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Soul Food #1: Doing What’s Right Often Saves Your Own Neck In The Process  

This month, instead of filling your ministry toolbox, I’ll try to feed your soul just a little bit. One of my favorite moments in history is when Esther is suddenly faced with possibility that her moment in history has arrived. You know the story well...
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Articles | Serving
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Pastor Appreciation Fail?

It’s now November. The youth worker’s version of the Valentine’s Day season is over. No, you didn’t get the box of chocolates. No, you didn’t get taken out to a nice dinner. No, you didn’t get flowers and a card. Yes, you were passed over..
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Articles | Leadership
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Don’t give up.

About once a month, I have moments of doubt. I find that I doubt what I am doing and whether any of it makes a difference. The last time I felt that, it came after 7 days of hard stuff, like really hard stuff, happening..
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Articles | Leadership
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Scary Stuff! Part 4: Lawsuits, Lawyers and Legal Stuff

While in college, on of my professors said to a room full of future youth pastors something that still echoes in my mind. “Make every decision as if you need to defend it in a court of law, because you just might.” Hyperbole? A little..
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Articles | Serving
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Considering Camp Lifetree

You can only learn so much from a catalog. I’ve discovered this (sometimes the hard way) when sifting through the various serving and leadership experiences available for students, be it for our youth group or for my own kids. It’s why I take advantage of..
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