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What a new dad wants you to know about youth ministry

What a new dad wants you to know about youth ministry

“Life with a newborn is like running a youth group all-nighter that never ends. Hey Parents, come pick up your kid! …oh wait.” A little under two weeks ago, I crossed the youth ministry Rubicon and became a parent. I now have a pre-teenager, and while he still may be thirteen years away from Adolescence, […]

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Is Ministry a Friend or Foe?

Is Ministry a Friend or Foe?

Learning to run hasn’t killed me yet. It was a bad idea. I was 59 and decided to start running. I’ve played sports all my life but never enjoyed simply running. I began by following a “Couch to 5K” training program and hated every step of it. It was hard work and I was worried […]

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Start the New Ministry Year off Right…

Start the New Ministry Year off Right…

Start Right by Looking Back Intentionality is such an important piece of the Christian life. Without it, you can easily find yourself adrift. Coming out of the busyness of the Christmas Ministry season, the beginning of the New Year can feel like we’re just trying to catch our breath. In the effort to “catch up”, […]

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from all of us at the Project! May this New Year be marked by abundant joy in the transforming work of Jesus in our church, our students, and our own lives. And if you should find yourself on New Year’s Eve hosting a youth group lock-in, may New Year’s Day be filled […]

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The Door of Humility

The Door of Humility

The Wall and the Door It was a beautiful morning in late May as we worked our way through the streets of Jerusalem. For most of our students there was not a care to be had. For myself and my co-leader, we understood the gravity of what we were about to experience. All of sudden […]

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There’s a Baby on the Way!

There’s a Baby on the Way!

Hidden Where did the time go?!? I’m going to be an uncle in just a few weeks. Actually, the doctors tell me it will be in two weeks and one day. My family and I are very excited for my sister-in-law and her husband. This is their first baby, a boy! (Editor’s Note: That’s my […]

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Setting a Christmas Alert

Setting a Christmas Alert

I’m Busy I love my google calendar. I am by no means a super tech-savvy guy, but I have figured a few things out and skipped having to recreate the wheel (reading the directions) by asking some of my nerdy friends for helpful hints. My google calendar is a great ministry tool that works well […]

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Next Steps towards Lasting Faith

Next Steps towards Lasting Faith

Two weeks ago today, we had another wonderful equipping event here at Project Renovation. One Life’s Derek Melleby led us in an important discussion about instilling lasting faith into the teens we work with every day. We loved the discussion of the day and were excited to be with other youth workers from across PA. […]

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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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Lasting Faith Equipping Event Announcement

Lasting Faith Equipping Event Announcement

Today’s the day! We’re excited to be hosting youth workers from all across the the South Central Pennsylvania today for an important conversation about “Lasting Faith” led by author and teacher Derek Melleby. If you weren’t able to join us at today’s event, please be sure to check back later this week for a free […]

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