Name It by Kristen Baltrum

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When I first started in professional youth ministry, I simply wanted to create an environment of relationship and “church fun” that mirrored my own experience as a teen. While that worked on some levels, I was pretty sure something else was happening that I could not name — I had no language for it. After a number of years in …

Leveling the Playing Field by Nancy Going

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EYM levels the playing field: We used to think that great youth ministry was built pretty much exclusively around a dynamic youth minister, so the church who found that person won! Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work, and they didn’t win. Here’s some of what that faulty thinking produced: A revolving door of youth ministers. A youth ministry that is its …

What if? More from the D6 Conference by Jason Miller

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There is a great deal of power in those words, “what if?” What if children, youth and family ministries were more than a program? What if they become the basis of a fully integrated mindset for the relationship between the church and the home? Imagine the possibilities: Parents taking on their God-given roles as the primary faith formers for their …