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[Bible] Swimming in the Deep End

Recently a friend emailed me and asked what I do to prepare for speaking. There are a million ways to deliver a message (and not all are effective), but not much has been written about how to prep for a talk/series. So I thought I’d..
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Culture | Discipleship | Leadership | Middle School | Outreach | Programming | Small Groups | Speaking | Volunteers
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A Welcoming Environment: Do You Have One?

When we look to talk about the most effective way to impact students’ lives, the conversation usually goes toward discipleship. Well, that makes sense—we all want to go for depth, not width. Discipleship is an easy principle to grab onto: looking at how you can..
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Discipleship | Leadership | Small Groups | Speaking
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Lazy Days: A Youth Worker’s Summer?

I’m writing this article from a suburban Cincinnati Starbucks. As I write, the summer is just kicking off. Church ministry mixed with some outside ministry responsibilities has shaped this summer into the busiest I’ve ever experienced. And to be honest, I’m not loving it! Simply..
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Discipleship | Leadership | Small Groups | Speaking | Volunteers
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Those Numbers Represent Individuals

Over the years of being a paid professional within the church—as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and church planter—the number one question that I would always dread getting would be the infamous: “How many people are you running?” This week when Kurt & Josh began..
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Leadership | Programming | Speaking
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Buy, Borrow, Beg (and steal) Ideas

Where do you get all of your creative ideas for your youth group? Easy! Buy, borrow, beg, or steal. Here’s what we mean. BUY 
If you’re looking for creative ideas for your next sermon series, find one of the many resource providers online that have..
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