Guest Post: Kicking Off Another Student Ministry Year (Part 1)

In this 2 part guest post, Stephanie Riebe and Joe Garrison of Castleton UMC in Castleton, Indiana share ideas on how to launch a great youth ministry year! In this post, Stephanie shares 2 key events to get everyone informed and excited about the ministry year.  In the second post post, Joe shares three things he believes help provide for a successful kickoff to school year ministries within...
read more

An Invitation And The Story Behind The Georgia Street Worship Event

Last year during Annual Conference, a homeless man approached me, so excited because he heard “the Methodists were in town.”  He was looking for a “revival,” a place to meet Jesus and encounter the Spirit in the midst of one of the lowest points of his life.   When I explained we would have worship later in the evening at the convention center, his face went from hopeful...
read more

5 Ways To Get Your Whole Church Involved In Youth Ministry

After almost a whole month on the road and a super amazing vacation, I am back to the wonderful world of blogging!  I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been asked the question “How do I get more people involved in youth ministry?” during the month of October. I am excited that the question is being asked! Here are 5 ideas to help get you started. Feel free to comment with...
read more

Will You Join Me? An invitation to see the needs of this world through an 11 year old’s eyes.

In a world where a child dies from malnutrition every six seconds, I have everything it takes for survival, and so much more. I have food. I have water. I am alive. I have clean clothes to wear tomorrow. I am safe. I have a proper education. I have a family that loves me, and pets, and a home. I have freedom, as a child, a Christian and a female. I have everything that a kid my age (11) could ask...
read more

Wisdom For Young Youth Pastors… From Someone Who Was Once “Just A Baby”

I was 19 when I first entered the wonderful world of ministry. I was “just a baby” or “still a kid” in the eyes of many and, to be honest, it really made me mad! As I reflect on those days, I realize now that in the eyes of people 3 times my age, I kind of was “just a kid.” Here’s what I learned (and am still learning) along the way, and wish someone...
read more

Remember… I will always love you. The older my children get, the more I realize the power of those words. With each blink, my children seem to grow… physically… spiritually… intellectually. It’s quite beautiful to watch, but sometimes it is frightening to think of them out there – in this great big complex world – without me to hold their hand… to...