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Terry Dittmer
Rev. Terry Dittmer As the Director of LCMS Youth Ministry, Terry Dittmer seeks to advocate for young people and to empower young people to be God’s people in the world and to empower people to “confess” their faith in celebratory and expressive ways.  Terry and his wife, Cherie, have five adult children.

For All the Saints 4/1/2005
  In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer examines the current teen "trend" toward more traditional forms of worship.
But When It Comes to Time, What is Important? 1/1/2005
  In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer encourages youth workers to evaluate how they are spending their time, and to commit to spending more time with eternal things.
Recruiting the Best from Among the Least Likely 6/1/2004
  When recruiting volunteers, it helps to avoid assumptions and stereotypes. In this short article, Rev. Terry Dittmer offers some suggestions for moving past basic suppositions to get the best people involved in your youth program.
A Passion For Media 3/1/2004
  In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer takes a personal look at Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ.
Real Outreach: Words to Define Outreach 5/1/2004
  In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer offers a new lexicon for thinking about the tasks and joys of working in youth ministry programming.
One Family Matter that Really Matters 1/1/2004
  The time you spend with your children is second in importance only to the lessons you teach them of Christ's love and forgiveness. This article by Rev. Terry Dittmer, originally published in December 2003, offers encouragement to all Christians seeking to give their loved ones that "perfect gift" during the holiday season.
Why Junior High? 6/1/2004
  It's the big youth programming question: Shoud you divide up the Jr. High and Sr. High students into seperate groups? In this short article, Rev. Terry Dittmer offers some advice on this issue.
In Control 2/1/2004
  After suffering a heart attack, Rev. Terry Dittmer made some major life changes to get his life back on track. In this short article, he offers suggestions on how you can make changes toward a more disciplined life as well.
Oh I'm Sure They'll Come Back 8/1/2004
  Many people hold to the assumption that, eventually, all the young people that left the church will come back--perhaps when they're married, perhaps later. But far too many are staying away. In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer encourages us to go beyond our assumptions to reach out to those who have gone astray.
To Compete on God's Terms 8/1/2004
  God challenges all of us to run in His race and to keep our eyes on His eternal prize. In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer offers focus on what it means to run in God's race.
A Whole Lot of Youth Ministry Going On 10/1/2004
  In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer discusses how all our actions should be directed by Christ and toward the honor of God. That's what makes youth ministry fun, challenging, and ministry.
The Power of a Hug 4/1/2006
  In this short article, Rev. Terry Dittmer encourages youth workers to extend the kindness of a hug to youth in their programs.
Real Outreach: Peanut Butter and Jelly Missionaries 12/1/2004
  "Grocery store evangelism" isn't something that takes a lot of training, or effort. In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer encourages youth workers to live their faith in the most basic of ways and in the most accessible of places.
Culture-What Culture 10/1/2004
  It is often said that Christians should be in the world but not of the world, but does being in the world really mean watching the latest teen gross-out flick or reading all the gossip magazines? In this article, Rev. Terry Dittmer encourages youth workers to spend more time concentrating on "anything excellent or praiseworthy" instead.
Book Reviews: Worship Resource Series 3/30/2007
  In this review, Rev. Terry Dittmer considers three youth worker "must haves" for designing worship services that resonate with youth.
Book Review: Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches 4/26/2007
  Rev. Terry Dittmer sheds some light on the theology of new trends in young adult ministry by reviewing the book "Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches: Five Perspectives" compiled by Robert Webber.
Young Adults and the Church: Book Reviews of Blue Like Jazz and Velvet Elvis 5/29/2007
  Rev. Terry Dittmer ponders the emergent Church and the influence of culture and today's young adult on our theology as reflected in two compelling books, Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller and Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell.
Book Review: Eutychus Youth 11/7/2011
  a book review of Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry, by John Oberdeck
Book Review: Alomst Christian 12/7/2011
  a book review of Almost Christian by Kenda Creasy Dean
A Litany for Young People 5/13/2011
  A prayer litany for young people. Use it to celebrate Youth Ministry in your congregation.
Book Review: They Like Jesus But Not the Church 10/31/2007
  a book review of They Like Jesus But Not the Church by Dan Kimball
Real Outreach: As Easy As 1, 2, 3, ... 11/24/2009
  Here are some simple ways that you can say who you are as a believer and what you believe.
Missing Easter 12/18/2009
  Easter is the Good News that Christ is alive. Don't miss it!
Jesus Centered Youth Ministry 6/24/2011
  Youth Ministry is centered in Jesus Christ...given in baptism...nurtured through the proclamation and study of God's Word...strengthened through participation in the Lord's Supper.
Worship: In Celebration of Family 10/10/2012
  Gather families together for a special worship service celebrating the gifts God gives us through family!
Do You Believe? A Litany for Youth 5/7/2010
  A litany to use on Youth Sunday
From Where I Sit: The Challenges and Joys of Youth Ministry 11/12/2010
  Terry Dittmer, director of LCMS Youth Ministry, discusses the challenges and joys of Youth Ministry.
Amazing Love Praise and Worship Youth Service 5/30/2013
  In this youth lead service, our worship focuses on the theme of the 2013 National Youth Gathering, LiveLove(d).

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