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What if youth ministry was about more about helping young people discover their ministry than just playing games and keeping the kids out of trouble? This blog is dedicated to themes of faith formation and accompanying young people as they discern their God-given gifts and passions.

Faith & The Muggle Generation

I wonder what would happen if we immersed ourselves in God’s stories just as much as we immerse ourselves in stories like Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Bachelor or the Hunger Games? How would that affect the way we live? What kind of people might we become? Continue reading

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Why Millennials Are Coming To Church

Does the life of the church hinge on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? Can we answer the question of why we gather, and why the Christian gospel is good news even beyond the walls of our church? And can I meaningfully contribute my gifts to the life of this community? Continue reading

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Free From Anxiety

It seems to me that the talk about Millennials is really just code for our fear that the church might die. If we allow ourselves to truly and honestly confront our feelings about the loss of Millennials by looking such death squarely in the eye, our church will find its own freedom from the anxieties of death as it seeks to embody Christ’s gospel. Continue reading

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Why Are Millennials Leaving the Church?

What would happen if we treated young people as if they mattered? What if we unleashed young people to passionately live their faith in daily life? What if we listened to their deepest passions, and found ways to encourage them in Christ’s name? Continue reading

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Living Theologians

Whether we’re called youth workers, youth ministers, or quite simply “the youth guy” (as I’ve been called far too often), the reality is that ours is a theological task. The thing is, nobody warned me about this before I took my first youth ministry gig. Continue reading

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Scapegoating the Young

The young people were there. They were contributing in a variety of ways – through worship leadership, outreach, campus ministry and numerous other things. But the books hadn’t balanced, and that required someone to blame. That’s what young people are for. Continue reading

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What’s Your Story?

What’s your story? What story do you find yourself in? Are you the star of the story, or a member of the cast? How do you see yourself, and how do you relate to others in your life? Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Tables

Growing up, my family and I would spend every Christmas Eve at my Aunt’s house. We’d pack up the car in the early evening and make the hour-or-so drive from Milton, Ontario to St. Catharines. St. Catharines was where my … Continue reading

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Fact or Fiction?

I recently found an interesting study from the Barna Group discussing why young people leave church. The research lists six significant reasons why nearly three out of every five young Christians (59%) disconnect either permanently or for an extended period of … Continue reading

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Expectant Hope

From Andrew, an apprentice of Jesus Christ. To God’s people in the Anglican Church of Canada, faithful followers of Christ. Grace to you and peace from God our Father. In this Advent season may God uphold you in hope held … Continue reading

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