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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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Get your audience involved through texting

Get your audience involved through texting

How’d they do that? Ever go to a youth conference or event where they invite people to text in their thoughts or comments to a number? Ever think about doing the same thing with your youth group? Every find yourself saying, “I wish we knew how to do that!” or “I wish we could afford […]

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27 Sep Student Ministry | Comments Off on What it takes to stay on target

What it takes to stay on target

What it takes to stay on target

Hit the Bull’s-eye Recently, my 13 year old grandson came over to shoot my crossbow. (Editor’s note: no animals were hurt in this story!) Dominic wants to be the best shot he can be. So, he comes over to shoot at the target in my backyard. He is very intentional and strategic in how he […]

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24 Sep Student Ministry | Comments Off on Three Questions about Three Conversations

Three Questions about Three Conversations

Our THREE CONVERSATIONS event has concluded. We’re incredibly grateful to continue hearing how God used it in the lives of youth and senior pastors. What a blessing to gather together and have such an important conversation. If you’d like to listen to a live recording of the event, please click here to go to the […]

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6 Tips for Navigating Change with a Board

6 Tips for Navigating Change with a Board

When “Board Relations” feels like an Oxymoron… I’ve attended 374 board meetings in my lifetime – all with the same ministry. That’s a lot of board meetings. Some may even say that’s a lot of wasted time. And, that doesn’t even include countless committee meetings and other boards that I’ve sat on. The board meetings […]

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06 Sep Student Ministry | Comments Off on Fresh Eyes

Fresh Eyes

Fresh Eyes

Everyone needs fresh eyes. I’ve heard it said that “Those who can’t do, teach.  Those who can’t teach, consult.” *Bah Dum Tss* Here’s one more: Consultants might get a bad reputation from time to time, but in reality, they can provide helpful insight and new ideas to our situation(of course, most of them have done […]

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Set the right course this year!

Set the right course this year!

How did we get here? In my early twenties I got introduced to caving or for those of you reading in Central Pa, “spelunking”. After the first trip, I was hooked.  Not long after catching the fever a friend and I traveled to State College, PA to take on a partially mapped cave known as […]

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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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Prayer as Crowd Control

Prayer as Crowd Control

Have You Ever Been Guilty of This? I was at a youth meeting at a local church and leaned over to a good friend and whispered, “Prayer as crowd control.” He happened to be a veteran youth worker, and a huge grin formed over his face as he nodded repeatedly. Have you ever done this? […]

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5 Signs It’s Time to Kill the Sacred Cow

5 Signs It’s Time to Kill the Sacred Cow

As summer comes to an end, youth pastors everywhere start thinking about the year ahead – recruiting more leaders, paging through small group curriculum, and staring at a blank Google calendar as you map out the big events of the upcoming year. Chances are there might be a few sacred cows on that calendar – […]

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