Leadership | Outreach | Programming | Small Groups | Volunteers
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Student Leadership: Don’t Do This; Do This

This week we’re focusing on student leaders. If you are creating a student leadership program in your group, here’s a quick punch list with some basic ideas of what to avoid and what to include instead. DON’T only ask the shiny students to join. Too..
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Missions | Outreach
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Do Short-Term Mission Trips Do More Damage Than Good?

Over the last decade there’s been A LOT of smack-talk about short-term mission trips (STMT’s)—in the youth ministry community, it’s intellectually fashionable to question their purpose, long-term impact, and even their moral foundation. The problem with short-term mission trips or service projects, according to critics,..
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Outreach | Serving
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[Homelessness] My God Shall Supply All My Needs

It helps to remember that Jesus was a homeless man. The late Rich Mullins described Jesus well when he sang, “And the world can’t stand what it can’t own, and it can’t own You ’cause You did not have a home.” I saw this play..
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Culture | Discipleship | Leadership | Middle School | Outreach | Programming | Small Groups | Speaking | Volunteers
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A Welcoming Environment: Do You Have One?

When we look to talk about the most effective way to impact students’ lives, the conversation usually goes toward discipleship. Well, that makes sense—we all want to go for depth, not width. Discipleship is an easy principle to grab onto: looking at how you can..
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Outreach
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DISABLED YOUTH AND YOUTH MINISTRY GATHERINGS (PT. 1)

This is the first in a series of posts on youth ministry and youth with disabilities. While accommodations may be needed to integrate people with disabilities into your youth ministry group settings, it is important to first emphasize what all group members have in common.  Youth workers..
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