Youth Ministries

Just Four Things

By | Mar-18-2020 | Youth Ministries
I’ve been on FaceTime a lot lately. I’ve been talking to our teenagers from their desks, their unmade beds, their dining room tables. I would so much rather have them...

Big Feelings

By | Mar-10-2020 | Youth Ministries

When my dad died, I found myself walking around with all of these big feelings in my chest, pressing up against my ribcage and throat, wanting to burst out, but with nowhere I felt like I could allow them to go. I took up running, and with every deep inhale…


Good and Loving God

By | Feb-27-2020 | Youth Ministries

I have to pray out loud a lot. It’s part of this job, and I’m fairly comfortable doing it. But for the first few months I worked here, I found myself stumbling over the beginning of the prayer. And no matter what I tried, it never quite felt right…


Out of Touch

By | Feb-20-2020 | Youth Ministries

Have you ever felt out of your depth? Like that feeling you have when you’re a little kid and you jump into a pool, and for the first time, you realize your feet can’t touch the bottom.


The Day I Met Jesus

By | Feb-13-2020 | Youth Ministries

This weekend, at the Refuge, we’re doing what we call an “Immersive Scripture Experience” – an interactive way of engaging with the stories of scripture, specifically, Jesus’s encounter with the Rich young ruler. Take the time to consider your story – what is your story of meeting Jesus, and how do you still meet him today?


When Taylor Swift Fails

By | Feb-06-2020 | Youth Ministries

The young woman is Taylor Swift, the pop superstar, and in the recently released documentary about her on Netflix, you watch her learn one of her albums received no major Grammy nominations and her immediate spiral into shame, self-loathing, and a clear sense of inadequacy.


Innovation Lab, Phase Two

By | Jan-29-2020 | Youth Ministries

Whew, y’all. January is second only to summer as the most intense season of my year. Confirmation is part of the Youth Ministries, so in the past three weeks, we’ve had Confirmation Baptism, our biggest Revolution Weekend ever, Confirmation Retreat, Spring kick-off for the Refuge, and Confirmation Sunday.


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