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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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I took my youth group to a Funeral

So, I often joke/marvel/love the places I get to take my youth.  I love planning new and exciting things that we will get to experience as a group.  Never did I ever imagine I would take them to a funeral … 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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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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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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September Networking Event

A few months ago we had our first networking event for youth workers in the Metro New York Synod.  We hope you will mark your calendars for our next meeting on Monday, September 27th at 6:00pm.  I will be hosting … Continue reading

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Movies and Ministry

Last week Rebekah posted a great blog incorporating the movie, the Invention of Lying, into a devotion.  As she mentioned, I too enjoy offering movies and music as a means of discussion in bible studies with young people.  I love … Continue reading

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ARHGLU

This past Friday, our youth group met. We talked about having obedient faith and what God commands Christians to do. Part of this was making a list of the things God asks of us. The things you may expect came … Continue reading

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The Value of Numbers

contributed by Pam Zimmer As numbers dwindle within the church, youth workers are faced with emptier youth lounges, smaller events, and even event cancellations as we see the youth drift away from the church. As a bishop said recently, it … Continue reading

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