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The Rocket Launcher In Youth Ministry

If discipleship is the endgame for youth ministry, how do we help teenagers break free from the gravitational pull of a conventional life and “achieve orbit” in a life defined by a passion for Jesus? Well, I know from three decades of youth ministry experience, and from in-depth research projects I created to explore what really matters in teenagers’ spiritual growth, that nothing in our ministry toolbox has more “rocket power” than a mission trip.…

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Youth Group Activities: Serving and Thanksgiving

Youth Group Activities: Serving and Thanksgiving These youth group activities provide ideas for service during the Thanksgiving season, and a fun way for your group to gather the food for a Thanksgiving meal. In Matthew 10:8 Jesus said, “Freely you have received; freely give.” Our lives may not always be everything we hope them to be, but the vast majority of Americans are richly blessed.…

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The Mess of Mission Trips

In case you haven’t realized it yet, mission trips are messy. Despite all our planning, screening, and noble intentions, every trip involves some really flawed people (including us) who tend to swing from one bit of drama to the next. Even when we’re being leader-like, such as ensuring that people serve for the “right reasons,” we’re pushing values that recipients may struggle with.…

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