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Would You Give Up Your Seat?

  Recently I was in a meeting of the youth ministry minds where this question was asked: “How often does your group, your youth or your church think of missions?” The answers ranged from weekly to monthly to an honest, “never.” It was a great..
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The Plight of the Parent Volunteer

This past weekend I had an interesting opportunity to chaperone a trip for “another” youth group my kids are involved in. It is not one in which I am a leader in any capacity. In this setting I am a mom and a volunteer.  My..
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The Truth About Women In Youth Ministry

Recently I found myself in the middle of a strange debate with a well meaning guy in youth ministry. He told me  the “real” job of women in this type of ministry is to support their husbands who hold paid positions.  “What if a woman never..
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My Sister’s Faith Community is called “Mr. Jim’s”

Yep, its a bar. Not a fancy bar; just a typical East Texas place where the locals hang out. Actually, its name is now Southland due to an owner change…but the older locals still call it Mr. Jim’s. Get a picture in your mind: inside..
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The Best Ways to Lose Volunteers

  “I can run a ministry alone,” said no youth worker ever. We simply can not do everything ourselves. Yet, so many times we recruit volunteers in a way that acts like it. Having been on both sides as a volunteer and recruiter I am..
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