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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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    Flipping Missions

    I can’t believe how many opportunities I’ve wasted taking students on mission trips. I know I’m not the only one. Mission trips are an amazing idea…but what we tend to do with them (or not do with them) is the real issue. How many of us..
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    The 10 Most Un-Brilliant Things We’ve Done in Youth Ministry

    In honor of everyone else’s brilliance, we thought it might be fun to share our un-brilliance. We’re limiting the list to 10, but we could easily turn this into a multi-part series. Heck, we might even be able to categorize by the liturgical calendar if..
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    The Journey to Inclusion

    The journey to inclusion is the road less traveled. It’s a road I didn’t even see until I had my own wrestling match with God. I’d been traveling a safe youth ministry road. This safe road led me to teens who were like me, where..
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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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