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Articles | General Ministry
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Create a Welcoming Environment at Youth Group

We have to do better than this. We can do better than this! These two sentences formed in my mind and pulled at my heart as I watched students come in the door confused and ready to turn around and walk right back out the..
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Articles | Programming
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Three Themes to Rotate Your Lessons Around

Youth Ministry 101: Let’s Talk About What We Should Talk About Pretend a junior higher comes to youth group every week without fail. In two years she will sit through about 100 lessons.  A committed high schooler will get about 200.  So the teenager who..
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Articles | Small Groups
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A No-Spoilers Star Wars Discussion Starter

“Have you seen The Force Awakens yet?” You’re probably used to hearing this question by now. Whether your students are die-hard Star Wars fanatics or stumbled into the hype about events from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, teenagers are talking..
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Articles | General Ministry
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When You Want to Quit Youth Ministry

One of the most frustrating conversations I have with friends is the “You should quit ministry” conversation. Sure, there are days when I want to quit, more than I care to admit. You know those days. They are filled with church politics, angry parents, mess-ups,..
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Articles | Families
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A Letter to the Pastor’s Kids

Dear PK’s, I was you once. Well, I guess I still am, a ‘Preacher’s Kid’ even though my Dad went home to the Lord a few years back. I wanted to say “thank you.” Thank you for all the time you sacrificed with your mom..
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