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    Interacting with Students Outside of “Church”

    Interacting With Students Outside of “Church” Several years ago our church built an amazing youth ministry facility; the type of place that should be a magnet to teenagers. And to be honest, we nailed it. The place is sweet. A skate park, gymnasium, ping-pong, pool..
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    Traditions: Keep or Toss?

    Ten years ago my wife and I made the biggest transition in the history of our lives together. We moved from Michigan to California. My first thought when we started discussing it was, “You don’t move away from family.” And my reasoning was, “It’s just..
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    Articles | Conference | Leadership
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    Three Things I Found at Simply Youth Ministry Conference

    Originally posted at The Cost, The Joy By my third year in youth ministry, everything seemed flat. My church was not Willow Creek, and I found myself and our ministry in two totally different places. What I needed was some “in the trenches” help. And that’s..
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    Discussion Starter: Rape Sentence Causes Outrage

    In the News Palo Alto, Ca.—Reaction was swift after a Stanford University athlete received a six-month prison sentence for a brutal sexual assault. Meanwhile, emotional letters shared by the victim and the perpetrator’s father sparked wildly different reactions. Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, 20, was..
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    Articles | Discipleship
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    Peer-to-peer Mentoring: What is it?

    It’s Wednesday morning at 11:15 a.m. The freshman class pours into the gym with some juniors and seniors thrown into the mix. Coach hands me the mic, and I ask the students, all 100+ of them, to circle at half court. As they settle, I ask the..
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