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The unspeakable pain, hope, failures, and victories of youth ministry

He stared right through me. I said his name over and over, but he just didn’t’ have the strength to look me in the eye or respond. If he stopped staring at the wall or dared to break the silence, then time would begin to..
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Leadership | Volunteers
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Stopping Toxic Volunteers in Their Tracks

Youth ministries are supposed to be communities where teens discover and embrace the love of Jesus, discover his purpose for their lives, and experience being part of the family of God. When toxic volunteers, parents, or congregation members enter this equation, we move away from..
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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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Leadership | Volunteers
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The Volunteer Cycle #5: ENCOURAGE

In case you missed 1-4 of The Volunteer Cycle, check them out here: It Never Ends!, Enlist, Equip, Empower. Over the course of my youth ministry career I have had lots and lots of people serve on our youth ministry team only to transition off..
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Dear Part-time Youth Worker

Lately my heart has been pulled to one position in the church. This person is often full of heart for ministry; a position that is necessary but so often left out; overworked and underpaid. If you feel like I’m talking about you, most likely you’re..
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