For years, my husband & I have joked about how at the National Youth Workers Conventions that we attend he needs to either crash the “Youth Pastor’s Wives” seminar or start a “Youth Pastor’s Husbands”...
Each time I’ve undergone a job search, one of the first compensation questions that I’ve asked is “How much vacation time do I get?”
For my husband & I, in these “pre-family” years, traveling has been a...
Last week, I had lunch with a good friend of mine, Kitty.
Kitty is someone that has had a hugely important role in my life since about 1990, when she came to First UMC Park Ridge as our Associate Pastor. During her tenure at First UMC, part of...
Adam McLane recently posted this interesting blog. In it, he essentially poses the question, would churches better reach their communities without church buildings?
Since reading this blog, I’ve been contemplating this idea.
For five years...
Two weeks ago, our church celebrated Quilt Sunday, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite Sundays of the year.
On Quilt Sunday, every pew is draped with several quilts – each handmade as a labor of love by six little old ladies in our...
The Greatest Generation is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation of Americans who grew up during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity...
I’ve often wondered why, if Jesus told his disciples in Mark 10:14 to “Let the little children come to me, do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs,” that so many churches today don’t...
If you were to take a poll of youth workers in the United States and ask them, “Who is the most influential youth worker in America today?” I think the overwhelming response would be Doug Fields, the Pastor to Students at Saddleback in...
For a long time, I’ve joked with my husband, Doug, about how he lucked out marrying someone who really does not enjoy shopping.
That said, I confess I have a weakness: The clearance rack at Kohl’s and REI. I can’t enter either of...
In the last 3 years or so, my husband and I have noticed a trend: We’ll befriend a couple who we really get along with, share interests, and genuinely enjoy being with. Before long, the other couple gets pregnant. Nine months later, the baby...
During the past month, I’ve been inching my way through Scot McKnight’s “The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible,” a book which I definitely recommend.
One of the things that Scot talks about in this book is...
This year, for the first time since September 11, I woke up on September 11 unaware of the date and not thinking about the tragedy that occurred 8 years ago. It wasn’t until I was about half way through the day that I logged onto Facebook...
Like many others around the country, on Wednesday night, I watched President Obama’s address to Congress regarding health care with interest.
For our entire married life, which equals our entire adult life, Doug & I have always had...
Since July, Doug & I have been feeding a stray cat. Since I’m a cat person who routinely feels bad for homeless kitties, this really isn’t all that unusual for us.
The problem is that little by little I began to love this...
Today marks the start of my 8th year in youth ministry, and the start of my 2nd year at Faith. What a journey it has been!
Last year, when I began my ministry at Faith, I was cocky and pretty sure of myself and my approach to youth ministry. So...
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Jen Bradbury on Youth Ministry
Jen serves as the director of youth ministry at Faith Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. A veteran youth worker, Jen holds an MA in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. Jen is the author of The Jesus Gap: What Teens Actually Believe about Jesus (The Youth Cartel). Her writing has also appeared in YouthWorker Journal, Immerse, and The Christian Century. When not doing ministry, she and her husband Doug can be found hiking, backpacking, and traveling.More about Jen
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