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Spectacle: Making things go boom in youth group

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At last month’s Summit, Chanon Ross (Director of the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Seminary) talked about the concept of spectacle as it relates to adolescent culture, literature, and ultimately faith development. Spectacle isn’t something I’d really thought about before Chanon’s talk. I won’t steal his thunder, you can watch it for yourself. Of […]

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November 2014: Youth Pastors in the News

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Here’s a list of headlines from the month of November for the Google News search term, “Youth Pastor.” I’ve deleted multiple links to the same instance. 11/30/14 Beachy named new pastor at Centreville church – Sturgis Journal – MI 11/20/14 Queens Youth Ministry Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teen Girl – WABC-TV -NY 11/19/14 Arsonists Burn Down Their Former Youth Pastor’s […]

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It’s About Measurables

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“Ministry isn’t about numbers.” There’s some truth to this. But it’s also a cliche. It’s a mischaracterization of reality that is absolutely killing youth ministry. You can’t read the book of Acts and say… “Yeah, it’s not about numbers.” You can’t check your belief about hell and conclude, “It’s not about numbers.” You can’t check […]

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October 2014: Youth Pastors in the News

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Here’s a list of headlines from the month of October for the Google News search term, “Youth Pastor.” I’ve deleted multiple links to the same instance. 10/30/14 – Ex-Pekin Youth Pastor Charged in Child Porn Case – Northwest Herald – IL 10/29/14 – Youth pastor electrocuted hours after sharing life goals – Christian Examiner – Toronto, ON 10/28/14 […]

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