Category Archives: Youth 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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Defining our Terms

Along the same lines as a recent post from Abby, I had two somewhat striking moments this past weekend. First, during our confirmation class I asked how many of them have heard the word theology. They hesitated until I said … Continue reading

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Learning a Lesson…

Last August, some of our High School Youth Traveled to Lantern Hill in Baja Mexico for a service trip.  It was a truly amazing experience.  We all grew in many ways.  I had my own little “freak out” moment where … Continue reading

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Opportunity or Dispair: The Landscape of Youth Ministry Training Event

We live in a fluid world, where things are constantly changing in front of us and it’s hard to keep up.  Yet in the midst of it all, some things don’t change, things like faith formation among young people matters, … Continue reading

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40

I can’t remember anymore how I came across this video, but I really love it. Quite simply, it is a video with 40 drawings of Jesus in the Wilderness: Last year I used it for the first youth meeting in … Continue reading

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Frogs Without Legs Can’t Hear – the role of HOME in Faith Formation

FrogsWithoutLegs-022711 What are the assumptions we make about how faith formation takes place? Why is “what we always did” not working? “Frogs Without Legs” explores these questions and looks at the importance of Home in a young person’s faith development. … Continue reading

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There’s a Spark in You so Let it Shine!

I enjoy being able to incorporate music into our time together.  There are many secular artists who have powerful messages to share through their songs.  But much of the music that is on the i-pods of our young people is … Continue reading

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Youth Ministry in a Digital Age

Julie Hagen and I recently led a workshop for the Koinonia Festival of Workshops about Youth Ministry in a Digital Age. We put together ideas for using social media before you meet, when you meet, and after you meet to … Continue reading

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Cookie Prayers

I did this with our group at Christmas time, but this could be a really fun and easy to prepare activity anytime — especially this week if you decide to talk about Shrove Tuesday traditions. This is adapted from an … Continue reading

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