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Embracing my Genuine Spiritual Identity

Posted by Caleb Matthews on Aug 7, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Unfiltered_Spiritual_IdentityWhile I played host for a series of youth leader seminars at this year’s Kingdom Bound festival I also found myself being personally engaged and challenged. In the first seminar Joyce Wagner, owner and primary therapist of Restoration Counseling, spoke about how to avert suicide by properly assessing the warning signs and intervening on behalf of suicidal individuals. Then, Denis Johnson, Jr., pastor of creative arts, music and teaching at The Father’s House, led a conversation around the “selfie” phenomenon and what this obsessive trend tells us about ourselves and our view of God. And finally, Jay Trainer, founder of Infuzion, unpacked the three I’s of youth ministry—image, intimacy, identity—and challenged us to consider how our ministry goals can be shaped by these three cultural influences and keep us from pursuing life-giving relationships with God and one another.

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Topics: youth leaders, reflection, youth ministry, ministry to teenagers

Questions About a Certain "Brand" of Student in Youth Ministry

Posted by Sarah Beckler on Aug 27, 2013 4:00:00 PM

A guest post by Larry Petry, M.Div. student, youth pastor, Gerry Free Methodist Church, Gerry, NY

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Topics: youth ministry, youth leaders, ministry to teenagers

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