After surviving the horrors of the Burundian genocide, Maggy Barankitse established a complex set of institutions to help war orphans survive and thrive. Her project is built on her faith in God’s love and the belief that raising a new generation in hope will disrupt the cycle of violence.
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Youth from Clemson UMC take part in some typical activities, such as beach trips. But the focus of the church's youth formation is to invite them to see themselves as part of the narrative of God’s redemptive work in creation. Photo courtesy of Clemson UMC
In South Carolina, Clemson UMC has changed its approach to youth ministry, adopting a richer, deeper model aimed at forming young people into devoted disciples.
Youth ministry isn’t about helping young people create a successful future but about standing with them, waiting for the fullness of God’s action. A youth ministry scholar and author of "The Relational Pastor" reflects on Advent, eschatology and young people.
Project Transformation is a literacy and youth development program that has successfully expanded to three states. The key is maintaining the program’s core strengths while allowing flexibility, leaders say.
Where did the playfulness in leadership go?
Churches and denominations need to create and maintain a “culture of calling” rather than occasionally emphasizing it, writes a church history scholar at Campbell University Divinity School.