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Rasing Named to Young People’s Central Conference Post

The addition of Mighty Rasing to the staff of Discipleship Ministries as the new director of program development for Central Conferences will bolster the effectiveness of the United Methodist Church’s youth and young adult ministries in those areas of the world.

Rasing has served for the last five years as the regional staff person for the Young People’s Ministries (YPM) unit of Discipleship Ministries in the Philippines.

Commentary: Thoughts on reclaiming evangelism in the UMC

By Heather Heinzman Lear, Special Contributor… As a local church pastor, when meeting new people in the community, I rarely opened with, “Hi, I’m Heather and I am a pastor.” Over the years I discovered that statement usually did not help to break the ice, but rather immediately built new walls. Once people got to […]

Matching ‘Explorers’ and ‘Guides’ in youth ministry

By Chris Wilterdink, Special Contributor… Youth culture is always in flux, remixing itself almost as soon as the rest of us notice. How can youth leaders authentically minister with those living in perpetual beta? To that purpose, Young People’s Ministries at the UMC’s General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) is launching an exciting new online tool, […]

Kids’ stuff – The tricky art of the children’s sermon

If you’ve attended United Methodist churches long enough, you probably recognize this squirm-worthy scene: A pastor seated on the floor, trying to cue the kids to say the darnedest things. Or, it’s a well-intended layperson, slogging through a wordy message. Surrounding the speaker are wriggly children who aren’t paying much attention. It’s the gone-awry version […]