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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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Lessons Learned Half-Way Through the Summer

I am half way through the summer and I am already exhausted. While others slow down and catch their breath I think we move faster at our house. In our ministry we run day-camps for junior high age students and I coordinate mission groups of..
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Articles | Programming
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Worst Camp Ever?

The camp had bugs in the beds. Was it the worst camp ever? I’m not sure. Perhaps your story has mine beat. Still, there were insects of all shapes and sizes crawling on the mattresses our students and leaders were to sleep on. It was..
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