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Too often in youth ministry, leaders feel isolated and alone. Some are in remote locations where there are few youth leaders around. Others feel a sense of competition and allow their own insecurity to stand in the way of collaborating with others. Some leaders don’t have the denominational networks or other accessible community to provide the support needed to thrive in ministry. Whatever the reason, too many youth leaders are trying to lead by themselves and simply relying on what he or she experienced as a teenager in his or her own youth group. Sometimes, we just need someone to walk with us in the ministry journey.
Taking that first foray into the realm of science and faith can be difficult. But it is increasingly necessary if we are to facilitate lifelong faith in our youth.
I don’t like Lent. Maybe it’s my personality: “7” on the Enneagram. I run from pain—seeking happy, fun experiences. Advent’s more my speed: lights, presents, parties, and Jesus arriving.
Have you ever felt a longing for ancestors, for origins, for parts of yourself you haven’t fully known? What I realize now is that the simplified Mexican-American identity I grew up with was keeping me from truly connecting with my Indigenous heritage and ancestors. While this identity is by no means “simple,” it was simplified for me—its nuances, history, and deeper meanings stripped away.
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