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    Anatomy of a Breakdown

    The only question that really matters in life is this… Is God good? A week ago, on my way home from work, the clutch in my 1995 Volvo failed in the middle of rush-hour traffic on a busy highway. Then my phone died while I..
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    Articles | Small Groups
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    The Value of Belonging

    Last Spring, during the SYM Conference, I filmed a teaching video for teams on the Simply Youth Ministry TOOLS site. The video was on creating a safe place within small groups and Sunday school. I wanted to share some of these thoughts with you. In..
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    Articles | Outreach
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    Love Hurts!

    My brain never stops. My mind is constantly racing with thoughts about creating something new, improving something old, or eating something sugary. I can’t help myself. I should probably consider meds. The toughest part of managing a distracted brain is resisting the temptation to shift..
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    FREEBIE: GAME FROM ABSURD HOLIDAY GAMES VOL. 2

    Fun is one of the most powerful tools in youth ministry. That’s what Absurd Holiday Game Pack Volume 2 — the newest Absurd Holiday Game book by Kenny and Elle Campbell — is all about. For instance, September is National Baby Safety Month. Who knew?..
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    Leadership | Volunteers
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    Student Ministry #fail: Warm Bodies

    Maybe you’ve heard the expression that all some volunteers need to be is a warm body? Aka, someone who is actually alive. There was a time in my ministry where I would have taken someone with a moderately lukewarm body. I’ve never been really awesome..
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