As high school draws to a close, teenagers face many questions they’re afraid to ask, insecurities they may be unwilling to examine, and freedoms they’re unsure how to handle. How can we as parents and leaders help our young people prepare for this important transition?
Filed under: Resources, YM Network
Tags: Sticky faith, youth ministry, youth workers
Through our Sticky Faith research we learned that 40-50% of youth group graduates—like those at your church—walk away from faith and church after high school. As a result of six years of research, we launched a national movement to change these statistics.
Worship is a foundational component in most youth ministries. But what if you could challenge teenagers to think differently and more deeply about worship? What if you could push the boundaries of their understanding and their definition of what it means to worship God?
Filed under: Announcements, Events
Tags: axelson center, North Park University
The weather isn’t hot–we’re doing something about it. For 12 hours only, we’ll be offering reduced rates on 2014 Symposium registration. It’s nonprofit professional development with outstanding speakers and valuable, forward-thinking programming at a fantastic price.
Register between 9 a.m. CST and 9 p.m. CST on Tuesday, May 20 and save!
Filed under: Announcements, Events
Tags: Youth Specialties
This fall, the National Youth Workers Convention will be in Sacramento, CA October 2-5 and in Atlanta, GA November 20-23. As part of serving you, we would like to offer discounted registration costs to the conventions that you can pass along.
·$269, $299, $329! Youth workers save your code EVANCOV. When you register by Super Early Bird Deadline, your rate is $269; by the Early Bird Deadline, the rate is $299; and if you wait until the last minute, the rate is $329— its still a savings of up to $70 off the regular individual rate.
Filed under: Center for Youth Ministry Studies, Print Resource, Resources
Tags: Center for Youth Ministry Studies, youth ministry
Filed under: Announcements, Reflection
Tags: Center for Youth Ministry Studies, youth ministry, youth workers
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 as God continues to lead our church. As this season of change moves forward, I not only want to acknowledge the amazing service of my predecessor and mentor Marti Burger, but also publically thank her for leading the way in Covenant youth ministry for over 14 years. What an example Marti has been of a faithful leader committed to teenagers and their youth workers, as she has led the way following the Spirit’s lead in the Evangelical Covenant Church. I am honored to continue her mission.
In this new season it is important for us to keep our eyes on what God is doing next in Covenant youth ministry. I believe in your calling to the local church and the community of teenagers you serve. I also believe strongly in the calling we each have as Covenant youth workers, encouraging each other in ministry, affirming one another’s gifts, challenging each to grow in the Spirit, and connecting with one another from our unique cultural background and context. What arich opportunity this truly is!
For the next few months, we will be highlighting the different teams working hard to create an exciting and life changing CHIC 2015. In February, we learned about the LR2J team. This month, take some time & get to know the Leader Experience team.
Filed under: Merge Ministries, Service
Tags: mission trips, youth ministry
Easter has come and gone, so for many of you, it’s time to start planning those Summer mission trips.
I wanted to take a second to pass along some thoughts as you prepare for your Summer mission trips.
1. Leave Your Technology Behind
As much as possible, encourage your students (and leaders) to leave their gadgets behind. In many of the places you’ll visit, Internet access is a luxury. Flashing your gadgets (or bemoaning the lack of connectivity) can seem callous to the very people you may be trying to minister to.
Filed under: Print Resource, Resources
Tags: youth ministry
By Leneita Fix
Almost every day I hear a different youth worker complain about a parent who doesn’t really “care” about their child. Have you ever done that? I know I have. The “untraditional” family has become the norm with divorce rates continuing at 60% (in and out of the church), parents cohabiting, and grandparents raising grandchildren.
Then there are the struggles our students are facing. Bullying, abuse, and identity are universal. However, there are also drugs, violence, eating disorders, cutting, and just generally being a teen. We keep saying it’s “harder” for this generation.
Why do we think that?