As we continue our journey through Genesis, our next stop is with the age-old sibling rivalry of Cain and Abel. This may be one of the most relevant stories for teens to relate to! (Not the killing part, of course!) But we have probably all, at some point, been frustrated with a sibling. (You may… Continue reading Cain & Abel…Cities Civilizations
Student Learning Outcomes Students will understand that the flood narrative can be found in many faith/secular traditions. Students will better understand the attributes of God (mercy, grace, justice, etc.) Students will be able to see how the Flood Narrative could be used today to justify violence. Scripture Reference Genesis 6:1-9:17 Teaching Notes Always begin a… Continue reading The Flood
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?!
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
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
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?
One of the hardest parts of youth ministry is finding enough volunteers. I don’t care how big your church is, or how many teens are connected to the ministry, EVERYONE is in need of more help! If you are at the end of your rope, wondering where to look for another warm body, believe me,… Continue reading Don’t Be a Lone Ranger