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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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Articles | Leadership
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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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Articles | Leadership
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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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Leadership
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Baby Steps: A Youth Ministry Step from Dr. Leo Marvin

Good Morning America: “Uh Bob, uh, tell us your impressions of Baby Steps.” Bob: “Mash potatoes and gravy, Marie. I couldn’t be happier about Baby Steps. I was a terrible disaster and now, because of Baby Steps, I’m on TV in front of millions of people. I’m..
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Leadership | Volunteers
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The Volunteer Cycle #5: ENCOURAGE

In case you missed 1-4 of The Volunteer Cycle, check them out here: It Never Ends!, Enlist, Equip, Empower. Over the course of my youth ministry career I have had lots and lots of people serve on our youth ministry team only to transition off..
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