About Maggie Nancarrow

Maggie Nancarrow is a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a lifelong Episcopalian. She currently serves as Youth Director and Communications Director at a progressive United Methodist Church in the Twin Cities. Her passion is helping congregations find great ways to live out their faith as real members of their community, including the young people and their families.

Learn to Listen, Provoke Change

Recently, I took my youth group on a hike at a beautiful state park about an hour away from our church. We got out of the city, into the gorgeous fall colors of Minnesota’s woodlands, and out into nature. And, while we were on the trail, I noticed something. These kids literally never stopped talking. [Read More…]

Let Us Not Shy Away from This

They said not in our city—our police don’t have this problem, our troubles aren’t this bad, this isn’t the same here. After moving from Chicago to Saint Paul, I said that too. It couldn’t happen here. We just aren’t like that. But that’s what we all say, until it happens. Philando Castile was killed within [Read More…]

When Parents Prioritize Church: Serving Our Neighbors

The Day I Heard “I think this takes priority over soccer” was the greatest day of my youth ministry life. It was amazing—a parent was pulling a child from a sporting event so that they could participate in the youth event I’d planned. They were actually prioritizing church over sports! I. couldn’t. believe. it. I’m [Read More…]

“You might not believe in God, but God believes in you.”

We’re pleased to introduce Maggie Nancarrow as a monthly contributor to the PYM blog. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, and a lifelong Episcopalian. She currently serves as Youth Director and Communications Director at a progressive United Methodist Church in the Twin Cities. Her passion is helping congregations find great ways [Read More…]