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Surviving Vacation

It’s summer—the time of year when most of us ministry workaholics finally take a vacation. And while vacations are supposed to be times of relaxation, rest, and rejuvenation, they can often become just the opposite. Especially if you have kids! During our nine years of..
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Summer = Serving Everyone But…

For most youth workers, the start of summer ushers in a different pace of life for our families and ministries. Some of us experience a huge increase in activities and events, even as our own children get out of school and expect to have time..
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Family Tradition

As youth workers, we typically cringe at the thought of tradition. We think it’s part of some residual trauma leftover from trying to do relevant youth ministry while church members chant angrily, “We’ve never done it that way before.” Too often the need to protect..
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An Overlooked Amp for Camp

They’re not coming. A key family I hoped would sign up for camp told me they won’t be participating. It’s our fault, really. Our youth ministry team has been busy keeping our calendar full over the past season. We’ve had a “Big Event” each month,..
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5 Paradigm Shifts for Parents

Last month, my wife and I attended some seminars by my friend Christopher Yuan. Along with his parents, Christopher shared his struggles with homosexuality, drug addiction, HIV, and Christianity. If you have never heard him speak before, do so. One of the seminars was done..
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