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Josh Rhodes  // Posts published by Josh Rhodes

12 Nov Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Busy, Burnt, or Just Don’t Buy It

Busy, Burnt, or Just Don’t Buy It

Busy, Burnt, or Just Don’t Buy It

During my middle and high school years, I attended a large Christian camp one week each summer. While I have fond memories of giant earth ball games and the zipline that sent me flying over the lake, I reflect often on the ways that I was challenged during those formative summer experiences. One summer in […]

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46 Cents

46 Cents

Growing up, there was one sound that would make me and my siblings jump up from the couch and race to the front door – the sound of the mail truck. As soon as we heard it, we would wait with anticipation for the mailman to drive down the street, then make their way back […]

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16 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Volunteer Bait and Switch

The Volunteer Bait and Switch

The Volunteer Bait and Switch

Editor’s Note: This past Spring, Project Renovation took on the topic of caring for youth ministry volunteers’ spiritual needs at our equipping event entitled “Renewable Student Ministry”. If you would like to listen to the audio of that event, click here. Today, Josh Rhodes considers one particular and important application of that idea. Wikipedia defines […]

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28 May Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Journaling that Works

Journaling that Works

Journaling that Works

 In January of 2006, I began to journal on a regular basis. If you have ever tried to journal, then you know there are times when the words flow and the pages easily fill, but there are also times when your journal sits on a shelf for weeks if not months. Even though journaling can […]

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Mirthdays and the Necessity of Celebration

Mirthdays and the Necessity of Celebration

A few weeks ago I was in a staff meeting at the church where I serve. Since there were a few new faces at the table, we took thirty minutes to do a team building exercise. We partnered up with one person and asked each other a series of questions, one of which was about […]

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Cake in the Kitchen

Cake in the Kitchen

This past Saturday my wife and daughter baked a cake together. Not just any cake, a Funfetti cake, the kind with sprinkles on the inside and outside. My wife cut each of us a piece, I poured everyone a glass of cold milk, and our evening was set. That was Saturday. Sunday came and there […]

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Healthy Transitions in Ministry

Healthy Transitions in Ministry

Transition CPR Most people in vocational ministry, especially those of us in student ministry, will go through a transition at some point. Whether it’s making a role shift within a ministry or moving from one church to another, the process of transitioning is one that impacts us deeply, and not only us, it can impact […]

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23 Aug Student Ministry, Volunteers | Comments Off on Who else needs another volunteer?

Who else needs another volunteer?

Who else needs another volunteer?

Stop! Don’t just plug-in anyone. Our students are back in school and we’re ready to launch another ministry year – this can only mean one thing: we need more volunteers and we’re getting desperate. With the clock ticking, we will be tempted to invite people into our ministries who simply aren’t ready to lead or […]

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How to Love Your Mondays

How to Love Your Mondays

Several months ago, I began to start my work week with a time celebration, planning, and prayer. This weekly practice has positively impacted the way I enter into and navigate my week. Here’s what I do: Celebrate First, I celebrate. I look back at each day of the previous week and remember what God did […]

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I Can’t Wait Until After Work

I Can’t Wait Until After Work

He Wants Time With Me. A few days ago I woke up before my wife and one year old daughter. As I quietly worked through my morning routine, I hoped my daughter would wake up because I wanted to spend some time with her before leaving for the day. Luckily, she did wake up. I […]

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