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And You Thought Snapchat Was Bad…

Snapchat was created to make sexting easier for everyone, even though its creators insisted (despite wide evidence to the contrary) that the popular “disappearing text” app is merely a convenient new way to connect with your friends. Well, Snapchat helped fuel an astronomical rise in..
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Serving
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[Summer Service] Put Lots of Hooks in the Water

Summer is a looong way off. In fact, some of you are still thawing out from the Polar Vortex as you read this little article and may be tempted to postpone thinking about summer until the thermometer reads at least 40 degrees! And although summer..
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Discipleship
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Your Youth Group Stinks! Building Rapport with Difficult Students

There are good reasons why competent adults find themselves uncommonly baffled when working with adolescents. As winsome as they may be at times, teenagers present youth workers and volunteers with challenges that other age groups do not. First, teens are often an involuntary participant. They are..
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Leadership | Missions | Serving
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Missions is a Joke

A few weeks ago, some Honduran pastors asked me for advice on how to do church. That’s the punch line. Now allow me to set up the joke. My 13-year-old son and I were blessed beyond measure to serve for a week in Honduras with..
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Articles | Culture
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Each Student is a Culture

The age of one-size-fits-all youth ministry is over.  It has to be.  We live in a dynamic time filled with diversity.  This is an exciting time to be in ministry to youth.  Our world is smaller than ever before.  Cultures are not only clashing but blending..
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