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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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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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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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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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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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How to Love Your Mondays

How to Love Your Mondays

Several months ago, I began to start my work week with a time celebration, planning, and prayer. This weekly practice has positively impacted the way I enter into and navigate my week. Here’s what I do: Celebrate First, I celebrate. I look back at each day of the previous week and remember what God did […]

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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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23 Apr Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on That’ll Leave a Mark

That’ll Leave a Mark

That’ll Leave a Mark

Not quite Normal My two grandsons are in middle school and clearly they’re not normal. Oh, they’re normal junior highers, just not normal, thinking people. Recently, these boys discovered they have an excuse for acting stupid. Researchers are providing evidence that the adolescent brain is not fully developed. For those of us in youth ministry, […]

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