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The Volunteer Cycle #1: It Never Ends!

It seems that other than figuring out how One Direction is still so popular, few things weigh as heavily on the mind of the youth worker than volunteer leaders. The specifics vary from ministry to ministry, but the themes seem to be the same: “How..
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Time Machine #4: Embracing High Maintenance Parents

High-maintenance parents. Early in my youth ministry career, I would have rather juggled chainsaws while blindfolded than deal with the parents in my ministry who were impossible to please.  You know the type: – “Summer camp is too expensive.” – “My daughter didn’t get in..
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Haters Gonna Hate: what to do when a student doesn’t love you.

Have you ever worked with a student who just couldn’t stand you? I have. You know the deal – the rolling eyes, snarky comments, being completely ignored, blatant efforts to be disruptive, and the heaps of sarcasm. Having a hater is totally awesome. Ok, not..
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Time Machine #3: Embracing The Squiggle

I’m thankful for my “home” church in Whittier, California. In addition to giving a 21-year old his first shot at full-time ministry, it’s where I gave my life to Jesus in high school and where I met my wife, Rachel. But it’s also where I..
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5 Ways to Ruin Our Youth Worker Rep!

Youth Workers, it’s time to ruin our youth worker reputation. For far too long we’ve had the reputation of being awesome with teens but lacking in organizational skills and of being great teachers but weak with communications. We have been praised for our ability to..
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