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Caring Well for Your Co-Workers

Caring Well for Your Co-Workers

Editor’s Note: For the month of March, we’re focusing our attention on the theme of caring well for the souls of those with whom you work, those men and women that we minster shoulder-to-shoulder with every day. In the task-oriented and often times urgency-driven environments of our ministry’s “behind the scenes”, it’s important to thinking […]

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The Withdraws of Jesus

The Withdraws of Jesus

Reflections for a Season of Lent For those who choose to observe Lent for the forty days leading up to Resurrection Sunday, they choose to pattern their days after the habit of Jesus when He withdrew into the wilderness after His baptism, led by the Spirit to dwell in the wilderness for forty days. While […]

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Preparing for Lent

Preparing for Lent

I am not a fan of airports, and not for the reason many of you might think. I actually don’t mind a layover. I don’t even mind a delay. I have come to the place of taking these things in stride. So why don’t I like airports? Because they reveal to me where I am […]

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Learning and Living on Retreat

Learning and Living on Retreat

Snow is flying and the temperatures are freezing… there’s no doubt, it’s retreat season again. For nearly 15 years now, I’ve had the privilege of partnering with various youth leaders as they prepare for another student ministry winter retreat. I imagine if you’re anything like them, you’re either finding yourself busy gearing up for the […]

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Slowing Down to Do More

Slowing Down to Do More

Editor’s Note: We’re excited to announce that our dear friend and Director of Project Renovation, Rick Rhoads is taking an extended sabbatical time this semester. As he wraps up his doctoral studies, he’s been freed up from his regular responsibilities to enjoy a well-deserved rest and opportunity to brainstorm. While we’ll all miss his presence […]

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Learning When to Hold Back

Learning When to Hold Back

A few weeks ago, my family and I were spending a quiet night together in the living room. We played around with a few new games that my daughter received for Christmas, and then decided to browse through some of the classic Nintendo games available for download on her Wii. Games that were strange and […]

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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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