About Kevin Alton

Kevin Alton is the Executive Editor of The United Methodist Reporter, Senior Writer & Editor for the Youthworker Movement, and co-founder of the Wesleyan youth resource Youthworker Circuit. He lives in the Georgia woods just outside of Chattanooga, TN, with his wife Britta and their two boys, Grey & Penner.

Book review: “Bonhoeffer as Youthworker” by Andrew Root

This new work by Andrew Root would be a worthwhile read even if only as a refresher course in the remarkable life and ministry of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Book review: “Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry” by Jeremy Steele

Its exploration of Wesleyan history and living isn’t intimidating to a newcomer nor is it too understated for one well-versed in Wesleyan thought and practice.

Book review: “We Make the Road by Walking” by Brian McLaren

“We Make the Road by Walking” is and isn’t the new book from Brian McLaren.

Book Review: “Age of the Spirit” by Phyllis Tickle with Jon M. Sweeney

Continuing a thread begun in “The Great Emergence” in 2008, “The Age of the Spirit” digs deeper into the complexities of the idea of a cyclical upending of culture, theology, and religious practice that seems to occur every 500 years or so.

Book Review: “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God” by Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer is the bull in your spiritual china shop. “Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God” is challenging, upsetting, heartwarming, offensive, and fascinating.

Christian Hip-hop Artist Tedashii Headlines Youth 2015 GO ON Tour

DYMP’s Youth 2015 GO ON Tour kicks off in ATL Sept 13

the upper methosphere: Is Facebook wrecking your church page effectiveness?

…if you can. Methoblogger Wil Ranney recently posted about his growing beef with the effect that Facebook’s ever-shifting newsfeed algorithm has on churches (and other non-profit/for-profit entities) who are trying to communicate with their respective audiences. While acknowledging the beggars-can’t-be-choosers argument about complaining about a free service, he goes on to outline how it’s unlikely […]