Posts categorized as "Culture"

Feedback: Conversations on Faith & Doubt

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Feedback happens when a signal gets looped back into its source, like a guitar’s pickups being overloaded by the sound coming from its own amp. Usually this creates a lot of noise and dissonance. However, in the right hands it can be harnessed to create beautiful things: think Sigur Ros, Bon Iver, or even Neil…

Making A Place For Young People to Grow

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A key component of youth development is a focus on establishing nurturing environments where young people can discover their identity in Christ. Far from simple coddling, making a place for young people to grow means promoting safe, healthy, caring environments within corps and communities. Read more on the research behind the youth development concept here….

Moving the Church – Part 2

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*Disclaimer: No darts were actually used in the determining of this year’s moves. Probably.* Last year, on the eve of The Central Territory’s annual move announcements, we considered part of The SA’s historical reasoning behind our system. Left untouched in that discussion was whether or not our system was helping us actually achieve the goals…

Chap Clark Interview

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Dr. Chap Clark, pastor, professor, and accomplished author, was our special guest at the 2014 Developing Youth Leaders Seminar. He sat down with the CYN and we asked him some questions submitted via Twitter & Facebook, and explored a few of the ideas he taught on in the main sessions. All of the audio from…

Help! I Hate My Corps!

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Last year we tried to take a long, hard look at why young people are leaving The Salvation Army in record numbers. We heard from a former Salvo, a Salvo youth minister on the cheap answers offered young people, and a Salvo young adult on why he’s stuck around. Obviously this isn’t an issue that…

The Salvation Army, Millennials, and the Church of A New Era

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I had the opportunity recently to sit down with Major Rob Reardon, the National Young Adult Initiative Coordinator. In his position at National Headquarters, Major Reardon works to raise awareness of The Salvation Army’s mission and ministry among the Millennial Generation, and to increase engagement with young adults both inside and outside of The SA….

Babylon Calling or What the Governernment Shutdown Can Remind Us

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This morning, Americans awoke to the reality of a government shutdown–the first since 1995. While this news certainly isn’t surprising to anyone who’s been following the political turmoil in our capital over the past few days (and really it’s not even that rare of an occurrence in the modern era), it has still exasperated many…