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5 Ways to Get Out of a Youth Ministry Rut

Youth ministry may be more of a calling than a job, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get somewhat monotonous. When you keep doing your thing, year after year, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. You throw a k...
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Be Prepared…but Be Flexible

Just before Christmas, I was leading my sixth grade guys' small group in a conversation about the incarnation. My hope was to remind them this season was about more than presents and a break from school. Pretty...
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Preparing to Encounter God Through Advent

Advent is the season of waiting, the season of preparation, the season of nearly but not yet. We prepare the manger, but the Baby isn't here yet. The season of Advent, traditionally the four weeks prior to Chr...
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The Problem with Hipster Christianity

Before my seniors leave for college, we spend a good deal of time talking about various campus ministries. Our hope is to encourage students to get involved in them (or in a church on their college campus). As...
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25 Christmas Activity Ideas

Christmas is the time of the year that we celebrate the Newborn King through hot cocoa, ugly sweaters, service projects, and crazy games. Here are 25 ideas that I’ve tested myself that you can use this Christ...
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Living Into Thankfulness

Ok, so I know that Thanksgiving is behind us. Still, there's plenty of things to be thankful for. This year, I'm thankful for... 1. The glimpses God gives you into the lives you've impacted. I love watching so...
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When Volunteers Don’t Follow Through

Adult volunteers are vital to successful youth ministry. What happens when volunteers let you down? Here are some suggestions for addressing this important challenge. Let them know how valuable they are. Do...
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Managing Exits

If you spend even a short amount of time in youth ministry, you quickly discover one recurring theme is that people are leaving you all the time. If you're a middle school minister, you say goodbye to your eig...
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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...