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Mission Trips – the Other Side of the Mat

You’ve likely heard the debate about mission trips. On one hand, books and blog posts have cited their potential to do more harm than good. A handful of people with significant platforms have argued that it’s better to send money and prayer-fueled encouragement than a short-term team to..
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Articles | Leadership
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Loving Difficult-to-Love Students (Even the Famous Ones)

My favorite thing about working with students is . . . well . . . working with students. I (Tasha) am a counselor, and my shtick when asked if I counsel children is, “I don’t work with kids because I’m much more comfortable working with..
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Customer Service Matters: 5 Ways to Create Hospitality in Youth Ministry!

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares is one of my all time favorite shows. In this reality show classic, famous chef and restaurant guru, Gordon Ramsay, visits failing restaurants and tries to turn them around in just one week. The show is appropriately titled. Every situation Ramsay steps..
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Articles | Leadership
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The Volunteer Cycle #2: ENLIST

Youth ministry is a team sport. There are no Lone Rangers in youth ministry. Our job is to equip the saints for works of service. Your ministry will only grow to the extent you are willing to give it away. We all get it. I..
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Articles | Serving
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The Experience Before Your Serving Experience

A serving experience is likely in your future. It’s no secret that many youth groups take part in an annual spring, summer, fall or winter mission trip. Others head out to workcamps, week-long endeavors or one-day serving investments. You can either throw students into these opportunities, or see..
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