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6 Truths to Remember During Hard Times

The great theologian The Dread Pirate Roberts said, "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something." We've all gone through difficult times, and unexpected difficulties still await ...
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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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Using Scripture with Integrity

“Do you ever worry about looking at so many different passages in Scripture without any context?” asked one of my adult leaders after our youth ministry finished its discussion. Her question was valid, esp...
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Should you Brand your Youth Ministry?

Branding youth ministries is not a new idea. Gone are the days of using a piece of clipart and a strange acronyms, like the phone tree and the disposable camera.  Youth ministry has evolved, and branding is ...
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17 Resolutions for 2017

Each year I resolve to do one thing that will improve my life. Whether you love resolutions or think they are dumb, here is a list of 17 things that could improve your quality of life in ’17. Read one ...
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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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Using Social Media to Build Community

The parachurch ministry, Young Life, has a saying in regards to contact work. They say that in order to reach teens you need to “go where kids are”.  This may be hard for us to comprehend because many of u...
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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...