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Mission Trips and College Applications
Thoughts on Faith / Uncategorized / Youth Ministry

Mission Trips and College Applications

The NY Times recently published a provocative article about the perceived college admissions advantage in volunteering internationally. After leading and co-leading a variety of different mission trips,  you would have to make a very convincing argument for me to plan an international work week.  Not because I don’t like travelling (I love it), but because I’ve … Continue reading

Ministry Essentials Check List
Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / Uncategorized / Youth Ministry

Ministry Essentials Check List

Transitions happen for a variety of reasons. Whether you are headed to a new position or leaving a current one, this checklist will help to ensure that the children’s and/or youth ministry continues when staff changes. Having recently left a position at one church and begun at another, I’ve spent the summer contemplating what is … Continue reading

Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / Thoughts on Faith / Youth Ministry

Leadership Styles and Bow Ties

Being between  positions at two different churches this month has given me new perspective on leadership styles. I have always worked (sometimes more successfully than others) to have the ministry of children and youth be a ministry shared among the congregation. I have never wanted to create a personality or staff led culture. Fellow Christian educators … Continue reading

Gathering and Entrance- Wondering About the Parts of Worship
Faith Formation (formerly Sunday School) / Taking the Lessons Home

Gathering and Entrance- Wondering About the Parts of Worship

“Wonders of Worship” is the theme we chose for the summer, with a vision of teaching children how to participate in worship with the congregation. After reviewing several books with lessons that didn’t quite fit our needs, I decided that teaching the four part, basic worship pattern by modeling it during class  would be the … Continue reading