As I transition into my new role with the Evangelical Covenant Church, first let me say what a deep honor it is to serve Christ and you. I am humbled by the opportunity, excited to serve, and watching in expectation

Be Creative with Teaching

Post a Comment » Written on April 9th, 2014     
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Check out this brilliant blog post from Jim Murphy, Youth Pastor at Evangelical Covenant Church of Bemidji.

I love to use mnemonics! 4 words that start with C. The first letter of each word in a sentence or series

The Power of True Identity

Post a Comment » Written on February 26th, 2014     
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“Who am I?”  How a person answers this question determines what they believe about themselves.  To answer it wrongly leads to a life of misery, regret, and futility.  However if one answers it correctly they could lead a life filled …

A feast worth of most

Post a Comment » Written on January 6th, 2014     
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post1In a sermon in 412, Augustine called Epiphany “a feast worth of most devout celebration.” It completes the season of Christmas by inviting us to discern the identity of the Christ child. It means “manifestation” or “showing forth” – Eastern …

Missional Minded Youth Ministry

Post a Comment » Written on December 2nd, 2013     
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“Some people think that students are too young…I disagree.”

John Moores, a youth pastor from Canton, Ohio, shares how God is using missional communities to transform the lives of his students.

Let’s Not Forget About Thanksgiving Season

Post a Comment » Written on November 27th, 2013     
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Our national day of gratitude should be more than just a kickoff to the Christmas season.

When I hear Christmas Carols play the day after Halloween I always roll my eyes. From the moment Halloween ends we are thrust into

Stories permeate student ministry

Post a Comment » Written on November 20th, 2013     
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by Kyle Thomsentho_kyl

“…we are overcomers by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony…”

Stories permeate student ministry. We tell funny stories, Bible stories, and always challenge people to share “their” story. Everyone loves when a

How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence

Post a Comment » Written on November 13th, 2013     
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Harvey_How_Long_cover_1I’m also cautious of the dudes who hang on the corner… But I can’t snap on them like that because I don’t know what they got. Plus I get kind of scared when I tell them no because I don’t

YWU Prayer request

Post a Comment » Written on October 23rd, 2013     
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Please join us in praying for those who faithfully serve the Lord at the Pacific Southwest Conference.

We are thankful for those who give their time and talents to the welfare of young people. May God give them wisdom,

Ed’s Story – A 7-Film Series about Hope

Post a Comment » Written on October 14th, 2013     
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This is Ed Dobson.

He has an amazing story of hope that has reached around the world. Please take two minutes out of your day to learn about his story.

Ed’s Story is our story. Diagnosed with ALS and given