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
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
Some of the most profound quotes come in the beginning of the book, “Canoeing the Mountains” by Tod Bolsinger. He shares this from page 32, “Steve Yamaguchi, dean of students at Fuller Theological Seminary, says that when his spiritual director took a flying lesson, he asked the instructor why they use flight simulators so much. … Continue reading Drop Your Canoes!
“Will the real disciples please stand up?” (p. 14) Very early on the authors ask this question of our congregations. Yikes! Are we really being authentic to God’s mission and call in our churches? I think that most churches have fallen into society’s expectations that we must be all things to all people. This is… Continue reading Not Safe for Church. Second Commandment: Thou Shall Not Front: Be Authentic
Reaching a new generation is probably one of the biggest issues churches call me about right now. I get questions all the time asking me how church can draw in those 40 and younger. It’s a complicated problem with a very intricate solution; although, I believe a broad solution could be the answer, no one… Continue reading Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations Chap. 1