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Why Your Church Needs a Preteen Ministry

You are not a horse. While this may seem like fairly common knowledge (unless this blog post has found itself on some Planet of the Horses), sometimes we need to be reminded of the simplest of things. Here’s what I mean: When a horse is..
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Get Your Team to Simply One Day Training This Fall!

Hey #YMNation! Important announcement: Rick Lawrence, author of Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry and longtime editor of GROUP Magazine, is presenting 5 one-day trainings this fall on Jesus-centered Youth Ministry.           Join with him and other youth workers to dive into what it..
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Preparing for Student Promotions

It’s that time of year. In a couple short months, churches everywhere will move elementary-aged kids up into junior high ministry and 8th graders up into the big, bad world of high school youth group. For years at Saddleback, we’ve been fairly intentional in our..
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This One Time…

Once upon a time, I thought it would be a great idea to fill a hot tub full of milk, sardines and pigs feet. Who hasn’t, right? It was one of those crazy youth ministry program nights where our leadership team thought up absurd things we thought..
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The Secret Sauce of an Extraordinary Retreat

One of my favorite things to do is speak to middle school and high school students. Over the years of being privileged to do this at weekend retreats, I’ve learned that I need to keep an open mind about what to expect. Without naming names, there..
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