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The Multi-Site Maze, Part 2: Does Alignment Matter?

A few weeks ago my seventeen-year-old son returned from a day out with his buddies and told me something was wrong with his car. “It’s weird, if I let go of the steering wheel, it pulls hard to the left”.  My first response was to..
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Articles | Serving
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Serving a Generation Unlike Yours

Missionaries recognize something a lot of youth workers overlook: Get to know the culture you’re trying to serve. I remember feeling on top of this as a rookie youth worker when I subscribed to Rolling Stone Magazine. Between catching up on what they said was..
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Articles | Leadership
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Youth Ministry and the Exploding Brain

Over the whole arc of our life, scientists tell us there are two times when we experience rapid, explosive brain growth—one happens when we’re toddlers and the other happens during junior high. Toddlers and teenagers share this characteristic—both are missing the “mental traffic cop” that..
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Articles | Outreach
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Juvenile Justice Ministry: Juvenile’s Returning Home After Incarceration

A juvenile offender’s home environment is often not helpful for encouraging adherence to pro-social behaviors. Ministry partners would benefit greatly by seeking to understand the family dynamics of the individual you are trying to impact.  Negative family dynamics take many forms.  The juvenile offender may..
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Articles | Families
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Questions Before the Holidays (Even Though It’s September!)

Some of you may have read the title of this piece and said to yourself, “Holidays?! It’s only September! We have plenty of time before we start having to deal with the holidays!” On the one hand, yes, you’re right! Thanksgiving is a few months..
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