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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 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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youth ministry is interpretation

I believe the primary task (or practice) of youth ministry today is the hermeneutical task, or interpretation. This is the first practice of the anti-model presented in an earlier post. Youth ministers often find ourselves in the role of interpreter … Continue reading

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youth ministry anti-model

Upon being hired at Augsburg College, I was intent on establishing Augsburg College as THE place to study and train for youth ministry in urban settings. It made complete sense given Augsburg’s unique location and the diversity of its student … Continue reading

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living water

Jeremiah 17:5-8 5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in mere mortals and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. 6 They shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall … Continue reading

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