CLB Youth

Event Planning

A friend of ours in youth ministry asked me a few weeks back if I could name the process I try to follow as I plan events. Before I go down that road, it seems uber-important to speak to why I do events. 1. Events can easily allow students to invite friends which in turn builds

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Getting In Walt’s Head

Getting in Walt’s Head The following is a four-part series of notes based on the seminars Walt Mueller offered at IPBC in September of 2012. The Digital Brain Session/Friday night’s Notes If you are in youth ministry, then chances are you’ve read something that Walt Mueller has written. Walt is one of the premier experts

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Games for the Win

5 + 5: Games for the Win 5 older games 1. Four Corners ?”It”? counts to 20 or whatever in a four-cornered room and everyone picks a corner to stand in and they have to be in that corner by the time ?”It”? reaches 20. Then “it” chooses one of the corners and everyone in

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Fundraising

A few weeks ago we had a conference call on fundraising and I wanted to write right away but it just didn’t happen. Now I think I know why. I had a fundraising dinner this weekend and we put all we could into it and our attendance was 60% of what we had planned and

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Coming and Going

Psalm 121 has been words I’ve had in my head for the last few months. Now as I understand this passage, it’s almost a song sung by one or more people who are making their way to Jerusalem and if you understand it that way, it helps you to understand some of the words in

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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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E-value-ATION

E-value-ation from Church of the Lutheran Brethren on Vimeo. There is a good chance that one of your end-of-the-year assignments is to write an annual report. Every year I put it off until the due date because it seems to me like one of the least significant things I do, but even in that exercise

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Ministry and Broken Homes

Ministry and Broken Homes from Church of the Lutheran Brethren on Vimeo. My parents just celebrated their 41st anniversary, so for myself growing up, I had a very traditional family. On top of that, looking back, I would estimate that 80% of my friends’ families came from similar family systems. But, the reality today is the students

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Book Review: Sticky Faith Launch Kit

Book Review: Sticky Faith Launch Kit About three years ago I read Sticky Faith and fell in love with its offerings and suggestions to push back against the trends that happen with students in our churches dropping out from them after High School. Following that first interaction, I used the 5-session parenting class several times and found it to be

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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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