CLB Youth

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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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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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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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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