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Faith Abandonment (Part 1)

The various authors writing these (hopefully) helpful articles every day are entering a new season. Instead of an assigned topic for the week, we are each free to write about whatever we want.  My articles appear every Wednesday. So I thought instead of everything I..
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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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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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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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The Truth About Joy: A Close Encounter with Roma Downey

So, celebrity interviews aren’t a regular staple on my Outlook calendar, but a few weeks ago I interviewed Roma Downey and Mark Burnett in the backseat of their limo when they were on their way to… somewhere in Los Angeles. I wasn’t exactly in the..
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