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I’m done sharing the Gospel

I’m done sharing the Gospel

I’m done sharing the Gospel I sometimes get asked to speak at different places for different reasons. Usually it is a church or retreat, or some other venue in the Christian world that needs a teacher/speaker/preacher/orator/evangelist/prophet. I usually can’t do it simply because of time constraints. But sometimes I can’t do it because I feel […]

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15 Mar Student Ministry | Comments Off on Life is like…

Life is like…

Life is like…

What’s your life metaphor? Shakespeare once wrote, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” It’s a fairly poignant way of looking at the world, and one that seems perfectly natural coming from a playwright. He saw the world through the lens of his passion and work… the theater.  I’ve […]

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Don’t Call it a Mission Statement

Don’t Call it a Mission Statement

The Dangerous “What if?” What might happen if you named those things that you really long to do? Those things that you’d give anything to spend the rest of your life doing? Those things that you’d pour yourself into if money was no object? What if you asked the big “What if?” Yep, I just […]

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Cultivating Ministry Vision

Cultivating Ministry Vision

No one loves the farm more than the farmer Growing up I spent countless afternoons with my cousins exploring the fields, back roads and forested areas surrounding my grandparents’ house.  A neighboring farm belonged to a family connected to our home church.  The farmer, Mr. Martin was an old-school, die hard, all American farmer.  We […]

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16 Feb Discipleship, Student Ministry | Comments Off on Advice from a Young Adult Pastor

Advice from a Young Adult Pastor

Advice from a Young Adult Pastor

Editor’s Note: We’re excited to have as a guest writer this week, Rob Tucker, Pastor of Youth & Young Adults at Living Word Community Church in York, PA. Rob is a former youth pastor who now oversees ministries spanning infancy to young adulthood. We asked him to share a bit of advice to youth workers […]

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09 Feb Retreat, Student Ministry | Comments Off on 5 ways to rethink your youth retreat

5 ways to rethink your youth retreat

5 ways to rethink your youth retreat

Time to Retreat For many student ministries this is prime weekend retreat season.  Retreats are traditionally one of the biggest events in the student ministry calendar, and a lot of work goes into making them successful – training leaders, creating schedules, planning activities, making announcements, finding transportation, designing a theme, confirming the retreat site and […]

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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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What’s the Big Idea?

What’s the Big Idea?

I remember the first time I went hunting. I went once with my in-laws and they gave me a shotgun. I didn’t have any experience with firearms, but hey, this was Georgia so who cares. During my time in the tree stand, I saw three deer pass off to my right. There were several small […]

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6 tips for a better Short-Term Missions Trip

6 tips for a better Short-Term Missions Trip

Are you planning a short-term missions trip this summer with your youth ministry? If so, this is the time of year where you start gearing up, make phone calls, recruit leaders, or at least filter through the hundreds of flyers and postcards you’re getting from missions organizations right now. It can all get a little […]

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