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A No-Spoilers Star Wars Discussion Starter

“Have you seen The Force Awakens yet?” You’re probably used to hearing this question by now. Whether your students are die-hard Star Wars fanatics or stumbled into the hype about events from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, teenagers are talking..
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Articles | Middle School | Simply Insider | Small Groups
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When Your Son Starts Junior High…

In our house, we’re working with the change that’s taking place as our oldest son, Aeden, is entering into junior high this fall. As parents, who’ve worked in youth ministry for 21 years, we feel completely inept and unprepared for this new season of life...
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Articles | Small Groups
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Discussing Suicide in Youth Group

With suicide getting more attention in the news lately, it has been revealed that there is a lack of resources to effectively discuss the subject with our students.  It is important to have these discussions but it is equally important to have good discussions.  The following are guidelines..
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Articles | Small Groups
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How To Be A Small Group Guru Part 4: Guru Goulash

To wrap up our series on becoming a small group guru, I’d like to prepare a little guru goulash; a delish mish mash of thoughts. * Don’t forget the parents! Leading a small group of 5-10 teenagers also gives you an incredible opportunity to minister..
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How To Be A Small Group Guru, Part 3: Guru Skills

Week three of this series may be a good time to come clean. I’m not a very good small group leader…a small group guru I ain’t! But I’ve observed some of the best (because I’m so bad I always partner with somebody really good!). I’ve..
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