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I’m a Youth Minister… and I Plan 12 Months Ahead

Pre-planning allows youth ministers to create and develop rich patterns of intentional discipleship, and it allows them to do this as a community, collaborating with both the mission and vision of the church, as well as the specific heart’s desires of the youth group community

Youth Group Lesson: Fruits of the Spirit

Why does Paul list fruits of the Spirit? Why not vegetables? Because fruit have visible seeds and caring for a seed makes a useful analogy to caring for our fruits of the spirit.

Slip n Slide Kickball

Slip n Slide Kickball – kiddie pools, plastic sheeting, and water – is a refreshing way to finish up your summer or kick off a new season of youth group!

Mission Trip or Pilgrimage: Know before you go

Planning a church youth trip this summer? Defining the purpose and character of the journey is key. Mission Trip or Pilgrimage? Each has unique benefits.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know: A Recipe for Confirmation

Home baked bread has been part of my life ever since I can remember. On Sundays my mother would take out the Joy of Cooking, turn to page 603, and begin gathering the ingredients. By evening our family was gathered around the kitchen table for warm bread topped with melting butter. I use that same […]

Dangerous Apps

What’s a parent to do when apps and social media sites pop up faster than we can get dinner on the table? How do we know what our kids are seeing, writing, texting, and receiving on those ubiquitous devices?

Youth Ministry Fundraising: Creative Ideas to Fund Mission

I have been collecting and occasionally devising creative youth fundraising ideas, which I want to share with you. But before I handing over my crib sheet, I want to stress the importance of thinking local when you do fundraising.

Advent for Everyone – Intergenerational Ministry at St. Barnabas

Something for everyone. Nourishment for spirits of all ages. Perhaps not the quiet and contemplative Advent event I thought I should offer (and, subsequently, that they should want), but what they actually need, want, and will appreciate.

Tourist, Missionary, or Pilgrim?

Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey’s end. Amen.

Youth, Doubt, and Grace

She’d stopped going up for communion the last few weeks. I knew she was experiencing serious doubts about the existence of God and the relevance of the church and it’s liturgy. So her question, and the answer I needed to give her, carried a lot of weight.

A Faith That Asks Questions

Does going to church or temple or mosque really accomplish anything? Does reading and reflecting on sacred writings have any actual power to inspire people of faith to be agents for peace, love and healing in our world?

Tips for a “Medium” Christmas Pageant

I keep upping the pageant ante, and the year will come when I have to backpedal. But I’m here to say that it’s all worth it when you sit your children down and they vehemently defend the pageant as an offering to their parents, the congregation, and to God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Making Time for Kindness

Playing prosocial video games led to greater subsequent prosocial behavior in the real world.

Redeeming Halloween: Ideas for Christians and Churches

I never did like Halloween, even before I had any spiritual reservations about celebrating horror, occult imagery, death and dismemberment. I recall when I was about three, my well-meaning dad tried to abate my fears by showing me a monster mask, then putting it in front of his face to demonstrate that it wasn’t real.

Competition at Church

I still have my “award pin” in which every year I received a “bar” to add to the shield (first year) with wreath (second year) pin. Twice a year I remember the superintendent of our Sunday School (probably January and June) call children forward for their attendance award.

This is confidential, but . . .

I heard the same stories from across a great chasm of different understandings. I heard broiling anger and mistrust from both sides of a relationship I’d always admired. I saw where each party’s words and actions left gaping wounds to the other’s psyche.

Resources for Youth Formation

Any ONE curricular resource will probably not fit your whole group. Which is why you may have to tap into several resources and tweak them to fit your (and your group’s) needs.

Generational Staffing

The church as a whole seems to clamor for more youth involvement. But when we really tried to make changes in our parish, like pointedly asking young people to come aboard and help re-invent parish life, there wasn’t exactly cheering in the pews.

Pilgrim’s Progress: Today’s Version

We would be up with the dawn. So I lay there praying for guidance even as that mean little voice in my head told me I’d failed this pilgrimage with my lack of vision, my inexperience. And we would never have this opportunity with these kids again.

Youth Ministry Now (Again)

The very survival of our particular Christian traditions, not to mention the fulfillment of our Christian mission, demands that we attend urgently and passionately to the Christian formation of our young. For young people to be the future of the church, we must fully welcome adolescents into the present of the church as well.