Category Archives: theological reflection on youth ministry

youth ministry is experiential

The father of experiential education, John Dewey, presented the world with his most concise and compelling vision of what experiential education could be in his classic, Experience and Education in 1938. It has some valuable lessons for those of us … Continue reading

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youth ministry is vocational

Emmanuel! God is with us, in the vocations of our youth! Vocation is the most critical issues youth ministry faces today. If we cannot help young people listen for and discern God’s call in their lives, then they will find … Continue reading

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Youth Ministry is Holistic

22% of children in the USA under the age of 18 are living in poverty. Yet, when I hear the Church talking about young people I don’t hear us talking about poverty rates. I only hear us talking about post-confirmation … Continue reading

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Youth Ministry is Relational

Mission without relationship is colonialism. Ministry without relationship is patronizing. I’ve been guilty of both many times. I was new to ministry and had developed a complex chart depicting the leadership structure that my ministry would take including youth committee … Continue reading

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Youth Ministry Is Theological

Kenda Creasy Dean’s Almost Christian has gotten a lot of attention in the past year and I am glad. I was beginning to think that we (as a Church) had glossed over the findings of the National Study of Youth … Continue reading

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youth ministry is proclamation

  “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the  blind, to let … Continue reading

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youth ministry is discernment

If your goal is to simply socialize youth into the church and its routines, then you do not need to read any further. Good luck with that. However, if your goal is to invite young people into a life of … Continue reading

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