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I can answer questions from teens & young adults concerning their faith walk and on social issues which affect their lives. I can answer questions on sex, homosexuality, or drugs, and anything else that might be troubling you. After 30 years in youth ministry, nothing shocks me, and I promise to give straight answers to any and all questions. I can also answer questions from youth workers on problems they`re having with programming or with their groups.

Experience in the area

I have been involved in youth and young adult ministries as a volunteer for over 35 years. I am currently a volunteer youth minister in a suburban UM church - I have a small group of 7th and 8th graders.

Organizations

United Methodist Church, Chrysalis, Walk to Emmaus, Cursillo

Education/Credentials

Several training seminars, 9 years at National Youth Workers Convention, 1 year at Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry

Awards and Honors

Certified lay speaker for UM Church

What do you like about this subject?

Youth ministry is a passion of mine. I do youth ministry for 2 primary reasons - I didn't have a youth minister like me when I was a teen, and a youth minister played a large part in my daughter's maturity (she's now 40). I want to give something back.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I continually want to learn all I can about today's teen and young adult culture to help me better minister to teens.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There are only two rules in youth ministry (IMHO): .....Love God!...... .....Love the kids!....... All else just seems to fall into place when you follow these two rules. A possible third is: Learn how to tap dance! Even the best programs sometimes do not work, tap dancing may be entertainment.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

The most often asked questions I get.. Is masturbation a sin?----(it depends, it's complicated)... How far is too far(sexually speaking)?---{keep your clothes on}.... Is oral sex a sin?----{Outside of marriage, yes.}...... Are my non-Christian friends going to hell?---If they've heard of Jesus and rejected him, yes..... Write me for detailed answers.


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Recent Answers from Carl F.

2016-09-25 Are these Christian songs?:

I'm occasionally amused easily as well.  Some of the questions I get are amusing, but yours was not amusing, but thoughtful.  I learned the lyrics to 2 new songs, too.  I used to listen to her a lot, but

2016-09-25 Are these Christian songs?:

Amy Grant started out as a Christian singer decades ago, and then she was a cross over artist, and now I think she's considered a country artist.    Baby, Baby I would not consider Christian, although

2016-09-15 Question about sins and spanking:

I'm so sorry for the loss of your parents.    15 year olds do NOT need to be spanked.  Your aunt is obviously old fashioned, and she's probably just trying to bring you up the best way possible.    As

2016-09-08 Question about sins and spanking:

If this is a serious inquiry, let me give you a quick lesson in Christianity.  You don't have to be spanked.  Jesus already died for your sins.  You don't have to do penance, unless you're Catholic, and

2016-07-30 what's the point:

Hi, cg.  Thanks for writing.    Well, the first thing you have to do is really analyze your belief that the end times are here.  That is something that has been debated for 2000 years.      I've got to

 

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