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The Future Depends On It!

If you’ve been in youth ministry (or church) for even a short length of time, you’ve probably heard someone say something like, “Our youth are the future of the church,” and/or “Our youth are the church today.” The truth is that both are accurate. Yes,..
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Culture | Discipleship | Leadership | Middle School | Outreach
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10 Ways to Not Get Fired

You rock. Seriously, you do. Each week you pour your heart and soul into your ministry, spending time with teenagers, training your leaders, and supporting families in your congregation. The longer you serve in youth ministry, the more those investments will pay off. And that’s..
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Families | Leadership | Middle School | Programming | Small Groups
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Stuff EVERY Youth Minister Wants to Hear!

Youth ministers around the globe are BEGGING you to ask them these questions/bring up these topics. Don’t waste any time! Go find a youth pastor, quick! 6. Where are all the youth? Probably baseball practice. And dance. And doing homework. Or working. Or sleeping in...
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Culture | Discipleship | Leadership | Middle School
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How Middle School Students Taught Me to Invest in Purell, Lifesavers, and Febreeze!

There is never a dull moment with middle dchool students. Our middle school ministry is structured so students get to know older students or adult leaders and walk with them through life. Because of that, it is not out of the ordinary to find myself..
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Families | Leadership | Middle School
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How Becoming A Parent Made Me A Bad Youth Pastor (And a Better One Also)

In my early years of youth ministry, I had been married a few years but was still without kids.  My wife worked full-time and so did I. The hours were flexible but plentiful. I could easily pour myself into every invitation extended to me from..
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