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Healing with connection – not with a fix

Brokenness, heartache, disappointment, loneliness… We all go through periods of times where we feel these things, and during adolescence it seems like a daily roller coaster for many students. As a parent or mentor we have both the experience and tools to offer solutions. But when we swoop in and “fix” things we are missing… Continue Reading

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Letting Teens Lead

The Purpose of Youth Ministry… DEFINITION: Youth ministries are the ministry of students to the world, not the ministry of the church to students. The difference is huge – either way, we see students as needing help or we see students as the answer to the world’s needs in the name of Christ. (Definition from… Continue Reading

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From Faith to Faithing

An interesting article by Steven Argue at the Fuller Institute on faith – specifically the faith development process as a teen – caught my attention. Below is just a part of the article. You can read the article in its entirety at: http://stickyfaith.org/articles/from-faith-to-faithing. faith path StacyAsh, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries / Wesley UMC From… Continue Reading

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Staying Safe Online

We have all heard the stories about teens being “catfished” online [tricked by someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using social media to create false identities to pursue deceptive relationships online]. Many times the person being tricked might give personal information to the catfisher. Even more frightening are the incidences of teens being… Continue Reading

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To Be Known

When you were a teenager what did you want more than anything? The things that jump to mind are new stylish clothes, my own car to drive, freedom to do whatever I want, the newest in cell phone technology. Did you want those things? Most of us did. Many times we want those things because… Continue Reading

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How To Talk To A Reluctant Teen

Talking to teenagers is easy for some , and a challenge for others. Being a parent of a teenager does not guarantee that communication will be easy. How well the conversation goes can depend on what kind of day your teenager has experienced, and what type of communication you’ve had in the past with them. One thing to… Continue Reading

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Developing a Life of Prayer

What was your prayer life like as a teenager? We ask this question each year at our year end 8th-grade retreat, “How often do you pray?” The choices are: several times per day, once per day, once per week, and when I remember to. We talk about prayer in our small groups each year. We… Continue Reading

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Helping Students Cope With Transitions

“I suspect that if you are like me, you prepare for lots of changes in your lives, the lives of your family members, and the lives of the kids you serve in ministry. But we may come up short in thinking best how to prepare for the transitions that those changes bring about.” This is… Continue Reading

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