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Articles | Leadership
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Don’t Freak Out – Try a N.A.P.

Confession time… I once auditioned for a national commercial. The tagline of the product? “Never let them see you sweat.” These commercials were famous. The spokesperson would offer an additional summary at the end of the ad, such as “Everyone feels pressure. Winners don’t let it show.”..
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Articles | Culture
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The Sexualization of Our Culture, Part 3

This blog is the third of a four-part series on the sexualization of our culture. We’d recommend skimming part one (where we challenge the youth ministry nation to rethink our approach to teaching sexuality to our students) and part two (where we ask you to..
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Leadership
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Baby Steps: A Youth Ministry Step from Dr. Leo Marvin

Good Morning America: “Uh Bob, uh, tell us your impressions of Baby Steps.” Bob: “Mash potatoes and gravy, Marie. I couldn’t be happier about Baby Steps. I was a terrible disaster and now, because of Baby Steps, I’m on TV in front of millions of people. I’m..
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Leadership | Volunteers
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The Volunteer Cycle #5: ENCOURAGE

In case you missed 1-4 of The Volunteer Cycle, check them out here: It Never Ends!, Enlist, Equip, Empower. Over the course of my youth ministry career I have had lots and lots of people serve on our youth ministry team only to transition off..
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Articles | Serving
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Volunteer Appreciation on a Budget

I should probably clarify that I don’t normally go dumpster diving. It was simply a matter of timing – I drove by a local Steak-n-Shake that was closing and saw employees tossing out cases of unused sundae glasses. I scored three dozen, just like that. Now..
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