Archive for the ‘Ministry’ Category

I’ve been reading quite a bit lately in the area of Integral Spirituality, Spiral Dynamics, and human/faith development in general.  While admitedly anachronistic, I think Wesley had an innate sense about how faith develops and I can see in his sermon, The Almost Christian, a proto-version of the stages advocated by Ken Wilber (integral), Claire […]

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What Michael Stewart Meant to Me

Posted: April 19, 2013 by Todd in Ministry

When a student moves and comes to a new school for the first time, she is naturally filled with anxiety about how she’ll be received.  I think everyone who is new that enters a system where others are not, automatically senses that the voices of self doubt grow in proportion to the uncertainty of the […]

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I recently read Unchristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity … and Why It Matters by David Kinnaman, Gabe Lyons and Lloyd James.  I was propelled to read it as I heard about a statistic at a workshop lead by Ron Martoia that 92% of 16-29 year old unchurched people see the church […]

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At the North Alabama Annual Conference of the UMC, I recently heard Brian McLaren make the argument that the church is in a similar predicament to the United States Postal Service.  With the decline of letters and rise of email and digital media plus huge overhead, the postal service has run large deficits and has, […]

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Youth as Slave Labor

Posted: July 8, 2010 by Todd in Ministry
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You haven’t been a youth pastor long if you haven’t been approached by someone in your church (or even someone outside of it) with a request that goes something like this: Do you think the youth could -insert request for manual labor here- next week? Sometimes these requests are reasonable and sometimes they are not. […]

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