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Addicted to Jesus? Not So Fast…

I told my senior pastor that I sometimes feel like my love for Jesus has crossed over into addiction. I mean, I’m so captured by Him and “ruined” for Him that I can’t imagine myself apart from Him. And my pastor frowned at me, leaned..
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Your Youth Group Stinks! Building Rapport with Difficult Students

There are good reasons why competent adults find themselves uncommonly baffled when working with adolescents. As winsome as they may be at times, teenagers present youth workers and volunteers with challenges that other age groups do not. First, teens are often an involuntary participant. They are..
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[ALERT] 1000′s of Homeless Teens Attend Youth Group!

This may surprise you, but homeless teenagers are flocking to your youth group on a regular basis.  And most of them live in comfort, under a roof provided for them by loving families. But make no mistake, they are homeless; at least that’s how they..
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Marketing the Bible to Teenagers

Among most church-going teenagers, the Bible has a PR problem.  Sure, they know where it is, and at which youth group programs they are expected to bring it along. But very few find it compelling enough to read on their own.  The Bible, God’s authoritative..
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The Power of Permission in Youth Ministry

The first time I learned about the validation that comes with giving someone permission to experience their reality came when I was 10-years-old. I was regularly invited to sleep over at my friend Joel’s house. I suffered horribly from being homesick when I was younger. It..
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