About Tina Itson

Tina Itson is an ordained Deacon in the UMC who has served in youth ministry for about 17 years in contexts from the local church to non-profits and a few things in between. She has a passion for social justice, connecting with others through stories, discovering the ways that God is among us, and helping teenagers to find a place to belong and to matter. She also likes to ponder about youth ministry, progressive theology, & the church on her blog at www.itsonyouthministry.com.

Practicing Change

I heard an interview last month on NPR with the musician Will.i.am about the remake he had done of the Black Eyed Peas’ song “Where is the Love?“, a song that was written shortly after 9-11 and the subsequent invasion of Iraq as a prayer of sorts—a way to talk about what was happening in [Read More…]

#FOMO

We are finishing the final details for our youth summer mission trip.  This year we are headed off to Denver with DOOR Network. (They focus on social justice work, which is a big thing for our students.)  As we were discussing this year’s rules, one of the students asked: “Are we going to be able [Read More…]

Yes, We Can Do That

Please welcome Tina Itson as a regular PYM blogger. Tina is an ordained Deacon in the UMC who has served in youth ministry for about 17 years in contexts from the local church to non-profits and a few things in between. She has a passion for social justice, connecting with others through stories, discovering the ways [Read More…]