What is a Mandated Reporter and am I one in Arkansas?

As formation ministers we typically are brought into situations where youth may disclose some form of maltreatment or we may come into relationship with the youth and suspect that abuse or neglect is going on. What are signs of abuse? Signs of abuse include Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, and neglect. See these outlined here https://ar.mandatedreporter.org/public/pdf/en/Signs-of-Child-Abuse-Neglect.pdf If…… Continue reading What is a Mandated Reporter and am I one in Arkansas?

Theological reflection with a group of youth

As youth ministers and Christian ed leaders we make spaces available where it is easier to experience God.  God is already there, we hopefully point to God and make God more visible. Kendra Dean Creasy called this being “God Bearers” in her book The Godbearing Life: The Art of Soul Tending for Youth Ministry .   It…… Continue reading Theological reflection with a group of youth

Back to School Blessings Liturgy

A common occurrence in many congregations is a backpack blessing service.  BuildFaith.org has a great article on these services at Blessing of the Backpack’s 6 Tips for Success. At EYCArkansas, we began wondering what this would look like with an older mindset and as part of a youth group or youth Sunday school meeting.  We…… Continue reading Back to School Blessings Liturgy