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Ready, Aim, Focus

Just what, exactly, is youth ministry for? What is considered healthy youth ministry? What is successful youth ministry? Is youth ministry relevant? These questions linger in the hearts of many congregations and youth leaders and can’t be answered easily—nor can they be ignored.

Cultural Engagement

My hope for the future of youth ministry is that the “culture” that we are engaging in youth ministry takes young people’s bodily social location and its implications seriously. My hope is that by addressing these we will see less political division and vitriol as these young people become adults.

Making Space to Dream

We want to do faithful ministries, but our programs and buildings just aren’t the right shape. Youth ministry has been done a certain way now for quite a few decades, and my biggest critique is that this way we’ve done youth ministry has not led to good young adult ministry.

Beyond Formation

The honest, insightful and inquisitive force of young people is a unique gift at this moment in U.S. history and the Christian story.

Thinking Broadly, Going Deeply

In a world where youth and young adults are increasingly finding meaning outside of the Church, the question many congregations are asking is, “How do we get youth and young adults to come to Church?” Instead, we should be asking, “How do we meet youth and young adults where they are?”

Pizza Parties and Pneumatology

What would happen if young people had the opportunity to partner with theologians in order to design new initiatives in youth ministry as well as transform theological education?

The Sakkos, Art, and Youth Ministry

Nearly a thousand years ago, liturgical art made dynastic dreams real. In reality, an empire faced dissolution... [A]s youth ministers negotiate sharing the gifts of God—love, forgiveness, exponential family, and more—within what appears to be the deterioration of U.S. politics and church life as we formerly knew it, how will it become possible to set conditions for young people to demonstrate liturgical beauty as a cultural strength no matter what is going on?

Let Them Question

Perhaps our best approach when educating our youth is to advocate that skepticism is not our religion’s greatest enemy, but rather shockingly perhaps, one of its greatest friends, capable of enriching each of us on our paths toward self-discovery and spiritual renewal.

Modeling Good Ministry

What I find shocking is not only the fact that most of my colleagues are working seven days a week—but that they are proud of it. They view it as a sign of their commitment to their call, devotion to their community, and proof of their value to the church.

The Days After Easter: What the Times Declare about Leadership, Youth, and the Church

Thus, in these “days after Easter,” may our leadership steps be like those of Jesus and the two travelers. Marked by our willingness to accompany young people, space to express their confusion, in-depth exposure to scripture, and a tangible example of a life lived in faith. Young people are hungry to see Jesus is risen, not only in our words, but in our actions.

Satisfying a Jealous God

The only Being who can bear the weight of our praise without breaking and letting us down is this jealous, possessive God. This One who forbids us from worshipping any other—not out of spite or pettiness, but out of a deep knowledge of who we are.

Making the “Accidental” of Worship Intentional with Teenagers

When we encourage young people to make their “accidentally showing up to worship” intentional, their actions on the Lord’s Day – praising, confessing, lamenting, giving thanks, and dedicating themselves to a lifetime of following Christ in the world – have a significantly increased chance of becoming purposeful and intentional in the ways and places that matter most: in hallway at school, around the family table, on the sports field, or lying in their bed late at night.