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My Mantra.

I’ve noticed lately that I have a mantra. I may try to come up with different ways of saying it, making attempts to make it sound different but in the end it is the same message. Be present. We have a family in our ministry..
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Embracing Stability

One thing that I think youth workers are really good at is embracing change. We are trained to watch trends in culture, and we’re always attempting to adapt. Look at how quickly we embraced social media, and began using it to better our communication with..
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Youth Ministry and the Exploding Brain

Over the whole arc of our life, scientists tell us there are two times when we experience rapid, explosive brain growth—one happens when we’re toddlers and the other happens during junior high. Toddlers and teenagers share this characteristic—both are missing the “mental traffic cop” that..
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The Secrets Society

I have secrets. You do, too… And Robin Williams, the great comic actor who committed suicide just months after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, had his secrets. Laughing on the outside, dying on the inside. His daughter Zelda, scrambling to understand her father’s “permanent solution..
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When a Student Falls in Love with the Youth Worker

Because of the difficulties students have in early and mid-adolescence to manage strong feelings of intimacy, the new experience of having someone who listens and whom they can trust sometimes lead them to believe that they are in love with their youth worker. Sadly, many..
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