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The 10 Most Un-Brilliant Things We’ve Done in Youth Ministry

In honor of everyone else’s brilliance, we thought it might be fun to share our un-brilliance. We’re limiting the list to 10, but we could easily turn this into a multi-part series. Heck, we might even be able to categorize by the liturgical calendar if..
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Owning Your Distraction

What wastes your time? I’m not talking about picking the wrong lane at the grocery store or being on hold with your Internet provider (again). This also isn’t yet another chance for you to point a finger at church meetings that you think go nowhere or..
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Final Four: Lessons from the Game

March Madness is on! And I love every minute of it. Why? The game of basketball has had a huge impact on my life. As a college athlete, the game offered many valuable lessons that I’ve applied to my everyday life and ministry. Passing is..
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How to Stay in Youth Ministry, Part 1: Have a Long View

A couple weeks ago I was talking to a young youth worker in his early 20’s who said, “Kurt, I want to be a youth ministry lifer like you. How do I do that?” To which I responded, “Well, I don’t even know if I’m..
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Don’t Freak Out – Try a N.A.P.

Confession time… I once auditioned for a national commercial. The tagline of the product? “Never let them see you sweat.” These commercials were famous. The spokesperson would offer an additional summary at the end of the ad, such as “Everyone feels pressure. Winners don’t let it show.”..
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