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Josh Rhodes  // Posts published by Josh Rhodes

26 May Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Formational Service

Formational Service

Formational Service

Editor’s Note: In the month of May, we’re focusing on the idea of cultivating spiritual formation in the lives of our students – inviting them to meet God by introducing them to spiritual disciplines. In week one, we talked about the very helpful practice of “unplugging.” Week two focused on the role leaders have in […]

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28 Apr Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Revisiting Sabbath

Revisiting Sabbath

Revisiting Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God … For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. […]

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Caring After They Start

Caring After They Start

Last week on the blog, we looked at how we can care for our volunteers before they start serving. Did you miss it? If you did, go ahead and read it here first, because those ideas lay an important foundation for how we can care for our people after they start serving in our ministries. […]

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Caring before They Start

Caring before They Start

A few years ago, my good friend Bill challenged me with an idea that I’m sure will stick with me for a long time. He said, “Your job as a pastor is to steward well the gifts and stories of the people.” Bill unpacked what me meant by explaining the most important assets of any […]

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25 Nov Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Four Ingredients for College-Age Ministry

Four Ingredients for College-Age Ministry

Four Ingredients for College-Age Ministry

For my first three years in full-time ministry, I served 5th-12th grade students. During that time, I experienced firsthand that just a few essential ingredients are needed for a healthy, thriving student ministry. After those three years, God led my wife and I to another church where we had the incredible privilege of launching a […]

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01 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Short List, pt. 3

The Short List, pt. 3

The Short List, pt. 3

Welcome to Part 3 of The Short List. If you’ve been with us since part 1, thanks for coming along. If you’re just now joining the conversation, thanks for joining us! We’re talking about our short list – the 5 to 10 relationships that mean the most to us and we want to get right. […]

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The Short List, pt. 2

The Short List, pt. 2

In case you missed Part 1 of The Short List, we’re talking about how we all have a short list of people that we care deeply for. For most of us, it is a list of 5-10 people who mean the world to us and we really want to do these relationships well. Who is […]

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The Short List, pt. 1

The Short List, pt. 1

I had the privilege of attending a high school graduation a few days ago. Amidst the pomp, circumstance, tassels, and pictures, my mind was flooded with fond memories of my graduation in 2001. As I listened to the speeches and remembered what I said in mine, I was struck with the one thread woven throughout […]

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08 Apr Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Personal Proverbs

Personal Proverbs

Personal Proverbs

A proverb is “a brief popular saying that gives advice about how people should live or that expresses a belief that is generally thought to be true” (source). I first discovered the power of simple proverbs when I was getting my feet wet in youth ministry. To help our small group leaders remember and live […]

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17 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on 3 Things to do this December

3 Things to do this December

3 Things to do this December

Our church calendars always seem to follow a rhythm, don’t they? There’s a big push in August to get things up and rolling, a big event midyear to keep momentum churning, and a hectic April as we try to wrap up the school year, end growth groups well, and find interns for the summer. While […]

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