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Give Away Your Leadership

We lead people. That is what we do. More often than not, the term pastor in our leadership role in youth ministry is interchangeable with words such as leader or director. In fact, that might be the title t...
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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...
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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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Seek What God Wants

The programmatic model is focused on activity, particularly those that will attract youth. The missional approach is focused on ministry, continually asking, “What is our mission, and how do we follow it?”
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3 Reasons Why My Parent’s Bible Bored Me

The Bible often lays dusty in our hands and in the hands of our kids (and parents), but it shouldn’t. My prayer is that it will come alive – come alive in our hands and in the next generation we serve.
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Two Ways to Make Better Decisions

Hindsight is always full of wisdom. Looking back, we all have decisions we regret, choices that didn't work out so well. And let’s face it: in youth ministry, we are bombarded with choices, constantly have ...
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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 Story I Wish I Could Change

I can’t change my story, but I can leverage it for the good of the Kingdom. My life has been tragedy free for the most part. But one season of life makes me quiver inside just reflecting back upon it. Let me...