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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

Youth Ministry: Rollercoasters and Practicing Theology

Posted by Maria Rambuski on Sep 2, 2014 9:58:00 AM

Recently, I took our church’s teens on our annual amusement park trip—a cornersdescribe the imagetone event in all of my youth ministries. I have to admit it though, I do not like amusement parks. Now, I do like aspects of the park, but the reason most people are there is what I do not like. Nothing about roller coasters excites me. I do not like rides that offer a slow incline only to drop participants almost straight down with the encouragement to lift hands in the air while screaming. I do not enjoy corkscrew turns, riding upside down, or rides that take a person to the highest heights just to drop them from those heights in a matter of seconds. How was this ever dubbed as amusement?

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Topics: youth leaders, youth pastors, equipping for ministry, youth ministry, teenagers, adolescents

The Value of a Backstory in Team Building

Posted by Sarah Beckler on Feb 18, 2014 3:00:00 PM

When coaches develop a team, they want to create chemistry—by finding the naïve genius (talent and intelligence) of the players and by knowing each player well so that each one can function optimally in the execution of the play book. 

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Topics: youth ministry

10 (or 11) Must-have Qualities for a Student Leader

Posted by Sarah Beckler on Feb 13, 2014 4:00:00 PM
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Topics: youth ministry, student leaders

5 Things I Learned from my Youth Pastors

Posted by Peter Englert on Sep 10, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Three individuals highly influenced my spiritual growth from 7th-12th grade: Steve Bellavia, Craig Riportella, and Dan Schmidt. These youth pastors did far more than play games or pull pranks. Each one left an indelible mark on who I am today. As NES focuses on aspects of youth ministry, I wanted to share a few lessons I gleaned from these mentors.

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Topics: youth leaders, youth pastors, spiritual formation, youth ministry

Spiritual Formation for Teens is More Than Camp

Posted by Sarah Beckler on Sep 4, 2013 10:45:00 AM

A guest post by Doug Milne (M.Div. '10, Northeastern Seminary)

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Topics: youth leaders, spiritual formation, youth ministry

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 leaders, youth ministry, ministry to teenagers

5 Back-to-school Tips for Youth Ministry - It's the Most Wonderful Time

Posted by Sarah Beckler on Aug 16, 2013 2:08:00 PM

A post by guest blogger, Niki Brodeur, M.Div. '11, youth ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, N.Y.

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Topics: prayer, spiritual formation, youth ministry

Talking to Christian Teens About Sex

Posted by Sarah Beckler on Aug 14, 2013 3:49:00 PM

Part III of a series on sex, God, and Scripture by guest blogger Dr. Nijay Gupta. Read part I here and part II here.

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Topics: youth ministry, teenagers, adolescents, talking to teens about sex

What Does Our Identity Crisis Have to Do With Sex

Posted by Sarah Beckler on Aug 8, 2013 3:08:00 PM

Part II of a series on sex, God, and Scripture by guest blogger Dr. Nijay Gupta. Read part I here and part III here.

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Topics: scripture, youth ministry

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