What I’ve Learned About Pumpkin Season

What I’ve Learned About Pumpkin Season

By Mikiala Tennie, Director of Discipleship and Students at First United Methodist Church of Stuart in Stuart, FL I used to have a general apathy toward all things Pumpkin Spice related. As a Floridian, winter is my favorite season and fall is basically an extended summer where we pretend it’s not 87 degrees outside, while wearing our favorite scarves and boots. It’s a holding pattern until Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, my apathy lasted until I started working for a church that... Read More
RYM 046: Reaching Students During The Week

RYM 046: Reaching Students During The Week

We all know it’s important to connect with students during our weekly programs. But what about the rest of the week? The truth is, sometimes we spend so much time focusing on our weekly programming, we forget about the opportunities we have to reach students throughout the week. On this episode, join ministry leaders for a conversation about why reaching students during the week matters and what you can do to inspire your volunteers to invest in their students outside of weekly... Read More
3 Ways Student Culture is Changing

3 Ways Student Culture is Changing

Being a youth worker is hard. It’s kind of like being a missionary who changes countries every 2-3 years. Just when learn to zig in response to student culture, it shifts and we must learn to zag. So, what’s the latest zag? Well, there are a lot of them. And like I mentioned here, “what’s new” is different from region to region and city to city, but occasionally there are some cultural shifts that happen on a larger scale. And one of the most recent shifts we’ve noticed is this: Everything is... Read More
RYM 045: Why Every Youth Leader Should Care About Preteen Ministry

RYM 045: Why Every Youth Leader Should Care About Preteen Ministry

Every phase in a student’s life presents unique opportunities, and the preteen phase is no exception. It’s in this phase where students aren’t really considered little kids anymore, but also aren’t quite middle schoolers yet. In other words, they’re caught in between two phases. On this episode, join Ashley Bohinc, Crystal Chiang, Dan Scott, and Sarah Anderson as they discuss what to do about students “caught in between” and why we should prioritize preteen ministry in... Read More
The Most Important Thing You Can Do With Your Student Leaders

The Most Important Thing You Can Do With Your Student Leaders

With most members of Gen Z being born after 9/11, the most defining event in their lifetime is the Great Recession. Beginning in 2007, this economic era is widely considered the worst global downturn since World War II. Generation Z, says the New York Times, “has had its eyes open from the beginning, coming along in the aftermath of those cataclysms in the era of the war on terror and the Great Recession.1” This helps explain the (surprising to many) embrace of socialism among young voters in... Read More
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