Youth ministry

  1. Fostering Conversation Between Adults and Youth

    Article Fostering Conversation Between Adults and Youth

    Many Christian traditions practice the rite of confirmation, in which Christians—and usually young Christians—confirm the vows that they took or that were taken on…

  2. The Twelve Ways of Christmas (part 2)

    Article The Twelve Ways of Christmas (part 2)

    In part one of this essay, I outlined six ways we can celebrate and observe the incarnate Christ at Christmas. Here are the other six . . . don’t sing them all at once! The …

  3. The Twelve Ways of Christmas (part 1)

    Article The Twelve Ways of Christmas (part 1)

    Most everyone is familiar with the traditional song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. This tune hearkens back to the days when the Christmas celebration lasted for, well, twelve days …

  4. The Search for Spark

    Article The Search for Spark

    Over the years I’ve led many search and interview committees in youth ministry. And earlier in my life, I was often on the receiving end of those same…

  5. Fill-in Teacher Now Can't Be Dragged Away

    Article Fill-in Teacher Now Can't Be Dragged Away

    The junior high Sunday school teacher was going to be away, so the youth director asked John if he would fill in the next Sunday. "Sure, no problem," John replied. "I'll be glad…

  6. 5 Ways to Help Youth Give Back this Holiday Season

    Article 5 Ways to Help Youth Give Back this Holiday Season

    What is Christmas really about? Certainly not the latest gadgets or new clothes as retailers would have us believe. With the rampant commercialization of the holiday, it is easy…

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