tGP: An interview with Brad Griffin of Fuller Youth Institute

I had a spectacular time talking with Brad Griffin, Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, about his new book, Growing Young (2016), a research driven book looking into the fabric of exemplary churches that have figured out their ‘secret sauce’ to not only forming lasting faith in their children and youth, but have flourishing active young adult participation.

In this interview Brad talks about these qualities that this research uncovered that seems to help congregations “grow young” as well as offer some wisdom for you about creating a ‘sticky faith’ culture in your own church.

If you have yet to discover the Fuller Youth Institute, check them out and sign up for their insightful newsletter which provides the latest in youth culture, development, and faith.

Brad M. Griffin is the Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger (fulleryouthinstitute.org), and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of the forthcoming Growing Young (fall 2016), several Sticky Faith ​books (see stickyfaith.org), Right Click: Parenting Your Teenager in a Digital Media World, and the series Can I Ask That?: 8 Hard Questions about God and Faith. Brad and his family live in Southern California. Twitter: @bgriffinfyi

 

 

 

Meet the Worship Team

Episode 18

“Meet the Orlando ’17 Youth Worship Team Leaders!”

Listen now as Rachel interviews the youth worship team leaders for Orlando ’17:  Jon Heinly, Seth Crissman, and Jeremy Ours*.  In this podcast, become acquainted with the personalities who will be leading on (and off) stage, and discover the flow for the week of worship.

*Rachel apologizes for misspelling Jeremy’s last name in the video. Gulp!*

tGP Podcast: An interview with Marty Troyer

In this tGP podcast, Rachel interviews Marty Troyer, affectionately known as the “Peace Pastor” where he serves at Houston Mennonite Church, Texas.  Marty recently wrote The Gospel Next Door: Following Jesus Right Where You Are and talks with The Gathering Place about how to enliven youth’s spiritual imagination to live out the gospel in your own communities. Maybe you don’t have to go to another country to do ‘missions.’ Maybe it is a lot closer than you think.

tGP Podcast: An interview with Mark DeVries

In this interview, Rachel talks with Mark DeVries, president/founder of Ministry Architects, about how to recruit, train, and lead a healthy volunteer team. Mark spells out his 100% guarantee on how to form a volunteer team without guilting, shaming, or pulling your hair out!

Mark DeVries is the founder of MINISTRY ARCHITECTS (2002), a consulting team that moves churches “beyond stuck” and strategically forward. Having worked with over 650 churches, Ministry Architects has helped build sustainable ministries for youth, children, families and young adults, as well as providing strategic coaching for entire churches and their senior leadership.

Mark served as the Associate Pastor for Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee for 28 years. Though Mark resigned his position as youth pastor in 2014, he now serves at First Presbyterian as a volunteer associate pastor.

Mark is a graduate of Baylor University and Princeton Theological Seminary and the author of several books, including Family-Based Youth Ministry, Sustainable Youth Ministry, and The Most Important Year of a Man’s/Woman’s Life and the Indispensable Youth Pastor, which he co-authored with Jeff Dunn-Rankin.

Mark and his wife, Susan, live in Nashville and have three grown children (Adam, Debbie, and Leigh) and three grandchildren.

tGP Podcast–An Interview with Nancy Kauffmann

nancyThis month on tGP podcast, Rachel talks with Nancy Kauffmann who presently serves as Denominational Minister of Mennonite Church USA and is a part of the Panel for Sexual Abuse Prevention.

Nancy and her team have been tirelessly working on the newly updated Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure for the denomination’s credentialed (and non-credentialed) leaders.  In this interview, Rachel talks with Nancy about how ministering people can keep healthy boundaries and ways to safeguard everyone in your youth group.

Before Nancy was in her current role, she served 9 years as a Conference Regional Minister for Indiana Michigan Mennonite Conference, and before that she spent 19 years on the Pastoral Team at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, IN (part of that time was Associate Pastor for Youth and Young adults).

Nancy has a grown son who lives in Manhattan, NY and a son who lives in Portland, OR with his spouse and daughter.

She is a graduate from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary with a Master of Divinity and School of Theology at Claremont, CA with a Doctorate of Ministry.

**Apologies for the technical issues with Rachel’s sound. It does get better as the podcast continues.**

tGP interview with Barbra Graber

In this podcast interview, Rachel Gerber interviews Barbra Graber, a sexual abuse survivor, editor of Our Stories Untold (a website for sexual abuse survivors within the Mennonite Church to share their stories), and founding member of SNAPmenno, the Mennonite chapter of the international Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. In this podcast, Barbra talks about safe practices, self-care, advocacy, and sexual abuse prevention.

 

tGP: An Interview with Nancy Kauffmann

This month on tGP podcast, Rachel talks with Nancy Kauffmann who presently serves as Denominational Minister of Mennonite Church USA and is a part of the Panel for Sexual Abuse Prevention.

Nancy and her team have been tirelessly working on the newly updated Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure for the denomination’s credentialed (and non-credentialed) leaders. In this interview, Rachel talks with Nancy about how ministering people can keep healthy boundaries and ways to safeguard everyone in your youth group.

Here is the article that Nancy mentioned she wrote (19:13): http://mennoniteusa.org/menno-snapshots/places-where-our-children-find-safety/

Find the newly revised Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure here.

*Apologies for the distortion in sound quality*

tGP Podcast: Interview with Femi Hollinger-Jantzen, MLS

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As tGP continues with its interview series this year, Rachel talks with Femi Hollinger-Jantzen, of the New England Revolution (MLS), about his journey with soccer, balancing life, and wisdom for parents and youth who struggle with finding balance.

Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Bethany Mennonite High School graduate (Goshen College) and Indiana University and attended Waterford Mennonite Church now plays soccer for the New England Revolution Major League Soccer. Femi was born in Cotonou, Benin and was adopted by Mennonite Mission Network workers, Rod and Lynda Hollinger-Jantzen.

New England’s third-round selection (51st overall) in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, Hollinger-Janzen officially joins the club after four years at Indiana University. The six-foot forward was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011, helped the Hoosiers to an NCAA National Championship as a freshman in 2012, and finished his decorated collegiate career with multiple First-Team All-Big Ten selections and a College Cup All-Tournament Team nod. As a senior in 2015, Hollinger-Janzen paced Indiana with eight goals and 21 points. He logged 45 minutes in one preseason appearance for the Revolution in the 2016 Desert Diamond Cup. Read more about Femi’s amazing story below:

 

https://themennonite.org/feature/femi-hollinger-janzen-deformed-leg-national-championship%C2%AD/

http://www.thebentmusket.com/2016-mls-draft/2016/1/20/10794958/watch-inspiring-story-revolution-femi-hollinger-janzen-2016-MLS-SuperDraft-Indiana-Hoosiers