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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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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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