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This is Youth Ministry


At the end of December, I saw that one of my Spanish speaking friends on twitter posted a picture from his youth ministry with the caption “Esto es Ministerio Juvenil”, which means, “This is youth ministry” in Spanish. It gave me an idea to do a contest asking our friends to send in a picture they thought would show what youth ministry is.

We had over 60 photos sent in for the contest. It was really fun to see the representations from different countries. People sent in pictures from Columbia, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, and other places.

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Youth Ministry in the Coast of Oaxaca


Oaxaca is a beautiful state in Southern Mexico, with incredible mountains, pristine beaches, and a rich cultural heritage. We had the privilege to visit Oaxaca a few years ago for vacation, and it’s still one of our favorite family memories of all time.

Oaxaca is also a state in which opportunities for youth ministry training have arisen in the last few years. Juan, one of the graduates from the Seminary program in Mexico City, has returned to his home state, fired up his youth ministry at his local church, and has begun training youth workers for local churches starting with a certificate level program in Puerto Escondido.

When I was in Oaxaca at the end of December, Juan told me that there was an opportunity to start another certificate level course in the capital of the state, and we are looking into the possibilities to begin in February.

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Youth Ministry Forum

Saturday we had our first Youth Ministry Forum at the Seminary. It was a first for many things.

I think it was the first time the format was used for a youth ministry event (at least at our Seminary). We tried to make it very interactive and participatory.

We also transmitted live on the Internet (using Ustream), including the members of the chat in the discussion. We had about as many people participating via the internet as we had in the auditorium.

There were people from Juarez, Oaxaca, Monterrey and all over Mexico watching what was happening. I never heard if there was anyone from any other countries watching the forum. But overall, it was a good discussion.

Here are some pictures we took of the event.

Youth Ministry Forum

December 3 we’ll be having our first ever Youth Ministry Forum at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary.

Kind Words

I skyped into the board meeting of Youth Ministry International in order to give a little report on what is happening in Latin America, and I received such an encouragement from David Adams, the director of the Center for Youth Ministry at Southern Seminary in Kentucky. Check the video to hear what he said.

His words were just what I needed to hear, and they reminded me of Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”

Lessons for Youth Month

The Youth Department of the Mexican Baptist Convention approached our Center for Youth Ministry asking for help to plan a series of Bible studies for “youth month”, which will take place in January of 2012.

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Training Trainers

Randy Smith from Youth Ministry International came to Mexico last weekend to meet with various Seminaries to talk about a new Master’s program we are starting to train youth ministry professors. These professors will then start youth ministry programs at their Seminaries.

Despite horrible traffic, the meetings went well. If all goes well we will begin the program sometime next year, and at the end of the program there will be at least 4 youth ministry programs at Seminaries throughout Mexico.

Here are some pictures we took of the meetings.

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