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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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The Multi-site Maze, Part 4: Some Final Tips, Tricks, and Tidbits

Saddleback Church is about 7 years into our multi-site journey, and I’ve learned a ton along the way…mostly through the school of hard knocks. So I’ll wrap up this little series by sharing a few tips, tricks, and tidbits that may be worth considering on..
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12 Hours of Chaos Known as a Lock-in

Salvations, re-commitments, powerful worship, blood on the wall leading into the sanctuary, a busted eye leading to a parent picking up a student to go get stitches, and a trail of blood on the sanctuary carpet… Yes, each of those happened at my recent Back2School..
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The Multi-site Maze, Part 3: How Much Do We Align and Where?

Last week I spent an hour on the phone with a youth worker talking about multi-site youth ministry. His church is new to the multi-site model and he’s tasked with figuring out what that looks like in the youth ministries at each campus. His primary..
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The Multi-Site Maze, Part 2: Does Alignment Matter?

A few weeks ago my seventeen-year-old son returned from a day out with his buddies and told me something was wrong with his car. “It’s weird, if I let go of the steering wheel, it pulls hard to the left”.  My first response was to..
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