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Why Ditching Youth Group is a Good Idea

To steal a line from the GEICO commercials, “When you are a youth worker, you go to youth group…it’s what you do.” Volunteer, part-time, or full-time youth worker? No matter the role you play in your youth ministry, strategically…purposely…ditching youth group from time to time..
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Articles | Leadership | Middle School
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5 Reasons to Attend Middle School Ministry Campference This October!

I remember the phone call vividly; partly because most conversations with Mark Oestreicher are memorable. But this one was more stimulating than most. Marko was sharing his latest dream, an idea that seemed to be epic. “I wanna create a conference specifically for middle school..
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Articles | Leadership
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Digging out the Duggars (and Ourselves)

How about we stop doing what we keep doing? No, really. I’m exhausted by it. I’m sure you are, too. As news of Josh Duggar rolls out and everyone banters on it, we’re again challenged with whether or not we need to offer our own little “press statement” about their..
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The Importance of Re-recruiting Volunteers!

Summer is on the home stretch with the finish line in sight, so now is a good time to begin thinking about your volunteers as you head into a fresh fall season. I think many youth workers make a fairly basic mistake this time each..
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Leadership | Volunteers
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Stopping Toxic Volunteers in Their Tracks

Youth ministries are supposed to be communities where teens discover and embrace the love of Jesus, discover his purpose for their lives, and experience being part of the family of God. When toxic volunteers, parents, or congregation members enter this equation, we move away from..
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