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The Both/And of Youth Ministry
We Christians love to put ourselves in “camps”, and ministry leaders are no different.  Camps provide safety, a level of certainty, like-minded community, alliances, and easy answers. “Campers” are either here or there on any given topic and seldom need to consider the people, input,..
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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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Random Randomness #1: In Defense of Attractional Ministry
Seems like April is a good month to take a break from writing in series and simply pick a different topic each week for a bit. And I thought I’d start by defending what has become one of the favorite targets of youth ministry’s chattering..
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How to Stay in Youth Ministry, Part 3: Random Thoughts
As March comes to a close, so does this little series. And because I’ve got a whole bunch of thoughts rattling around in my noggin, I figured I’d wrap up our discussion about how to last in youth ministry by listing a handful of them..
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How to Stay in Youth Ministry, Part 2: Pay Attention
Let’s continue our conversation about how to last in youth ministry. We had some great discussion and comments last week; let’s see if we can keep the streak alive! A common, and seemingly noble, mistake many youth workers make is to keep their head down,..
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