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Liking Teenagers is Loving Them

Every Christian in your church loves teenagers. They have to, they’re Christians, and Christians love each other.  In fact, you’ve probably heard them declare their love:   “Oh, those crazy kids in the youth group…we love ‘em in the Lord!” Possible Translation: We don’t have..
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Families | Leadership | Missions | Volunteers
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The Question You Should Be Asking Everyone

How can I serve you today? You know you can use a little help with something. Maybe it’s a phone call someone wants you to return or some copies you’ll have to make before your next lesson. Some of those things require you, but I’m..
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Culture | Families | Leadership | Volunteers
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New Ministry Paradigm: Do Less Stuff!

Less is More. We live in a culture that sends tons of “the more, the better” messages. And while that may be true with things like sweet tea and puppies, it’s not always true in some of the aspects of youth ministry. In fact, having..
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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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Evangelism, Service—Or Both?

Evangelism and service: Make sure you don’t confuse the two. A service project doesn’t necessarily require evangelism, and evangelism doesn’t necessarily require a service project. Two years ago I realized that I get this wrong more than I get it right. I was walking around..
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