Category Archives: Youth Ministry

Ditching Father and Resisting Gender Roles

There are other reasons I am leaving Father behind. [See my previous post, Relationship: Parent, my most-viewed blogpost ever, for my initial explanation of why I’m leaving this term behind.] For one, I increasingly reject gender roles. The terms Mother and … Continue reading

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Onomia, Oh My!

Today I visited Camp Onomia, one of the outdoor ministries of the ELCA, located just two hours northwest of Saint Paul in the Mille Lacs area. And I am so glad I did! Camp Onomia is set on beautiful Shakopee … Continue reading

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Do Not Say They Are “Only” Youth

Edited and re-posted from my congregational newsletter. My jaw dropped. On one of our recent “Living Faith” gatherings of the Confirmation Class – a Sunday night event that includes dinner and hands-on faith activities – we began with a game … Continue reading

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Questioning My Commitments to “The System”

I leaned over to a pastor friend of mine and said, “It’s events such as this that make me question my commitment to traditional forms of worship and ministry.”
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Kneeling During Lent

On Sunday at the closing of our Sunday School ministry – a gathering of all the children's Sunday School classes we call "Closing Devotion" – I talked with the kids about bending down. It was the First Sunday in Lent, … Continue reading

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Confirmation Ministry: Age Grouping in a Medium-Sized Program

Like many Lutheran congregations, my congregation's Confirmation Ministry is a two-year, group-graded program involving 7th and 8th graders.  And like most Lutheran congregations, one year of the program focuses on Martin Luther's Small Catechism, and the other year of the … Continue reading

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Confirmation Ministry: Sunday Evening Gatherings

In an earlier post I shared how we are using the Here We Stand confirmation ministry curriculum to help us teach the Bible to our 7th and 8th graders.  Yet the hour-long, traditional Sunday School class session – informally dubbed … Continue reading

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