the end of last year, and if you have had any ministry conversations with me, I have probably mentioned it to you. If you are in ministry right now, and especially a United Methodist (pastor or laity) I HIGHLY recommend this book! Tod Bolsinger, the author, connects the Lewis and… Continue reading Leave the Canoes Behind
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.