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2017 Themes

We're excited to announce our 2017 themes for YouthWorker Journal! YouthWorker Journal publishes a monthly digital magazine, and a quarterly print magazine. We also publish fresh content weekly over at the Yout...
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We Have To Talk About Porn

I was in a freshman high school health class when she asked the question. It was my first class of the year and I was in the middle of my presentation about how to navigate messages about sex found in different...
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Following Jesus’ Sex Talk Model

My mom was the voice of correction growing up. I knew I’d done something wrong when my first, middle, and last name was shouted from another part of our house. Fear. Shame. Worry. All of these things would ...
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Helping Parents Reclaim Beauty

I have three amazing children. I never knew how scary the world could be until I became a parent. When I was single or just married, the world was my playground and I had free reign in it. But something happens...
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Connecting Students to God’s Mission

When we begin talking about mission, many people think of mission trips. That's not a bad thing. One of my most formative experiences was a youth mission trip among the poor in Prestonburg, Kentucky. Mission t...
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Safe Sanctuaries

I was a teenager when I was first immersed in the sexuality conversation. A family member and I had an honest conversation about their struggle with homosexuality. This was back in the 80’s in the Midwest, wh...
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How to Mess Up a Sex Talk

Here’s the story of a youth worker guy I know and the mistake he made that led him to getting fired. Immediately. I thought I was doing a good thing. I planned the lesson series around Christian Faith and Hum...
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Is Modest Really Hottest?

At the wise old age of 16, my best friend, Brian, and I created a list of modesty rules for the girls in our youth group. You can imagine how this went over. While on a mission trip to Mexico, we formed a b...