Category Archives: Church Ministries

A Different Way to Do Teen Ministry Campus Ministry Church, What This is Not

Family-centered ministry. Some congregations have seen the problem with overly segregating teens from adults and so have responded by having families do events and projects together. It’s a good idea. But it’s not the best idea. I mean it has … Continue reading

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A Different Way to Do Teen Ministry Campus Ministry Church, Putting Theory into Practice

Practice I’m a big fan of youth ministry and youth ministers. I’m just not such a big fan of turning youth ministry into a sub-congregation that practices a Christianity unlike that practiced by the rest of the church. It’s unhealthy … Continue reading

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A Different Way to Do Teen Ministry Campus Ministry Church, Short-term missions?

Theory, Part 3 — Or how teen mission trip reports can be about someone other than the teens Two short-term mission trips. Trip 1. The adults bought plane tickets and hired a bus so the kids can go to Central … Continue reading

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A Different Way to Do Teen Ministry Campus Ministry Church, Mentors?

Theory Part 2 — Or why teens shouldn’t have to tell us what they did last summer Let’s push this line of thought just a little further. And by “a little” I really mean “a lot” — because this isn’t … Continue reading

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A Different Way to Do Teen Ministry Campus Ministry Church, Relationships?

Theory, Part 1 — Or why I cringe everytime I hear that our kids are building great relationships. I have this theory. It goes like this. Sometimes we run youth ministry like a babysitting service with devos thrown in. And … Continue reading

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A Different Way to Do Teen Ministry Campus Ministry Church, Prologue and Introduction

Prologue I’m not a youth minister. I never have been. I do have four sons who’ve been part of youth ministries under several different ministers. But many readers have been or are youth ministers. Therefore, I write this knowing that … Continue reading

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Starting a Hispanic Ministry, by Tim Archer

Great series of articles by Tim Archer on something I know nothing about, over at his “The Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts” – Stockdale bilingual church Should we be preparing to be bilingual? The magic formula for having a successful Hispanic … Continue reading

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Small Groups: Community Service

I get emails: Hi. I lead our church small group program. I read a response from you to a blog concerning Sunday night church and was interested in what you said your church does. You said that your groups purposely … Continue reading

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On Spiritual Formation Done Right: A Reader’s Story

I get emails – Jay, I read your son’s post and it prompted me to reflect on my own life ~ and that’s why I’m sharing it with you ~ although you already know most of it.  (He’s so bright! Thank him … Continue reading

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On Spiritual Formation Done Right, Part 2

This video was found by Bobby Valentine and posted at his blog. Again, don’t skip the link.

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