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Moving from Quiet Time to Solitude

A number of years ago, our church began to take seriously the call to spiritual formation. We became aware that it is quite possible to be busy with church activity, yet not transform in any meaningful way. W...
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Can God Ever Really Forgive Me?

Over the last 25 years of teaching and training thousands of Christian teenagers across the nation, I’ve encountered countless young people who have struggled with sexual shame. For some, it is guilt as a r...
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8 Ideas for Leading the Next Generation

Any leader working with the youth of America can attest to the fact this generation is different than all others before it. Today's youth speak in a language we don't always understand, run circles around us wi...
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The Ministry of Solidarity

John was the first to arrive for the lock-in. I asked how he was, and he said he was fine. However, I could tell he wasn't OK. In the previous couple of weeks, he had received some very painful news re...
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Five Ways to Save a Girl

Chloe* was one of the pillars of youth group USA; the kind of girl who draws you in and makes you actually glad to work more hours for less pay than 99 percent of your co-workers. Chloe rarely missed Wednesda...
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7 Ways to use Evernote in Youth Ministry

At first glance Evernote is a pretty simple app. You can take notes, insert photos and even record audio but however you use this product you can find ways to be a bit more productive in your ministry.
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Dear Youth Worker

Dear Youth Worker, I wanted to take a moment to say, “You are doing a great job.” My daughter loves coming to your group and she has friends there. I love that she loves to come to church. I truly apprec...
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The Beauty of Really Living

Poet Henry David Thoreau wrote, "Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live."