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Youth Ministry Workshop this Weekend

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing at a youth ministry workshop in Mexico City.

I was invited by some youth workers I met at a Youth Specialties conference here, and I’m looking forward to being with them.

They asked me to come to their church and do a 2 hour conference on youth ministry. So, I’ll head over to the other side of the city and teach some youth ministry basics. I’ll be teaching on some topics I’ve been blogging about over at ministeriojuvenil.com.

It should be lots of fun.

I’d appreciate it if you’d pray for me.

It’s Labor Day and I’ve Already Finished Teaching One Course

The last week I was quiet on Facebook, Twitter, and here mostly because we were extremely busy.

Earlier this year, the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary made an agreement with the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California which, among other things, brings in visiting professors to Mexico every once in a while to teach intensive courses.

Last week was the first time we had some professors visit, and guess who got to be the host? That’s right: yours truly. It was great to have the two visiting professors here, and it was nice to meet them both. The students had a great week with them, too.

I was also teaching a youth ministry course last week. Each day from 8 AM until 2 PM I had “Principles of Youth Ministry” class with the freshmen and a few visiting (hopefully soon to be freshmen) students.

We had a great, yet exhausting week.

This week we start the official course schedules at the Seminary. I’ll be teaching “Ministry to Troubled Youth” and “Youth Culture.

YMI Summit Presentation

We just had our bi-annual Youth Ministry International Summit. This year it was in South Dakota. The Summit is a time for all of the YMI missionaries from all over the world to get together and share what God is doing in their respective regions.

Here’s my report for Latin America.

Flying Cars and Youth Ministry

Yesterday the latest edition of “Lider Juvenil“, the Spanish Youth Specialties magazine, came out.

I wrote an article for it called, “Flying Cars and Youth Ministry.” In it, I talk about how it is a little dangerous to predict the future of anything. Just look at the Jetsons (and Back to the Future). I don’t know about you, but I’m a little disappointed that I’m not driving a flying car that packs up into a briefcase.

I also talk about some transitions that I either see happening or think need to happen in youth ministry, specifically in the Latin American context. They might even apply to other contexts.

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Why I Spent 6 Hours in the Car this Weekend

I spent most of Saturday in the car. I was driving to Puebla, a city about 3 hours southeast of where we live in northwest Mexico City.

I was heading to an event in the “Disciples of Christ Bible Institute” at First Baptist Church Puebla. They invited me to participate in an event to promote the Institute and the new Certificate in Youth Ministry program that we are starting there in August.

I taught a sample youth ministry class and also shared a conference about “God’s Call.” The audience was mostly people who are interested in studying at the institute, so the topic of the conference was perfect for them.

The crazy (if not unusual) thing was that as I arrived in Puebla, I got lost.

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Graduation 2012

Last Saturday was graduation at the Mexican Baptist Theological Seminary. We had 9 students graduate from the Certificate in Youth Ministry program (a one year degree) and 2 students graduate from the Bachelor’s in Youth Ministry program (4 years).

Graduation is always bittersweet. In the case of Kareny and Josue, we have been with them for 4 years, and we have seen them grow into incredible youth pastors. It is like watching our own children grow up and move out of the house. They will be heading to Monterrey in a month, and we will miss them.

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Virtual Youth Ministry Hangout

Last night was a first for me. I decided to try to use the Hangout feature on Google+ to get together to talk youth ministry with some youth leaders from around Latin America. I called it a “Virtual Youth Ministry Course.”

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