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A Welcoming Environment: Do You Have One?

When we look to talk about the most effective way to impact students’ lives, the conversation usually goes toward discipleship. Well, that makes sense—we all want to go for depth, not width. Discipleship is an easy principle to grab onto: looking at how you can..
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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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A Troubleshooting Guide for Challenging Students

We’ve all had those oppositional students from time to time. Maybe they suffered from R.A.D. (reactive attachment disorder) or some extreme form of A.D.H. D. or just simply suffered from a serious conduct disorder.  Regardless, we can find ourselves in a “battle of the wills”..
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Discipleship | Small Groups
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Where’s Your Bible?

I recently crossed paths with a student who had moved away and was attending a new student ministry. I asked him how he liked his new youth pastor and he gave me an interesting answer. “I like him a lot but he’s not like you...
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A Fat Kid, A Broken Home, and Beautiful Things

Life is not easy when you are the fat kid in Middle School. But in 1984, that is exactly who I was. I was a short, pudgy roly-poly with a bowl cut and glasses. Needless to say I was a very easy target for bullies...
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