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Meredith Dahl  // Posts published by Meredith Dahl

Finding Space for the Sacred

Finding Space for the Sacred

I fell like I’ve learned a lot from my mom over the years. More recently I have been learning from my her personal spiritual journey. My mom is involved in a two-year training program where she needs to complete a project of what she has learned about spiritual formation. My mom, being a very creative […]

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12 Feb Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Losing Sight of God in the Details

Losing Sight of God in the Details

Losing Sight of God in the Details

Another Night at Youth Group You arrived early. You set up for the evening. You prayed with Volunteers. No major issues other than some spilled soda. You cleaned up. You prayed with Volunteers again. You drove a student home. You went home for the night. As you lay in bed, you start wondering… “Did tonight […]

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17 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on A Tradition of Love This Christmas

A Tradition of Love This Christmas

A Tradition of Love This Christmas

I love the Christmas season and the traditions that come with it. Every year, the day after Thanksgiving our family wakes up early in the morning to get our Christmas tree, come home to make skinny pancakes (a Norwegian tradition of my husbands) and decorate our home all day long. We crash in the evening […]

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15 Nov Student Ministry | Comments Off on Helping Students Embody Thankfulness

Helping Students Embody Thankfulness

Helping Students Embody Thankfulness

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, youth ministries often begin to become extremely busy with parties, special services and other holiday themed events. Many of our ministries also look at ways where we can have students “give back” to those in need and reach out to help others during the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas […]

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4 Tips for Loving “Difficult” Teens

4 Tips for Loving “Difficult” Teens

I’ve got to admit I was disappointed when I read an article the other day intended for youth workers dealing with teens that have bad attitudes. When the writer questioned, “Have you ever dealt with a teenager that has had an attitude before?” I was puzzled. Who hasn’t dealt with a challenging teen before in […]

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09 Aug Student Ministry | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Reach Your School District

5 Ways to Reach Your School District

5 Ways to Reach Your School District

Some thoughts on Serving and Blessing Your Local School Districts We all understand that the family has more time in the life of a student then we are given with students in the ministries where we serve. However we often underestimate the amount of time students are involved in their school district. Students spend at […]

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4 things not to forget this Summer

4 things not to forget this Summer

For many student ministries, summer is a time of extreme busyness. There are mission trips, graduation parties, weekend activities, camping trips, pool parties, family gatherings, volunteers to recruit and students to contact. In the busyness of all the activity, we can easily lose our entire summer, and before we know it, we will be planning […]

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11 Jun Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Crawling Out of the Canyon

Crawling Out of the Canyon

Crawling Out of the Canyon

We all know that our lives are supposed to be full of balance and rhythm. We have become accustom to telling one another to “slow down,” “pace yourself” and make sure your family and God are the priority in one’s life. The struggle or giant canyon in front of many of us is how we […]

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5 more ways to improve a volunteer meeting

5 more ways to improve a volunteer meeting

Editor’s Note: Last week, we took a look at 5 ways to improve volunteer meetings with Meredith Dahl from Cross Connection Ministries in New Holland, PA. If you haven’t already read that post, go take a look! We’re going to pick it up this week with 5 more ways to improve your volunteer meetings. 6.     […]

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5 ways to improve a volunteer meeting

5 ways to improve a volunteer meeting

As I looked around at a volunteer staff meeting three years ago, I stopped talking, completely discouraged. Less than half of our volunteers were present. Several looked painfully bored. Three had come in late and one was packing up getting ready to leave early. I couldn’t seem to keep a good attendance from the volunteers […]

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