Category Archives: Church Ministries

Small Groups: An Inquiry

I get emails — We are specifically looking at defining the role of small groups in our “process.” Currently, we have done no training of small group leaders, haven’t really reached any type of consensus on the goals and objectives … Continue reading

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A Different Way to Do Teen Ministry Campus Ministry Church, On Gittin’ ‘R Done

The putting-into-effect process Most churches have a deacon or a committee in charge of missions. Usually there’s an elder with oversight of that ministry or who just has a heart for missions. (Not many churches do missions without such an … Continue reading

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A Different Way to Do Teen Ministry Campus Ministry Church, On Hiring Ministers

I get emails — I am on the search committee for a new children’s minister and in our brainstorming sessions, we have discussed what it might look like to have a more integrated ministry of our children from birth through … Continue reading

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A Different Way to Do Teen Ministry Campus Ministry Church, Wrapping Up

Imagine that you’re a minister founding a congregation’s first youth ministry. Quite naturally, you’re going to ask what all church leaders should ask: What is the purpose of this ministry? How will I know whether the ministry is successful? What … Continue reading

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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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