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Equipping New Believers

“Heads bowed, eyes closed… but THEN what??” I clearly remember the adrenaline infusion the first time I got to help someone invite Jesus to start leading their life. His name was Aaron, and he was a high school freshman who I knew pretty well. He..
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Helping Teenagers Identify Their Village

Hillary was right. It takes a village. Kara Powell and the research she has helped lead at the Fuller Youth Institute has confirmed in recent years that one of the primary factors in limiting the risk of faith abandonment (or as I like to call..
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Effective Ways to Minister to High-Risk Teens

In my experience, teens are more likely to engage in high-risk behavior and latch onto deviant peer relationships when they have little to zero adult support at home, way too much time to manage on their own, and experience a lack of affirmation to guide..
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Is Jesus Who You Think He Is?

Is Jesus Who You Think He Is? I began my journey discovering the real Jesus in 2004. I had been a full-time youth worker for 5 years, leading, teaching, and discipling students, when I found my view of Jesus being challenged. In college, Jesus was homework. In..
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The Great Commission or The Great Suggestion?

Here’s a disclaimer: I’m in the process of thinking through what this looks like for my youth ministry. I don’t have all the answers, but I do believe the Holy Spirit has been pressing on my heart to start the conversation, which I’ve done with..
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