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What Really Matters to You Theologically?

So… what really, really matters? I was once in a search process that put me in the position to have a role in a particular church. The job wasn’t yet offered to me, but I was told I was in the final group of candidates. This..
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Articles | Culture
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The Sexualization of Our Culture, Part 4 (The End!)

For the past few weeks, we’ve talked about several key themes related to building a healthy understanding of sexuality from a Kingdom-of-God-perspective. (Click for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.) This week we’ll wrap things up with what we believe are the two biggest..
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Articles | Culture | Families
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The Importance of Mom and Dad

Parents Have Unparalleled Influence on Their Kids An article from David R. Smith at TheSource4YM.com Today’s teens have a long list of influencers standing in line to leave their mark on young lives: media, culture, friends, church, etc. But the greatest influencers on kids are..
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Articles | Discipleship | Outreach
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Who Does Jesus Believe In?

In 1983, I was 7 years old. My second grade teacher at Mira Mesa Christian School asked a question that made my little heart race. “Would any of you like to invite Jesus into your life today?” My mind quickly went to the amazing stories..
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Articles | Leadership
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How to Stay in Youth Ministry, Part 1: Have a Long View

A couple weeks ago I was talking to a young youth worker in his early 20’s who said, “Kurt, I want to be a youth ministry lifer like you. How do I do that?” To which I responded, “Well, I don’t even know if I’m..
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