Navigating through the messy waters of where we are as a United Methodist Church is not easy for any of us. However, it is especially difficult for youth leaders. Young people today ask tough questions, mainly because they can investigate anything with their cell phones and Google. So when we try to answer off the… Continue reading A Way Forward While Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing
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
In this podcast, we talk about our own calling, and how to incorporate the terminology and understanding into our young people’s ministries. I believe God has a purpose for each one of us. Our job is to search for that purpose. This includes our profession, but also just our daily lives, “What is it I… Continue reading Hello…Who’s That Calling?
Youth Pastors say the most difficult part of the job is managing ministry with the lives of busy families. But we want nothing more than to support parents during the teen years. On today’s podcast we talk with a mom of 4 young adults that grew up in church and youth group. She shares why… Continue reading A Parent’s Perspective
Mission trips have become a staple for many youth ministries. All school year is spent raising money for the trip. Youth leaders spend time recruiting enough adult volunteers with the right skills. Vans are rented. Then the time comes for everyone to pile in for the selected destination to do God’s work for a week. … Continue reading Do all the good you can…
The biggest impact we can have on young people in our communities is through teaching those in our fold leadership development skills. If we spend our time teaching our young Christian friends how to influence others, our efforts to spread the Gospel will multiply. As our country slowly lowers the expectations of our leaders, it… Continue reading Daring to Empower Teens with Compassionate Leadership Skills
Decency~Respect~Dignity: Talking Points around the Supreme Juridical Confirmation Hearing Introduction: This confirmation hearing has been just one more thing that separates our country. In an effort to show our young people that even if we disagree on issues, we can find common ground somewhere and walk away from discussions agreeing to disagree, still respecting and speaking… Continue reading Kavanaugh Hearing Sparks Critical Teaching Points for Teens