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The Secret Sauce of Youth Ministry

Andy Stanley recently came under fire by suggesting that the secret sauce of youth ministry is in parents getting their kids to attend a large church. At least, that’s the sound byte that’s rapidly spreading around the Internet. (Stanley did apologize and reframed his comments through..
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Student-driven Weekend Service

Our high school ministry is in the middle of what has become the highlight of their youth group calendar every year. We call it “You Own The Weekend (YOTW)”, a six-week “series” in which the students from six different local high schools run the entire..
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Weeding Out Youth Worker Marijuana

Imagine that one of your volunteers smells a little funny sometimes. He tries hiding it under other scents he’s sprayed on or is chewing, but the odor remains and even makes you a bit spacey being around him. Do you weed him out, or take the “don’t..
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Stop Believing These Lies About Leadership

Stop Believing These Lies About Leadership There seems to be this notions that if a leader needs help, they shouldn’t be leading. I think that’s just dumb thinking. I believe that type of thinking is a huge contributor to pastors (and especially youth pastors) being overtaken by..
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Your Anti-Plan for the New Year

Confession: I don’t enjoy structure for the sake of structure. Thankfully, others came along and shared how the structure that helps some people grow spiritually doesn’t always work for others. One person explained, “Don’t let anyone impose their habits on you. The main goal is to nurture your..
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