This is Where Your Heart Belongs.

This weekend was complicated. Even this morning, I am at a loss for words. This weekend was our fall retreat weekend at Camp Mowana with our youth ministry. It has always been one of my favorite weekends of the year, as we gather for a weekend of faith building and friendship with middle schoolers, high school … Continue reading This is Where Your Heart Belongs.

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Returning-ish to the real world.

My medical/maternity leave from work officially ended a week ago--six weeks from the date I went into the hospital--the date that now divides our lives. The end of my leave meant the start of my return. My return to work. My return to the "real world." My return to regular human interaction beyond our safe … Continue reading Returning-ish to the real world.

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy [Infographic]

What are teens sharing on social media? Who are they sharing it with? It may be different from what you think. The folks over at Pew Internet just released the following information on Teens, Social Media, and Privacy. As teachers, youth ministers and parents, it can sometimes be challenging to stay on top of the latest technology … Continue reading Teens, Social Media, and Privacy [Infographic]

Understanding Snapchat [Infographic]

I was first introduced to Snapchat back in November 2012 while hanging out with some of my favorite youth ministry colleagues at our annual youth and family ministers' retreat at Lutheran Memorial Camp. The photosharing app had just started to gain some traction and popularity among our teenage ministry demographic, so a few of us … Continue reading Understanding Snapchat [Infographic]

Messy Beautiful Soul Friends

Let me introduce you to my soul friend Carolyn. Carolyn and I have one of the strangest, messiest, most beautiful friendships that I have ever experienced. Back before God convinced me to go into youth ministry, he began weaving this incredible relationship that would change my life, challenge my faith, and deepen my understanding of … Continue reading Messy Beautiful Soul Friends

Evernoting Youth Ministry

I have a group of colleagues in my local youth ministry network that lovingly (I think?) refer to me as Evernote Erin. My friend Bryan is constantly asking me how big the royalty checks are that I must be getting from Evernote on a weekly basis. Because, clearly, I am an evangelist for Evernote. Really, though, I … Continue reading Evernoting Youth Ministry

Holding Your Family Together

"Imagine a home where every person feels loved, valued and heard. Imagine a family that seeks God's wisdom, will and Word together. Imagine an intimate, affectionate community where every night is an experience of caring, sharing, comfort and peace. You can make this beautiful picture a reality in your home. But it won't happen by accident." … Continue reading Holding Your Family Together