Learning To Love: Thoughts On Faith Formation In Young People

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One of the questions that seems most prevalent in youth ministry circles–outside of “how many students are in your youth group”–is how do you know if a teenager is growing in their faith?

It seems most of us long for some definable or measurable way to record faith formation. And I wonder if this quest, though often rightly motivated and sincere, is missing an invaluable piece of the puzzle.

Because maybe measuring faith isn’t something that is so easy to detect…at least not in the way we want to measure it.

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Why Camps Matter

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It’s been a couple weeks since we finished our summer programming which included trips, events, and of course, camps. Towards the end of July, I had the chance to speak for a week at a camp as well. Needless to say, it’s been a busy and full summer.

Yet again, I was overwhelmed at how God uses camps to speak and guide students. After twelve years of youth ministry (with lots of camps and retreats), I’m convinced now, more than ever, of the importance and necessity of camps.

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Reflections On A Decade of Ministry

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This summer marks my tenth year in full-time ministry. I’m still not sure how that happened. A lot has changed over the years in my own thinking, processing, and understanding of ministry.

I decided to jot down some of my thoughts as I reflect on where I’ve been, and with God’s guidance, where I’m going.

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Women In Ministry (In 2017)

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For the past few years I’ve been teaching a class at my alma mater–Hope International University. The class is called Introduction to Youth Ministry. Over the years, I’ve had classes of different sizes. One year I had as few as five; another I had as many as fourteen.

My class this year is on the smaller size. I have six students. But what’s even more interesting than that is the class is all girls. Working each week with these young ladies who are passionate about being pastors and serving in the church has been incredible and eye-opening in a number of ways.

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