Author Archives: Mark Johannesen

CLB Central Region Worship Retreat

The Central Region, along with Word of Life Lutheran Brethren Church in LeSueur, MN, is sponsoring a worship leaders retreat at IPOINT this fall. The cost is just $45 per person. During the weekend Professor Brad Pribbenow will lead 5 sessions designed to cover many topics related to worship. Join us as we discuss our theology of

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Being Next!

As I was locking the door the other night after youth group, I was saying good night to one of my student leaders. After having just talked for thirty fabulous minutes to his small group bible study, he was happy to tell me about, and my mind started to wander. I couldn’t help but think about that

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Summer Youth Work

I was asked if I could write an article for the Eastern Region on “staying connected to students over the summer” which I realize can be a difficult thing to make happen. As I thought on that topic it got me to name the following suggestions and ideas that have helped me. 1. Realize that while attendance does decline

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Church Junkies

One of my loves in ministry is the church. I grew up in a great church (Hillside in Succasunna, NJ) and have been on staff at three great churches which I absolutely loved, and because of that history and because of how great the church has been often in my life I think I’m actually

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An Open Letter to Parents

by Mark Johannesen An Open Letter to Parents If I had to write a thesis paper on youth ministry, I would make it a paper about parents and the church. In all my years of working with students I have consistently seen the value that a parent has in passing on their faith to their

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Divided: The Movie

By Mark Johannesen Hi everyone, A little late night dialogue is on my mind… I was encouraged to watch the film “Divided” (www.dividedthemovie.com) and give my feedback on it. I’ll make the same invite to anyone else who cares about youth ministry. -The director inferred that to think biblically means you believe in a young earth. I’m not sure

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