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Welcome to a Reformed Church (free ebook download)

Welcome to a Reformed Church (free ebook download)

Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims by Daniel Hyde explains what Reformed churches believe and why they structure their life and worship as they do. In layman’s terms, Rev. Hyde sketches the historical roots of the Reformed churches, their scriptural and confessional basis, their key beliefs, and the ways in which those [...]

Top 10 Keys to Longevity in Youth Ministry

Top 10 Keys to Longevity in Youth Ministry

I received this question from a youth worker in December: I am speaking at a youth ministry event on Longevity in Ministry. I would love to hear back from you on what your top 10 secrets of longevity in ministry are? Here’s what I wrote in response (in no particular order): Embrace humility. Ask people [...]

3 Innovations Youth Ministry Must Make

3 Innovations Youth Ministry Must Make

Here are a handful of innovative movements I long to see in youth ministry and am committing myself to. Go organic. Buy local. Youth ministry simply must become more organic and local. Of course, your practice of youth ministry is local, but I’m addressing the whole engorged body of thinking and resourcing and modeling in [...]

Those Who Have Ears Let Them Hear

Those Who Have Ears Let Them Hear

We now live in a day when everyone has access to share their message on the Internet, and millions of people are doing just that. One estimate noted that every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003. All that content is being scattered everywhere online, and it [...]

We Need Some Painful Disruption in Youth Ministry

We Need Some Painful Disruption in Youth Ministry

Last fall, a friend of mine sent me this quote in a Google chat: The major advances in civilisation are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur. – Alfred North Whitehead And, immediately, I started thinking of youth ministry. And this is what came to mind: I don’t like pain. I [...]

10 Trends that Will Reshape Youth Ministry

10 Trends that Will Reshape Youth Ministry

What will youth ministry look like in 2020? There are more studies of young people and their faith today than at any time in human history.  Despite this wealth of information, our methods have not significantly changed since contemporary youth ministry was birthed in the 1950s and 60s.  That will change in the coming years. [...]