Category Archives: Young Adult Ministries

Party in the ELCA

Last week was the ELCA Youth Ministry Network Extravaganza in New Orleans.  It is an annual gathering, “that draws together anywhere from 500-750 adults who work with youth in congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for the premier … Continue reading

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Word, Publisher, Websites, oh MY! Creating documents for your ministry.

I often joke about the many hats I wear as a youth worker.  These include teacher, mother, nurse, psychotherapist, musician, chef, fundraiser, and graphic designer.  Having no previous design experience I often feel out of ideas when trying to create … Continue reading

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And the results are in…

contributed by Pam Zimmer As election day comes to a close, I am preparing for this evening’s meeting of our new youth board. In order to allow youth more say in their programming, a youth board, essentially a student council, … Continue reading

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An “Imposter” Faith

A recent CNN article talks about the recently published book “Almost Christian” by Kendra Creasy Dean. The book looks at the changing face of Christianity for teenagers, but perhaps not in the way you might expect. It argues that teenagers … Continue reading

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Devotional: The Invention of Lying

I like to use devotionals that include movies and pop culture. It can be an incredible and enlightening experience to look at movies, music, or other clips in a new way. It can make a story or idea accessible to … Continue reading

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Postmodern Youth Ministry

I want to share a resource that was suggested to me soon after I began doing youth ministry. The book is Postmodern Youth Ministry by Tony Jones. There are multiple reasons why I like this resource. It is covers a … Continue reading

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Remember the Sabbath…Self Care in the Church

‘Summer’ and ‘vacation’ are two words that don’t always go together when you work with young people in the church.  With summer brings youth trips, Bible Camp, Vacation Bible School, and fall planning and preparation for the year ahead.  All … Continue reading

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Did You Ever…

This week the New York Times published an article called “Q. Did You Ever Smoke Pot? A. It’s Complicated.” The article looks at what to do when you are asked a question about drugs or alcohol by youth. While the … Continue reading

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Personal Space

contributed by Pam Zimmer Youth, particularly teenage youth, need their own space, and that need applies to church life as well.   Churches need to provide their youth group with a space uniquely theirs, a lounge, a recreation center, or … Continue reading

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Summer Camps

There are many summer camps and retreat experiences for children and youth. You can count on them being unique and life-changing experiences for all involved. Here’s a list of the some of the Summer Camps in this synod: Pinecrest Lutheran … Continue reading

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