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Confirmation: Hope for a Lost Sacrament?

When young people feel seen and heard, their faith readiness becomes apparent. Valued, confirmands become engaged in authentic community where deep examination of belief and practice matter. Such a dynamic climate sustains a confirmation program, strengthens the host congregation, and retains youth after they are confirmed. The data shows that teenagers are already motivated to participate.

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Gathering, Blessing and Sending Forth with Paperless Music for All Ages

There are many advantages to paperless music. These songs can be used any time, any place, without preparation or printing — all you need is a leader with a song they know “by heart” and the willingness to sing. These songs allow people to be fully present without worrying about finding page numbers or hitting exact notes. This type of music is wonderful for children, older adults, and intergenerational gatherings because you do not have to be able to read or see well in order to participate. It’s also easy to include gestures, steps, or even moving around the space to paperless singing.

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Trauma and Youth

A brief introduction to trauma informed ministry and how it intersects with youth ministry. Definitions, resources, and a working example.

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Conversations about Consent with Youth and Young Adults

We believe that God has given us free will. Faith leaders should encourage conversations that recognize consent and routinely encourage autonomy of choice. Long-time youth minister Heidi Carter offers suggestions for how to hold these conversations with youth and young adults.

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