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Team Building Basics, Part One: Finding The Right People

“There are no Lone Rangers in Youth Ministry”, the old saying goes. And while most of us know that successful ministry to teenagers can’t be a solo gig, many still struggle with the whole process of building a healthy youth ministry team. Many youth workers..
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Student Ministry and Divorce: It’s an issue

“Everyone is ministering to students of divorced families. No one is doing it well.” Doug Fields When I first heard that statement it struck a chord in me. At first I thought, “Wow that was pretty bold.” The very next moment though I began to..
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Leadership | Volunteers
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Student Ministry #fail: Begging for Volunteers

You know you’ve done this before. The mission trip is in one week and your adult to student ratio is dangerously high. So, you do what any youth minister who forgot to hustle months before does: you make the general announcement. Now general announcements aren’t..
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Articles | Leadership
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Ministerial Intelligence Part Four: The People

Today, we wrap up our little series on what I like to call Ministerial Intelligence. To recap: Ministerial Intelligence involves three key ministry arenas: 1)     THE PLACE: The ability to understand and navigate the nuances of your particular organization. 2)     THE PRACTICES: Proficiency at the various..
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Student Ministry #fail: Trying to be the Pastor

“I love it when you preach!” “I wish our pastor had as much passion as you do.” “When are you going to be a senior pastor?” “You’ve got such great ideas! Our church could use them!” Maybe you’ve been on the receiving end on some..
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