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The Secrets Society

I have secrets. You do, too… And Robin Williams, the great comic actor who committed suicide just months after a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, had his secrets. Laughing on the outside, dying on the inside. His daughter Zelda, scrambling to understand her father’s “permanent solution..
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Articles | Discipleship
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Grief and Mourning in Youth Ministry (part 2)

Stages of Grief To get us started, let’s just get rid of the word “stages” of grief. The very word “stages” implies order and progression. I would like to move away from that concept and use the word “dimensions” of grief instead.  The idea of..
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Articles | Discipleship
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How Brene Brown Made Me a Better Youth Worker

I love reading books. I believe in constantly challenging myself to grow and learn as a youth worker. I’ve recently read two books by one author that have made such a huge impact on me as a follower of Christ, a parent, a spouse and..
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Articles | Discipleship
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Grief and Mourning in Youth Ministry (part 1)

I am all too familiar with grief.  It has been a constant companion in the work I do, working with the addicted, mentally ill, homeless, and youth.  I have a background in emergency medical care first working as a paramedic and then later in an..
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Articles | Small Groups
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How to be a Small Group Guru, Part 2: It’s All About Leadership

John Maxwell has said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership”.  And while I’m not sure that everything rises and falls on leadership, I think it is true when it comes to youth ministry small groups. The adults you entrust to lead your small groups will..
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