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How to Stay in Youth Ministry, Part 3: Random Thoughts

As March comes to a close, so does this little series. And because I’ve got a whole bunch of thoughts rattling around in my noggin, I figured I’d wrap up our discussion about how to last in youth ministry by listing a handful of them..
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The Secret Sauce of an Extraordinary Retreat

One of my favorite things to do is speak to middle school and high school students. Over the years of being privileged to do this at weekend retreats, I’ve learned that I need to keep an open mind about what to expect. Without naming names, there..
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Teens, Anxiety, and Youth Ministry (Part 1)

Long gone are the carefree days of youth. The modern teen is stressed out. With sports travel teams, AP classes, gifted programs, standardized testing, band/dance/cheer/sports camps, and college application essays, today’s teenager feels the pressure to perform. And this doesn’t take into account the anxiety..
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At the Edge of the Cliff: Reaching Beyond the Walls

Jesus announced to his hometown that he was their long-awaited messiah. The people were excited and proud. That was until Jesus announced he was also messiah to the Gentiles. The Jews, having no desire to associate with Gentiles, were outraged. They took Jesus to the..
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How to Stay in Youth Ministry, Part 2: Pay Attention

Let’s continue our conversation about how to last in youth ministry. We had some great discussion and comments last week; let’s see if we can keep the streak alive! A common, and seemingly noble, mistake many youth workers make is to keep their head down,..
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