Conduct your own sF test for a healthy ministry culture where spiritual formation can occur // BLOG
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Conduct sF testing of your ministry’s soil/culture. Read the first part of the info below about pH testing of soil… then conduct your own sF testing of your yourth ministry’s culture. “The Importance of Soil Testing (from lowes.com) For optimal plant growth, soil must have the proper pH level. pH is measured on a scale of 1 to 14. A measurement … more

Take away technology from kids? This mom says she won’t! // BLOG
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Hot button issue or not?  What do you think?  I side with the mom in the article below who listed 10 reasons why she was going to give handheld devices to her kids!!!! http://ow.ly/uCoAG This is an issue for parents and student ministers. Do we really think that we will impede the evolution of technology in culture? I keep reading … more

Relaunching a Ministry to Youth and/or Young Adults from Scratch… It’s going to be a challenge BLOG
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FOUNDATIONAL ISSUES Traditions are great and necessary in the life of every group of people.  People of all ages participate in traditions and enjoy them.  They are part of the identity of each group.  Traditions are not a problem.  However, traditionalism or certain irrelevant traditions can become a problem.  In an interview in U.S. News and World Report (July 26, … more

Found my Philosophy of YM… Posted it to my blog!
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I found my Philosophy of Youth Ministry yesterday that I wrote in 1985 in preparation to send out to churches to get hired as a youth minister! Not bad. Had some great thoughts about discovery learning that is spot on! However, I love what I read from my youth ministry students a whole lot more! Go LCU Youth and Family … more

Biggest Challenges in YM? What would you add?
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I received an email from a prospective student who simply asked: What would you say some of the challenges of youth ministry are? Here are my responses off the top of my head.  What would you add? To maintain your own spiritual health – there are always more kids and parents to help and serve, lessons to write, and retreats … more