Tithing our anger

By Dave Barnhart
Your anger is too valuable to waste. I will confess, there is something particularly smarmy and preacherly about telling people what to spend their anger on, as if we have a… read more

Story time: How to be the kind of adult that youth actually want and need

By Elizabeth Corrie
It was only the second night at the Youth Theological Initiative’s three-week Summer Academy, and one of the staff members, whom we will call Anne, along with four teenage… read more

It’s the homestretch: Denomination reaches 90% of goal to combat malaria

By Laurens Glass
Thanks to the efforts of United Methodists across the connection, the church has reached 90% of its goal of $75 million to combat suffering and death from malaria. At a special… read more

Whatever happened to parents?

By David Olshine
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM? Let me first stop and affirm that a number of youth workers—paid and nonpaid servants—highly appreciate and value the parents of their teens. … read more

Justice and God's requirement

By Ray Speller
With what shall I come to the Lord and bow myself before the God on high? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings, with yearling calves?Does… read more

Remembering J. Ellsworth Kalas

By Mary Catherine Dean
Ellsworth Kalas was one of the good ones. He was warm, wonderful, a pleasure to hear from; a pleasure to be around. As his editor, I knew it was going to be a good day when I saw… read more

Oldest U.S. graduate seminary to close campus

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald / Religion News Service
(RNS) America’s oldest graduate seminary is once again blazing a trail for other mainline Protestant institutions to follow. But this time it’s a path many would… read more

7 steps to thinking strategically in the moment

By Ron Edmondson
Have you ever said something you wished later you hadn’t? It was a quick response, they needed a decision now — or thought they did — so you fired off an answer. … read more

Mayor remains church pastor, thanks to dad

By Sam Hodges / United Methodist News Service
The Rev. Mark Holland needed help when he was elected mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, and not just at city hall. Holland knew that if he was going to be a full-time mayor and… read more

Do something in the world: Youth ministry and ecology

By Timothy Van Meter
Youth ministry is an opportunity for a church to exhibit its true character. In some cases, the church is afraid to let young people live out their passions in the midst of the… read more

Youth events: Leading from within

By Sabrina N. Short
High-carb, high-sugar menu...check. Games that involve large amounts of marshmallows...check. Volunteer for the pie in the face...check. Youth space large enough for the game of… read more

Why I don't always give people an answer

By Ron Edmondson
I have a theory I practice often. I’ve been using it for many years — as a leader, father, a friend and a pastor. It’s not always what people come looking to me… read more
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