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on July 24, 2016 by

What’s the ten appeal?

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How Skipping Church Affects Our Children

on July 24, 2016 by

And if He (Christ) isn’t a priority in our lives, then our children will know and follow suit


How To Make Big Changes In Your Youth Ministry

on July 22, 2016 by

Divvying it up like this it will make you act and take steps to realize that change instead of being paralyzed by…


Building A Solid Strategy For Your Student Ministry

on July 22, 2016 by

YS Blog

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A Letter To My Sons About Pornography

on July 20, 2016 by

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.”


5 Simple Spiritual Pilgrimages

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Pilgrimages are essential to our spiritual health and to the health of our students

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Framing Sexuality For Teens

on July 20, 2016 by

In just a few more than 50 years, our media culture has gone from treating matters of sexuality as a hush-hush topic…

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Greg Stier: My 10 Worst Ministry Mistakes

on July 19, 2016 by

A ministry veteran reflects on what he wishes he’d done better in his work

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The Myth Of The Non-Christian

on July 18, 2016 by

Engaging Atheists, Nominal Christians and the Spiritual But Not Religious


Pokémon Go And Your Youth Ministry

on July 15, 2016 by

Adam Mclane

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Six Potential Downsides Of Social Media

on July 14, 2016 by

Tim Elmore

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The Potential Upside Of Social Media

on July 14, 2016 by

Tim Elmore

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Raised In A Day Of Social Media

on July 14, 2016 by

Tim Elmore

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5 Conversations You Must Have With Grads Before College…Values

on July 13, 2016 by

Don’t miss this opportunity before they leave


8 Ways Churches Can Capitalize On Pokemon Go

on July 12, 2016 by

Don’t miss out on this…Paul said he became all things to all people so that some might come to Christ


Is It Too Early To Be Thinking About Fall? Episode 35

on July 10, 2016 by

After 9 Youth Ministry…Start 7:00 Min

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Back To School Planning For Youth Workers

on July 10, 2016 by

Better Planning for a Better Fall


Family Crisis Management

on July 10, 2016 by

Seeking Answers, Finding Hope

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Religion Shown To Steer Adolescents Away From Pornography

on July 9, 2016 by

However, these age-based increases in pornography viewing are decidedly lesser among those who attend religious services

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Stages Of Middle School Development

on July 7, 2016 by

Dan Istvanik


Learning From Failure

on July 5, 2016 by

Don’t let failure define you


what I’ve Learned In My First 10 Years Of Youth Ministry

on July 5, 2016 by

Stop yearning for something better and figure out how to minister to those you’ve been placed with


How To Survive And Thrive In Your First Youth Ministry Job

on July 5, 2016 by

YS Blog

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5 Reasons Why Teenagers Need Theology

on July 4, 2016 by

Secular society throws its own answers our way, but they’re never compatible with a Christian worldview


Duffy Robbins… Insights Into Teens Lives

on July 2, 2016 by

Voices of the Phase Project


5 Essential Steps To Clarity In Ministry

on June 30, 2016 by

Clarity is the result of a deliberate journey

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How To Help Teens Belong

on June 30, 2016 by

“Most teens feel out of place in this world.”


The 5 Best Ways To Deal With Criticism In Youth Ministry

on June 28, 2016 by

While you’re in Youth Ministry doing your best to serve and lead you will get criticized

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Connecting With Kids Who Don’t Want To Spend Time With You

on June 28, 2016 by

All the experts preach that you need to communicate with your teenager. But what if they don’t want to have anything to…

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Flashback: 6 Things To Do Before The New School Year

on June 27, 2016 by

Summer in Youth Ministry can be a busy time. It always seems to me that it is gone almost as soon…


Why I Use 30 Slides In A 15-Minute Sermon…

on June 27, 2016 by

….and You Should Too

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How to Reach the Next Generation

on June 24, 2016 by

Part 1

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How to Reach the Next Generation

on June 24, 2016 by

Part 2


How to Reach the Next Generation

on June 24, 2016 by

Part 3

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Dads And Culture

on June 23, 2016 by

by Walt Mueller

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Truly Partnering With Parents

on June 17, 2016 by

by Jonathan McKee


3 Keys To Keeping Boundaries In Ministry

on June 17, 2016 by

In fact, it can be incredibly difficult to maintain appropriate boundaries in ministry

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El Salvador Awaken Tour: Part 2

on June 16, 2016 by

George Lockhart

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How Do You Help The Single Dads In Your Church?

on June 16, 2016 by

While single moms do make up the majority of single parents, single dad households are on the rise

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Essential Youth Ministry: Relational Transformation

on June 16, 2016 by

The purpose behind our actions is a significant factor in determining our success or failure

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“Can I Have a Phone?” Values…

on June 15, 2016 by

Answering Every Kid’s Burning Question

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Yelling Dads Make Teenage Behavior Worse

on June 11, 2016 by

How fathers interact with their children when disciplining them, has links to aggressive and delinquent behavior in later life.

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Fighting ISIS And Supporting The Christian Community Of Iraq

on June 10, 2016 by

Help protect kids from the killings, rapes, and kidnapping. Visit to learn how to help.

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“What Is Our Student Ministry Called To?”

on June 9, 2016 by

We don’t need a new mission. We don’t need a new model. We need new ministry goals and an unrelenting commitment to…

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Teaching Techniques That Tantalize

on June 9, 2016 by

Any question that is surprising, specific, and personal will get your students talking.

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on June 9, 2016 by

Walt Mueller

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Gender Ideology Putting Children At Risk

on June 8, 2016 by

More than 60 leaders concerned about the mental health of American children have signed onto an open letter


The Battle With Culture

on June 8, 2016 by

…if we don’t ever engage the earth, how can we be witnesses in it?


Just Before Steph’s Biggest Game, Ayesha Curry Stands For Her Faith

on June 7, 2016 by

In a world full of half-dressed celebrities willing to bare-all, Mrs. Curry’s powerful stand for modesty is a beautiful thing

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20 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Pastor

on June 7, 2016 by

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are some things we are failing to prepare new pastors for

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Church Mistakenly Employs Homeless Musician For 3 Years Thinking He Was New Youth Pastor

on June 7, 2016 by

Wandering into the church..he was immediately assumed to be the new youth pastor, due to the guitar he was carrying and unkempt…

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What Are Your Goals For Students This Summer?

on June 6, 2016 by

Paul Worcester shares a summer goals worksheet that he uses with students through Christian Challenge and Chico State University

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Teens Curate Their Instagram Accounts, Over 25 Images is Now Uncool. Values

on June 5, 2016 by

In early adolescence, between the ages of 13 and 15, teens are still fairly self-centered and are more likely to worry about…


Up Your’s…..Speaking Game

on June 5, 2016 by

Remember these helpful tips, and don’t forget to….

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Support From Family, Friends Important To Helping Prevent Depression In Teenagers

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…also found that teenagers who had grown up in a difficult family environment were more likely than their peers to be bullied…

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Summer Camp Training

on June 3, 2016 by

The goals and purpose of camp counseling.”Who are you? and Why are you here?”

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Cultivating Culture In Youth Ministry

on June 3, 2016 by

A Few Simple Ideas To Begin To Develop The Culture You Want

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Flashback: Summer Survival Kit

on June 2, 2016 by

George Lockhart


Rebuked By Adele Putting Our Phones Down- And Seeing Life

on June 2, 2016 by

by Walt Mueller

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I Promise. They ARE Listening

on June 1, 2016 by

We can never fully know the way the Lord is working on their hearts. In our eyes it seems like they are…


4 Essentials In Being The Family Leader

on June 1, 2016 by

“Communication has been the number one thing in our family,” Grammy Award-winning Michael W. Smith

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Who Wants To Connect With Their “Over-Connected” Kids

on May 31, 2016 by

Jonathan McKee

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Chewbacca Superstar Says She Wants To Use Her Influence For God

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When I was 16, I had a vision and dream from the Lord about my future about being used for His glory….

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The Grace Adventure

on May 31, 2016 by

Duffy Robbins

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5 Things Parents Do Not Know About Youth Pastors

on May 30, 2016 by

The value parents add to a student ministry is immeasurable


Basics Of Confirmation

on May 30, 2016 by

Chip Pope


Helping Students Thrive Into Adulthood

on May 30, 2016 by

by Brock Morgan

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3 Tasks You Have To Add To Your Summer Calendar

on May 27, 2016 by

While summer is a great time to change things, it can also be a missed opportunity if you don’t develop a plan….

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No Jesus. No justice.

on May 27, 2016 by

Greg Stier


The Not-So-Hidden Effects Of Porn

on May 27, 2016 by

The Habit May Be Secret…But Not Its Consequences

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Body Image Issues A Helpful Infographic

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Youth Minister Out Of Hospital After Double Lung Transplant

on May 27, 2016 by

“I used to do gang ministry, life-and-death was always a reality but this became very real,”


Book: ‘An Other Kingdom’

on May 26, 2016 by

…a powerful call to depart the consumer culture and return to a neighborly covenant culture


Public Speaking in the Church: The Amazing Power of Stories

on May 26, 2016 by

by Rachel Blom


The Values Driving My Churchs Middle School Ministry In This Season

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Marijuana Use Among Teens Declines Despite Widespread Legalization

on May 25, 2016 by

National Survey on Drug Use and Health: A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states

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Book: It’s Not Too Late

on May 24, 2016 by

The Essential Part You Play in Shaping Your Teen’s Faith

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Flashback: Why College Students And Teens Leave The Church

on May 24, 2016 by

What is needed to bridge that gap between the youth and the church?

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Flashback: The Book Of Common Prayer Is Still A Big Deal

on May 24, 2016 by

Alan Jacobs explains why the nearly 500-year-old Anglican prayer book retains its influence, and why it should appeal even to (non-Anglican) evangelicals


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on May 23, 2016 by

… not “Family” Ministry

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3 Ways To Speak To Kids Who Don’t Want To Listen

on May 20, 2016 by

by Jonathan McKee

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Is It Wrong To Use Entertainment In Youth Ministry?

on May 20, 2016 by

“There’s a time to be spastic and there’s a time to refrain from being spastic!”


Fathers (And Mothers), Do Not Provoke Your Children!

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A discouraged child is one who has lost heart. He is so beaten down that he has lost hope, he has lost…

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7 Ways Parents Unfairly Provoke Our Children

on May 20, 2016 by

We may provoke our children to anger and discouragement when we teach them to be good instead of holy…good behavior than their…

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Re-orienting To The Desires Of Teens

on May 19, 2016 by


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Harvard Prof: Skills Every 18 Year Old Needs

on May 19, 2016 by

As we prepare our kids for the real world it is great to have some clear goals. Skills we should help teens…

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3 Clues To Create What Your Students Crave

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How To Do Your Own Color Powder Games

on May 19, 2016 by

looking for a summertime fun night the youth would definitely remember

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4 Reasons To Write Everything In Evernote

on May 19, 2016 by

So useful..from keeping receipts to meeting notes, to writing sermons, songs, blog posts, to do lists, and much more

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“What Tweens DON’T Want Parents to Know about Their Technology”

on May 18, 2016 by

“JH Uth Guy”

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Fight Against Stagnant Student Ministry

on May 17, 2016 by

The best way to fight against stagnant student ministry it to create anticipation.


What IS A Big Deal Online For Teenagers?

on May 17, 2016 by

A lot of things parents freak out about aren’t really that important. But there are some things that ARE: What’s actually helpful…

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The Jewish Intellectual Who Predicted America’s Social Collapse..Values

on May 17, 2016 by

Religion is in our blood, and the more we deny it, the sicker our society becomes


9 Prayers For My Daughter Who Is Now Dating

on May 17, 2016 by

…before she heads off to college. I began to think about things I still need to teach her, specifically about boys..


“A Picture Says A Thousand Words..”

on May 16, 2016 by

5 Apps For Creating Awesome Youth Ministry Graphics


Poor Parenting Can Be Passed From Generation To Generation

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Beating, yelling and neglect can all be passed from one generation to the next — but parents are often keen to break…

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Considering What The White House Guidlines Signify About Our Culture

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4 Bigger Repercussions Of The Bathroom Decree


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“He remembered it was on a Sunday, because he had just returned from church.” “He sent the pictures to someone he was…

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3 Ways You Can Serve Teenagers In Your Church

on May 12, 2016 by

Over my 18 years in the church, I’ve seen three ways every church member can (and should) serve their teenagers…

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Extremely Eyeopening Testimonial About Tech Interfering With Family Dinners

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An article from guest author Adam McLane