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A Welcoming Environment: Do You Have One?
16 July 2013
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..
The Power of Permission in Youth Ministry
27 March 2014
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..
A Troubleshooting Guide for Challenging Students
13 June 2014
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”..
Where’s Your Bible?
18 July 2013
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...
02 January 2013
Happy New Year! Here it is…the 2nd day of January 2013. You made it! The beginning of a new year is always a great time to evaluate your personal life and your ministry. It’s a time to celebrate the things from the past year that..