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Church Kids: helping teens fall in love with a familiar God.

I was born on the front pew of a church during a Sunday night worship service. Before I could say momma, I said Jesus. Enough exaggerating. I wasn’t born on a pew, but I was born a preacher’s daughter. Going to church was more important..
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Articles | Leadership
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The Volunteer Cycle #1: It Never Ends!

It seems that other than figuring out how One Direction is still so popular, few things weigh as heavily on the mind of the youth worker than volunteer leaders. The specifics vary from ministry to ministry, but the themes seem to be the same: “How..
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Articles | Serving
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When You’re Not The Rockstar Anymore

I’d like to tell you two stories. The first story involves how bands shift players around. It’s just the way it works. It’s rare to find the original group together like they when everything started. Audio Adrenaline, a Christian rock band that rose to fame in..
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Articles | Programming
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Shifting Our Mindset: From Obligation to Opportunity

Seattle Seahawks’ running back Marshawn Lynch has become my all time favorite interview to watch. Many of you will watch this entertaining athlete this weekend as you host youth group Super Bowl, sorry, youth group “BIG GAME” (thanks, NFL) parties all over the country. Most..
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Articles | Leadership
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Time Machine #4: Embracing High Maintenance Parents

High-maintenance parents. Early in my youth ministry career, I would have rather juggled chainsaws while blindfolded than deal with the parents in my ministry who were impossible to please.  You know the type: – “Summer camp is too expensive.” – “My daughter didn’t get in..
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