Two Blog Series from this Summer

There were two blogs this summer that had interesting, helpful, challenging subject matter. Here are some links to catch up if you’re interested…

The Institute of Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary features a series on Youth Ministry and Disability. 

“Even though there is a long way to go before the church, and youth ministry in particular, is where we would like it to be, it’s clear that a conversation is happening. The Institute for Youth Ministry is introducing this blog series on Youth Ministry and Disability as a way of shining a spotlight on that conversation. Over the next several weeks, you will find these posts among others on the IYM Blog.

In keeping with our commitment to integrating theology and practice, we believe that youth ministry needs to do more than just move the furniture. Especially when it comes to the reality of disability, we cannot just change our techniques—we must attempt to do something more comprehensive. We don’t just want to think about how we can deal with the “problem” of disability, we want to be transformed by the promise of disability. To this end, contributors to this series include bible scholars, theologians, anthropologists, educators, and veteran youth workers. Each post offers a different perspective, each with the hope of helping youth workers to be more faithfully attentive to God’s action in the lives of young people with disabilities.”

Check out the blog posts in this series here.

Jan Nolting Carter curated a series of blog posts for Next Church about transitional ministry…

a mosaic of perspectives about what it means to be in transition, each a snapshot or a facet of a much greater, God-given mosaic of change, and each written by someone who is an artist — an artist who works with people and systems in the midst of change. Together, we are a mosaic of people and ideas.

Here are the posts if you’d like to catch up:

Let us know if you’re reading blogs we should keep up with!


One Comment Add yours

  1. peter gregory says:

    Thoughts about Change:

    In 1992 I was stationed at Commander, Atlantic Fleet during the implementation of what would be called, “Don’t Ask-Don’T Tell” policy as pertained to LGBTQs at that time in the Military. The biggest change in people policy since the 1940s up until that time. I wrote the initial policy and study papers, as well as conducted the command level training post implementation. I made three points as to “change”,

    -Change is never free, risk free. There is a cost to it on all institutional levels. Nor without risk. But the cost of inaction, institutional inertia, is far, far higher and we cannot afford it. Risk is always the factor that many times separates success from failure.

    -Think about change as a series of small steps, never make perfection the enemy of the good, Change the little things first, bigger changes will follow.

    – All real change is always organic, bottom up, not top down. Broad instituitonal mandates only set policy. One is always free to agree or disagree with any policy changes, our job as Leaders is to allow that expression, but reinforce core values and make this work.


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