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No Perfect Age, No Secret Formulas in Youth Ministry

By Michelle Thomas-Bush and John Turnbull On Sunday nights at Myers Park Presbyterian in Charlotte, NC, youth and advisors gather for dinner before youth group, while younger children assemble for age-group programming. Imagine this scene unfolding. Then listen in on a conversation between youth leadership team staff members Michelle Thomas-Bush and John Turnbull as they …

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Children Lie. Get Over It.

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning One of the most chilling areas of psychology, for me is clinical child psychology. I’m not sure why, exactly. Perhaps it’s a result of my stint at the children’s ward at a state mental hospital during my CPE experience. Or perhaps it’s because a too-close examination of …

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Releasing the Laity

By Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning One of the courses I taught at seminary went by the clumsy title of “Developing Lay Leadership in the Congregation.” I always thought it one of the most important courses I taught, though I remained frustrated that I never found the best way to teach that one. …