The Advent of God’s Absence

I have two, often-overlapping, “target pastoral audiences.” The first are the “nones,” as they have come to be called in recent religious surveys.  Youth ministers often know all about these “nones”: young people self-identifying as religiously unaffiliated.  Most, if not all, of them received inherited traditions of one sort or another, but in the intervening [Read More…]

A Youth Pastor’s Journey to Glennon Doyle Melton’s “Love Warrior”

Heather Haginduff is the Associate Minister for Youth and Families at Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton, OH. Since seminary, the majority of the books that I own are about religion, the Bible, and the Christian Church. And most of those books, I can barely get all the way through. Because who really wants to [Read More…]

Putting the Lies in Allies

Josh Linton works as an Inclusion and Diversity Program Coordinator at ONE Gas, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also serves as chair for the Inclusive Leadership Council of the Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. And when he finds some spare time, he is the Youth Director at Claremore, OK First Christian Church. He writes [Read More…]

What We Can Teach Teens from Last Night’s Debate

Heather Haginduff is the Associate Minister for Youth and Families at Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton, OH. When you make a mistake, admit it. Humility is brave. And kinda sexy. There are some people who prepare for an assignment and others who don’t. Always show your work. Don’t let people bully you. You [Read More…]

Christian Myth in Youth Ministry (Part 2 of 2)

Yesterday Kevin Alton outlined three kinds of myths: true myths, false myths, and willful ignorance. Today he unpacks the church’s preference for the third kind of myth. Kevin is a full-time freelance youth ministry creative. He’s the co-founder of Youthworker Circuit, content curator for Science for Youth Ministry, and can be found on most social media as @thekevinalton. Deep [Read More…]

Christian Myth in Youth Ministry (Part 1 of 2)

Kevin Alton is a full-time freelance youth ministry creative. He’s the co-founder of Youthworker Circuit, content curator for Science for Youth Ministry, and can be found on most social media as @thekevinalton. Ignorance just isn’t what it used to be. There was once a time when you could genuinely not know stuff. Knowledge didn’t come [Read More…]

Pokemon GO: Gaming Evangelism

So you know about social networking evangelism through facebook, twitter, instagram, and even snapchat, but have you considered gaming evangelism through Pokemon GO? On Sunday I walked out of church after guest preaching and across the street.  I saw a group of high school age kids hanging out under at tree at a high school.  [Read More…]

Youth Collectives: from Bend to Nebraska City

At PYM16 Morgan Schmidt led a workshop on her work with the Bend Youth Collective. Greg Bolt is one of the co-founders of BYC and has recently brought this idea to a small town in Nebraska. Perhaps this innovative youth ministry idea is something you can try in your own context. In the fall of 2010 [Read More…]

Standing Up to Bullies Like Donald Trump

Last month we called your attention to a survey that explored the impact of high-profile bullying on our young people, with a particular emphasis on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. In this guest post, Joseph Feldman responds to the findings of his survey. Two of the most famous names associated with New York City apartment buildings have been in the [Read More…]

The Death of God for Emerging Generations

Christopher Rodkey, a speaker at PYM14, is Pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Dallastown, PAs, and teaches at York College of Pennsylvania, and occasionally for Lexington Theological Seminary. His new book is titled The World is Crucifixion: Radical Christian Preaching, Year C, and he is the series editor for Intersections: Theology and the [Read More…]