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Wesley Ellis
Husband, Youth Pastor, Thinker, Blogger, etc.
Husband, Youth Pastor, Thinker, Blogger, etc.
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Grace as Spaciousness: Reviewing Emptiness by David Auten
With this, his third book, David Auten has really come into his own - not only as a theologian and a pastor but as a spiritual guide. With a style and demeanor that's reminiscent of the likes of Henri Nouwen and Richard Rohr, Auten invites the reader into a...
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Encountering God in the Stories of Others
This Post Was originally published at Kindred Youth Ministry Mike is the drummer for the praise team at our church. He’s a young guy, a teacher at the local high school, a drum line instructor, and—perhaps most importantly—a drummer in a band that plays ven...
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The Right Tool For The Job
You’ve probably heard of Maslow’s hammer metaphor: " if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail .” This metaphor rings true when it comes to how we think about the young people with whom we minister. The tools we have for interpreting young p...
The Right Tool For The Job
The Right Tool For The Job
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4 Reasons Not to Engage in Missional Entrepreneurship
The church’s energy around missional entrepreneurship and innovative approaches to ministry is encouraging. While there is no shortage of complacency and while fear still too often precludes real creativity in our churches, more and more church leaders and ...
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I talked a little with the guys from Kindred Youth Ministry about adolescence and how we should think about young people when I was in Florida for the Flagler Forum .
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Abigail Visco Rusert and Kenda Creasy Dean on Youth Ministry
Last month my friends Kenda Dean and Abigail Visco Rusert were interviewed at Yale Divinity School on "awe" and "transcendence" in youth ministry. Take the time to listen to what they had to say, you won't be disappointed.
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A Thought on Being
To say, "you are what you love" (see James K.A. Smith) is not actually all that far from saying "you are what you do"--which is the hegemonic claim of a capitalistic anthropological imaginary. The two claims both emanate from some autonomous interior self, ...
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Friendship, Joy, and Youth Ministry
Meet Bobby... Bobby is one of those high achieving kids. At school, he’s an “A” student who sits in the front of the class, actually does his homework, and (gasp!) studies for tests. Bobby’s also a pole vaulter on the track and field team. He’s always among...
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"Untamed Friendship" Interviews and Lecture
In November, Kenda Creasy Dean and I were invited to Yale Divinity (to the Yale Youth Ministry Institute ) to be interviewed and to give a lecture on joy and friendship in adolescence for their Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing project. Below, you ca...
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Practicing Passion in Youth Ministry
“If adolescents and Christianity are both so full of passion, then why aren’t young people flocking to church?” ( Practicing Passion , p. 4). This is a central question of what is to be considered one of the most important books on youth ministry ever writt...
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