Archive | Book Discussion and Review

05 March 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Just do it

It’s so interesting to me to read this chapter, because the activities they talk about throughout the chapter are exactly the type of things Melissa and I do in our relational work; looking for conversations during long drives, highs and lows (where have you seen God working?), transparency (doubts, telling our stories, talking about mistakes), […]

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13 February 2012 ~ 8 Comments

Is sticky even enough?

The world of youth ministry has spent the last ten (maybe 15?) years struggling with the components laid out in this first chapter. We’ve known for many years that that kids often don’t continue to practice faith to the same degree through their college years, and in fact we celebrate when a youth ministry is […]

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17 December 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Continuing Education, youth ministry, and Skype!

Take three recent (2007) graduates of the MA in Youth and Family Ministry. Add the technological marvels of Skype. Mix in a book by a professor in the program, and you get a guy at his house playing with his dog, another at a local coffee and pastry establishment, and one on his bed at […]

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01 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

The boy myth

The boy myth

I’ve been looking forward to reading William Pollack’s Real Boys this summer. I think I’m about one chapter in, and I must admid I find it to be a bit alarmist already. It was quite refreshing to read this article from Time that seems much more objective and makes some good points. Some high points […]

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31 January 2007 ~ 4 Comments

Our modern fascination with the professionalization of youth ministry may have kept us blissfully ignorant of our growing proficiency at rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Mark DeVries, Family Based Youth Ministry, 2004 edition. Competent Leadership is a component of Youth Ministry Strength according to the Exemplary Youth Ministry Study. The description of that […]

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24 January 2007 ~ 1 Comment

Stop the spread of MTD’s!

If a sexually transmitted disease were spreading through our community, we would sound the alarm and attack it with education, dollars, and research. According to the National Study of Youth and Religion, the problem is not STD’s, but MTD’s. This is, according to Christian Smith, researcher for the study conducted from 2001-2005, a belief among […]

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