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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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02 Aug Leadership, Student Ministry | Comments Off on 4 Tips for Vacationing Well

4 Tips for Vacationing Well

4 Tips for Vacationing Well

“I Only Have You for Two Days!” Naomi and I were so excited to go on vacation.  It had been a normal first year of youth ministry.  Crazy!!!!  At the time we didn’t know any better.  We were young, full of life and excited about how God was working in the lives of the teens […]

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26 Jul Leadership, Student Ministry | Comments Off on I Screwed Up – Part 2

I Screwed Up – Part 2

I Screwed Up – Part 2

Today, Jerry Higley wraps up a two-part post on learning from our “Screw Ups”. To read part one, click here. – Editor I’ve been in full-time youth ministry for 34 years and this past year was the busiest season I’ve experienced. Our ministry was undertaking a major project and as time progressed more and more […]

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I Screwed Up – Part 1

I Screwed Up – Part 1

A significant storm blew down a large oak tree. It happens. Unfortunately, this tree landed on the roof of the garage at our ministry’s retreat center. It caused significant damage, over $4,000 worth of damage. It was a pain in the neck to cut up the tree and then have the garage repaired. Fortunately, insurance […]

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Some Things I’ve Learned

Some Things I’ve Learned

Having spent thirteen years in full-time ministry, Jason Mitchell has learned a few lessons – some through success, some through struggle. This week he shares a few of the big lessons learned from the journey. – Editor   “Wisdom is the summit; get wisdom, and with all your possessions purchase understanding.” – Proverbs 4:7   […]

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12 Jul Student Ministry | Comments Off on “Miss Representing” Beauty?

“Miss Representing” Beauty?

“Miss Representing” Beauty?

Spend any time these days building relationships with teens today and you’ll pretty quickly pick up on a familiar question that they’re all asking. It might be worded differently, it might be asked indirectly, but not very deep underneath the surface, every teen is searching to find the same thing: “Who am I?”, “Where do […]

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05 Jul Student Ministry | Comments Off on Expressing and Experiencing the Gospel

Expressing and Experiencing the Gospel

Expressing and Experiencing the Gospel

As “professional” communicators of the Gospel many of us have spent years intensely studying and learning how to invite others to follow Jesus.    We’ve read books, rehearsed presentations, perhaps even taught others how to share it. The Gospel is our passion, in many ways; it’s our craft, ministry, even our job.  For many of us […]

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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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Recruiting Volunteers with a Taco

Recruiting Volunteers with a Taco

Volunteers are the engine of all our ministries. There are obvious practical reasons for this since there is just no way we are getting everything done without having others around us share the work. It also has biblical roots since Ephesians 4 tells us that we have been appointed as leaders to equip the church […]

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Valuing Life Ceremonies

Valuing Life Ceremonies

Maybe your attendance for them is more significant than theirs. I can remember a mentor once saying to me, “Don’t ever forget the life ceremonies of the people you serve”.  A few hours ago I was reminded of the importance of this simple principle shared with me so many years ago.  Earlier today I had […]

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