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Irregular Summer Teaching Schedules: 3 Ways to Fill in the Gaps

You thought you had the whole summer mapped out. You throw in your last load of laundry before the Sr. high mission trip Costa Rica and it hits you: “Holy smokes, who’s teaching Sunday school this Sunday?” Then, the second wave of panic hits: “Yikes,..
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Articles | Leadership
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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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Articles | Culture
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Summer Movie Discussion Starters

We’re halfway into summer. That is, if you don’t count how some students didn’t get out of school until mid-June and others will start school again in mid-August. Since when did “summer vacation” become a half-second long? Perhaps this is why my local movie theater..
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Articles | Families
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Father, Daughter Beatbox: Lessons in Affirmation

Have you seen the viral video of the beatbox battle between a father and daughter? You can check it out here. Watch the video a few times and find yourself impressed by both of their skills. Then watch it again and focus on the dad’s..
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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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