Archive | Exemplary Youth Ministry

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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29 January 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Extravaganza 2009

I’m on my way to the ELCA Youth Ministry Network extravaganza. This is an annual gathering of youthworkers, pastors, and various other folks involved in ministry with young people. The event has been called the town square, where people come to meet and talk shop with others living in the same worlds. I’m presenting a […]

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13 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Do you feel fresh?

I just returned from the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza. The Extravaganza is the annual gathering of youth and family ministry folks, publishers, camp folks, and various other contingencies. I have attended this retreat in the past, though it’s been a couple of years. The Extravaganza (the name they use for what I would describe […]

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12 June 2007 ~ 0 Comments

How do you teach youth ministry?

Now that I have graduated with the other DL students from Luther Seminary with an MA in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry, I find myself ready to teach others youth ministry. But what do you teach? This is a legitimate question for me because I will be teaching Foundations of Youth Ministry at Hillsdale Free […]

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07 February 2007 ~ 0 Comments

The Multi Church Event

As youth ministry has matured over the years we’ve seen more and more organizations develop that host youth ministry events that churches can bring their kids to. In my nine years of youth ministry it seems to me that the number of multi-church retreats that we’re invited to has increased. Generally, I think these events […]

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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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