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Aaron Brown  // Posts published by Aaron Brown

01 Nov Student Ministry, Technology | Comments Off on 3 Ways to Improve Your Teaching Slides

3 Ways to Improve Your Teaching Slides

3 Ways to Improve Your Teaching Slides

I don’t know if anyone in the history of the world ever got involved in Youth Ministry so they could work with PowerPoint. I doubt anyone’s ever said, “I feel called to Keynote.” Nevertheless, it’s a significant part of the job for most full-time youth workers. After all, we live in a digital culture and […]

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Get your audience involved through texting

Get your audience involved through texting

How’d they do that? Ever go to a youth conference or event where they invite people to text in their thoughts or comments to a number? Ever think about doing the same thing with your youth group? Every find yourself saying, “I wish we knew how to do that!” or “I wish we could afford […]

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5 Signs It’s Time to Kill the Sacred Cow

5 Signs It’s Time to Kill the Sacred Cow

As summer comes to an end, youth pastors everywhere start thinking about the year ahead – recruiting more leaders, paging through small group curriculum, and staring at a blank Google calendar as you map out the big events of the upcoming year. Chances are there might be a few sacred cows on that calendar – […]

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12 Jul Student Ministry | Comments Off on “Miss Representing” Beauty?

“Miss Representing” Beauty?

“Miss Representing” Beauty?

Spend any time these days building relationships with teens today and you’ll pretty quickly pick up on a familiar question that they’re all asking. It might be worded differently, it might be asked indirectly, but not very deep underneath the surface, every teen is searching to find the same thing: “Who am I?”, “Where do […]

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25 Jun Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on A Trellis to Live By

A Trellis to Live By

A Trellis to Live By

This summer I’m doing a bit of an experiment in my backyard garden. Instead of using cages to support my tomato plants, I’m taking the advice of a tomato farmer I talked to last year and have decided to use stakes and twine to support the plants. Picture a row of tomato plants between two […]

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10 May Student Ministry, Technology | Comments Off on Shaped by the Screen

Shaped by the Screen

Shaped by the Screen

This past January I gave my students a quick poll to get a sense of how much “screen time” they got on an average day. I asked them to total up all of the time they spent  in front of some kind of screen (cell phone, laptop, tablet, desktop, television, projector, ATM, etc.) on an […]

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6 Image Sites Better Than Google

6 Image Sites Better Than Google

When it comes to finding images for our youth ministry media, we all know Google Image Search. We all love Google Image Search (GIS), but when you learn to live by it, you’ll likely die by it, too. The problem with GIS is that everyone uses it. You do a search for “prayer” and find […]

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29 Mar Leadership, Student Ministry | Comments Off on The Invisible Gorilla in the Room

The Invisible Gorilla in the Room

The Invisible Gorilla in the Room

Maybe you remember this story from your days back  in Intro to Psych… Inattentional Blindness In 1999, a behavioral scientist named Dan Simmons set up an experiment at the University of Illinois in which participants were asked to watch a short film. In the film, six people half dressed in white t-shirts and the other […]

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19 Mar Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Remembering Patrick

Remembering Patrick

Remembering Patrick

A Slave Turned Missionary In 401 AD, a young man named Patricius was captured and taken as a slave to Ireland. It also happened to be the same year that another young man named Augustine published his book Confessions. Patricius would spend the next six years in extreme poverty, hunger, and isolation as a slave-shepherd […]

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Don’t Call it a Mission Statement

Don’t Call it a Mission Statement

The Dangerous “What if?” What might happen if you named those things that you really long to do? Those things that you’d give anything to spend the rest of your life doing? Those things that you’d pour yourself into if money was no object? What if you asked the big “What if?” Yep, I just […]

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