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Articles | Serving
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Falling in Love with Your Church Again

It’s hard to serve those who cause you heartache. (Pause with me a moment as we each consider who that is for us.) I’m going to guess we have one thing in common with our answers. It’s the reason why youth workers and pastors who..
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Improvisation as an Act of Worship

Last night we introduced our 15-year-old daughter Lucy to Best In Show, the third of four films created by an improvisational acting company led by Christopher Guest. The first of the four, This Is Spinal Tap, is a wildly popular mock-documentary about an “iconic” hard-rock..
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Leadership | Volunteers
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Student Ministry #fail: Begging for Volunteers

You know you’ve done this before. The mission trip is in one week and your adult to student ratio is dangerously high. So, you do what any youth minister who forgot to hustle months before does: you make the general announcement. Now general announcements aren’t..
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3 Ways to Prepare for Camp!

In a few days we’ll load up a few buses and cross the border into Canada for our High School Houseboat camp. I love camp; it is one of my favorite weeks of the year. I love that we spend almost as much time with..
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Articles | Leadership
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Ministerial Intelligence Part Four: The People

Today, we wrap up our little series on what I like to call Ministerial Intelligence. To recap: Ministerial Intelligence involves three key ministry arenas: 1)     THE PLACE: The ability to understand and navigate the nuances of your particular organization. 2)     THE PRACTICES: Proficiency at the various..
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