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Even Walt Failed

on August 17, 2018 by

As we create environments and experiences for students, may we hold to the truth that we’re never done

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The Storms Of Teenage Social Media Never Ends It’s 24/7

on August 17, 2018 by

A moment of peace takes intentionality-something teenagers often lack.


A Snapchat Snapshot

on August 17, 2018 by

Behind the app

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Relational Capacity And Ministry Burnout

on August 14, 2018 by

5 Practices that Cultivate Relational Health and Longevity in Ministry

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Barna: DevelopIng Teen’s Faith?

on August 14, 2018 by

Parents and Pastors: Partners in Gen Z Discipleship

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Discipling Teens…Keep Planting And Trusting In Jesus

on August 14, 2018 by

How Christ-centered Bible study changed how she disciples teens

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The Flip Side Of Camp Ministry

on August 14, 2018 by

Re-conversion VS  a Christian acknowledging sin

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Three Reminders For Our College Bound Kids

on August 13, 2018 by

What they need to hear, or maybe these thoughts will help guide you on some conversations before they go

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Flashback: Why Youth Ministry Needs Parents

on August 13, 2018 by

The truth is, we need you. Here’s 3 Reasons

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The Bullying Breakthrough

on August 9, 2018 by

Real Help for Parents and Teachers of the Bullied, Bystanders, and Bullies


Cultivating Wise Tech Habits In Your Teen

on August 9, 2018 by

Jonathan McKee offers insight and practical suggestions to parents seeking to guide their teens toward smart management of their digital world

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Parents Need To Drastically Cut Kids’ Screen Time

on August 9, 2018 by

Children are spending way too much time in front of screens

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Committed Volunteers

on August 9, 2018 by

5 Indicators Your Volunteers Are “All In”

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on August 7, 2018 by

Four things you need to now

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“Parenting Adult Children.” Part 2

on August 6, 2018 by

Be Intentional about Investing in Your Own Emotional, Physical, and Spiritual Health


“Parenting Adult Children.” Part 1

on August 6, 2018 by

An Invitation to Keep the Welcome Mat Out and Your Mouth Shut


“That’s Not Fair!”

on August 6, 2018 by

If Your Kids Say This Phrase, They’re More Entitled Than You Realize

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Reaching LGBTQ Kids

on August 5, 2018 by

Two Completely Different Theologies… both Reaching LGBTQ Kids


Flashback: College Prep

on August 5, 2018 by

What to Expect in Life’s Next Chapter

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Working With Parents In Your Youth Ministry

on August 5, 2018 by

Here are some crucial truths I have learned when working with parents.


Controlled Chaos: Making Sense Of Junior High Ministry

on July 29, 2018 by

Revised & Expanded


Hiring 101

on July 29, 2018 by

In this 4-part online course Kevin Libick walks your church staff or search committee through a process for identifying and hiring a…

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The Best Thing To Do After Your Summer Mission Trip

on July 29, 2018 by

Summer is mission trip season for many of us in youth ministry and my social media feeds are currently full of pictures…

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Communicating To Teens

on July 29, 2018 by

Are They Hearing What You Are Saying?

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Helping Kids Cope With Anxiety

on July 29, 2018 by

Ways to identify signs of anxiety and how to help your kids through their experience with it

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Guarding Teens Through The Dangers Of Culture

on July 29, 2018 by

13 Reasons Why We Need to Have Conversations With Our Kids


1 In 4 Teenage Girls Deliberately Harm Themselves

on July 29, 2018 by

Up to 30 percent of teenage girls in some parts of the United States say they have intentionally injured themselves

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More Than A Camp High: (Part One)

on July 29, 2018 by

Pursuing Emotional Experience for the Glory of God

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More Than A Camp High: (Part Two)

on July 29, 2018 by

Pursuing Emotional Experience for the Glory of God

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Average Child Spends Seven Hours A Week Outside

on July 27, 2018 by

Survey shows that 40% of parents have to force their video-gamer children to leave the house


Teaching your kids about money

on July 23, 2018 by

Four Things Dads Should Teach Their Kids About Money (Paul David


Parenting Is a Process, Not an Event

on July 23, 2018 by

Paul Tripp encourages parents to persist in disciplining their children, just as God continues to discipline his own children.

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Are We Robbing Our Kids By Giving Online?

on July 23, 2018 by

If we aren’t teaching our kids about the spiritual aspects of money, the world is happy to do our job for us


Teaching Kids Theology

on July 21, 2018 by

8 Things to Remember When Teaching Kids Theology

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Searching For The Right Leaders

on July 21, 2018 by

Here’s what I should have been doing…

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Parent Controls Don’t Work?

on July 20, 2018 by

The Internet filtering tools are ineffective and in most cases, were an insignificant factor in whether young people had seen explicit sexual content.

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How The History Of Sunday School Can Help Today

on July 19, 2018 by

A change in the children’s behavior. “They have been transformed from the shape of wolves and tigers to that of men,”


Gap Year: Going Deeper

on July 19, 2018 by

Agape Year is a gap year for recent high school graduates who are eager to see God’s justice roll down like waters…

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College Prep

on July 18, 2018 by

What to Expect in Life’s Next Chapter

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Youth Group Games

on July 15, 2018 by

The  Source for youth ministry


From Entitled To Empowered

on July 15, 2018 by

Eight Steps to Combat Entitlement in the Classroom

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Dealing With Your Angry Teen

on July 12, 2018 by

Here’s some tips how to deal with angry teens


What We Can Learn From The Greatest Generation

on July 12, 2018 by

Here are 5 things we can learn from them to help strengthen today’s society.

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10 apps That Help

on July 12, 2018 by

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the App Store. To celebrate, here are 10 apps every pastor and church leader should have


“Upskirting,” And Porn Culture

on July 11, 2018 by

What’s “Upskirting,” And How Does Porn Culture Feed This Twisted Trend?


Why Youth Ministry Shouldn’t Be The Greatest Show On Earth

on July 6, 2018 by

by Walt Mueller


How To Debrief Your Summer Missions Trip

on July 6, 2018 by

“It shouldn’t surprise us that students struggle to translate their mission trip into every day life, but it should inspire us to…

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4 Ways To Be A Great Summer Dad

on July 5, 2018 by

Few things are more cherished in childhood memories than summer. Make no mistake, the season is a BIG deal to our kids


Knowing Your Child’s Love Language

on July 5, 2018 by

The question is not, ‘Do you love your children?’ The question is, ‘Do your children feel loved?” Dr. Chapman asks


What Middle Schoolers Are Watching On YouTube

on July 4, 2018 by

Between 80-95% of Generation Z uses YouTube more than any other social media platform

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Helping Bullied, Bullies AND Bystanders

on July 2, 2018 by

I’m not just advocating help for kids who have been picked on, but help for the bullied, bullies and bystanders

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Ministry With A Lasting Impact…..Bible

on July 2, 2018 by

Unleashing God’s Word in Youth Ministry

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How To Grow Your Youth Ministry

on July 2, 2018 by

The best way to grow is to keep what you’ve got


Hacking Technology With Tim Schmoyer

on July 2, 2018 by

A Guided Tour of Technology that Can Help Your Youth Ministry

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Engaging Teens

on June 29, 2018 by

5 Ways Your Church Can Engage Teens

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The importance Of Knowing Who Your Kid Hangs Out With

on June 28, 2018 by

Carlos Whittaker, to talk about the key role your high schooler’s community plays in his or her life

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Passing The Faith To Your Kids

on June 28, 2018 by

You don’t have to have a perfect life to pass down a faith-filled life to your kids

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The importance of summer camps

on June 27, 2018 by

Summer camps provide a chance for youth to hear the Gospel truth in a different way than they probably have before

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Awaken the sleeping giant by focusing on teenagers!

on June 27, 2018 by

God has a track record of choosing teenagers to accomplish great spiritual feats


How To Prevent Burnout In Youth Ministry

on June 26, 2018 by

These are simply my thoughts on practical tips on prayer that can help you avoid burn out


Staying In Touch In The Summer Months

on June 26, 2018 by

summer can be a great time to think outside the box and create some quality relationship-building moments

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Why I’m Still Doing Middle School Ministry

on June 26, 2018 by

(After 35+ Years)….. Marko

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Parenting And The Cultural Pressure To Conform

on June 25, 2018 by

Well, how in the world did a Christian mom send her 15-year-old son through the streets of Rome past public orgies in…

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6 Ways To Avoid Delayed Adulthood

on June 25, 2018 by

So how can the next generation move toward maturity? Here are six basic steps to help the next generation


There’s Just One Way To Marry The Right Person

on June 24, 2018 by

These were wonderful words of wisdom about marriage and the kind of person you really want to marry. There’s Just One Way…


When Kids Cut Themselves

on June 24, 2018 by

When Kids Cut Themselves Seventeen-year-old Lauren was despondent over breaking up with her boyfriend. She had never known pain so deep and…

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I’m A Pastor And I Want You To Quit Church. Now!

on June 23, 2018 by

When believers approach their individual involvement and commitment in a casual manner it weakens the entire body of Christ and the impact…

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I’m Not Your Youth Pastor Anymore!

on June 22, 2018 by

Last summer I left that church to take another. I swore to myself that I wouldn’t interfere with my successor’s ministry


The Battle Of Boredom

on June 22, 2018 by

It never fails, right? Summer shows up, and with it, our kids’ ability to be entertained for longer than five minutes at…

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20 Camp And Retreat Hacks

on June 19, 2018 by

Even if you have your plans made here are 20 hacks you could still use to enhance your time away…

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Building On The Youth Camp Or Conference Experience

on June 19, 2018 by

4 Strategies to Build on the Youth Camp, Conference or Retreat Experience

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Book: “Future Faith”

on June 18, 2018 by

Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century”

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Grace And Truth

on June 18, 2018 by

How can we maintain that tender balance between grace and truth that marked the life and ministry of our Savior, and must…


Help Me With… Camp

on June 14, 2018 by

Blog posts to help you with all things camp…


5 Tips For Hosting Next-Level Camp Games

on June 14, 2018 by

And, if Camp is the most important event of our summer, those games need to be next-level. How can I ramp up…

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Is Gen Z Prepared To Follow Jesus

on June 12, 2018 by

Why Gen Z Is Not Prepared To Follow Jesus In A Post-Everything World


Values: Setting Better Examples For Gen Z On Social Media

on June 12, 2018 by

Ten Ways “Grown-up” Christians Can Set a Better Example for Gen Z on Social Media

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The Sin Of Silence

on June 12, 2018 by

The epidemic of denial about sexual abuse in the evangelical church


What Parents Need To Know About Kids Who Self Harm

on June 7, 2018 by

15% of young people self-harm. 34% begin between the ages of 17 and 20, can start as young as 12 or even…


Reflections on 34 Years in the Youth Ministry World

on June 7, 2018 by

For the first time in over 3 decades I don’t have “youth” in my title. I feel weird.


Miss America. . . Finally. . .

on June 7, 2018 by


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Transitioning Out

on June 7, 2018 by

5 Tips to keep in mind to make the transition as smooth as possible.


Explaining The Masterpiece Cake Shop Ruling

on June 5, 2018 by

2 Minute Video


Leading A Leader Go

on June 4, 2018 by

Why Is This So Hard?

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Communicating With Parents

on June 3, 2018 by

Failure to communicate = a failure to minister


5 Ways To Connect Parents To Your Youth Ministry

on June 3, 2018 by

If you desire to have a Youth Ministry that has any real significant influence, you will have to do well at partnering…


How To Get Students To Sign Up For Your Youth Events

on June 3, 2018 by

7 Secrets to Getting More Students to Sign Up for Your Youth Events

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Why Sex Matters

on June 2, 2018 by

It is always amazing to me that God created physical intimacy in such a way to provide a deep connection with your…


Bus Trivia Questions

on June 1, 2018 by

10 Things I usually do when we play on trips

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Dealing With Conflict

on June 1, 2018 by

Some things in life and ministry that are certain, conflict is one of them. It’s important to learn how to handle them


Free Doughnut! Why Not?

on May 31, 2018 by

#NationalDoughnutDay is June 1


Doughnut Appreciation

on May 31, 2018 by

Download and cut out the tags we’ve created to let the people your family appreciates


National Donut Day Is Coming THIS FRIDAY!

on May 31, 2018 by

Here is game to help you celebrate this week with your youth group


Thriving Values Resources For Parents On Cultural Issues

on May 31, 2018 by

Helping You Understand the Times and Know How to Respond

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Hebrew Words Every Kid Should Know

on May 31, 2018 by

Teach your kids Bible stories in the context of your family’s situations. Nothing makes the Bible more clear than real life applications

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Alexa, Tell Me About God

on May 30, 2018 by

Church of England taps Amazon device to spread Christian message


The Next Evangelicalism

on May 30, 2018 by

Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity


Don’t Put Your Trust In Anyone But God

on May 30, 2018 by

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7


I Resigned My Youth Ministry Position

on May 30, 2018 by

Now What?


Transitioning To Greatness

on May 30, 2018 by

When the class of 2018 heads into their future there will a be a big hole in our youth ministries