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Beto O’Rourke’s Plan To Destroy Churches

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The government…. signaled that Christian schools may soon be treated like racists for …view of marriage

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What Middle Schooler‘s Are Like

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I have worked with middle school students in educational, athletic, and ministry settings for more than 14 years now

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10% Of Christian Twentysomethings Have Resilient Faith

on October 14, 2019 by

There are four kinds of twentysomething “exiles” making their way in our current day and age

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Suicide Prevention

on October 14, 2019 by

Insights and resources for parents and youth workers

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250,000 Students In US Participate In Fields Of Faith

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As part of a faith-filled initiative by  fellowship of Christian athletes  to pray, read their Bibles, and “open up their life to Christ

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Flashback:LGBT labeling Christians ‘dangerous’

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It is those who hold traditional values, the LGBT activists claim, that are directly responsible for gay and trans suicides

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Relational Youth Ministry

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Often times adult volunteers want to be liked by students, so they cross the line between friend and mentor

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Parenting Middle School Kids

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8 Conversations to have with your new middle school student

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FIRED! Part 3

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FIRED! Part 2

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The Redemption Story

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FIRED! Part 1: Lies They Say When They Let You Go

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FIRED! 5 Lies You Are Told When You Are Let Go From A Church

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3 Cultural Changes As A Youth Worker

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“Do you think you’ll ever change the night of youth group?  My son/daughter is just too busy and they’re missing out.”

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Parents: 5 Reasons To Keep Your Students In Youth Group

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Why is youth group important?

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Dealing With Criticism

on October 7, 2019 by

If you’re a youth worker you can’t escape it, you will be criticized

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What Real Forgiveness Looks Like

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Brandt Jean asked the judge if he could hug Amber Guyger, former Dallas cop who shot and killed his brother.
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Youth Ministries Working Together

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A Kingdom-minded ministry is about reaching kids for Christ and plugging them into the local church…not your local church

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Book: Mentorship And Marketplace

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A New Direction for Youth Ministry

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Engaging Kids About Pop-Culture

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Dare I say most, of the kids we work with are not coming to church with a deep desire for God’s Word

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Why Christians Reject Kanye’s ‘Jesus Is King,’ Sun Service

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Kanye West may have come to Jesus — but some Christians aren’t buying the born-again “Yeezus.”

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Serious Bible Study Is for Teens, Too….

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For too long I saw daily Bible reading and Bible study as part of some contract with God

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Helping Your Son Escape Porn

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The average age a kid first encounters porn is at age 13, and that’s just the average. Some kids see porn as…

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Video: Types Of Parents In The School Pick-Up Line

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Every parent can probably relate to this video. It’s just a fun way of looking at the types of parents in the…

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The Boy Who Stood At The Flagpole Praying Alone

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“God, as people drive by, let them wonder, let their hearts be pricked.”

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The Youth Pastor Compensation Survey 2019

on September 27, 2019 by

One way you can help out your brothers and sisters is by sharing this survey to your network and on other social…

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Social Media—Your Secret Weapon In Youth Ministry

on September 24, 2019 by

Would you believe that social media could be one of the handiest tools you have in your youth leader tool belt?

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4 Questions To Ask About Your Ministry Entering The Fall

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What is one thing (if any) that we should consider killing in the new year? What is one thing (if any) we…

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Better Planning For A Better Fall

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Here are a few enhancements that you can make to your planning that will help your group to do better in the…

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5 Fall Events Student Ministries Can Do

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5 fall events….reach new students and introduce them to what your ministry is all about

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How To Plan A Successful Fall Festival

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6 Secrets to Planning a Wildly Successful Fall Festival

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Flashback: Christianity On Campus A Time For Prayer

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How can students to reach their campus for Christ and change the culture if they can’t  articulate their own convictions?

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Flashback: Being Strategic This Year In Youth Ministry

on September 13, 2019 by

How to Strategically Scope and Sequence your Year

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Kids….“I Hope You Suffer”

on September 10, 2019 by

Suffering is the fertile ground for great growth in character, wisdom, and virtue. Suffering grows our dependence on God while undermining our…

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4 Ways To Help Kids Deal With Discomfort

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Life Skills that Build Emotional Resilience

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4 Ways To Keep Your Youth Pastor For The Long Haul

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Being a youth pastor at one church for the entirety of my ministry career is one of the greatest blessings of my…

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Gun Used In Argument B/W Pastor & Youth Pastor’s Wives

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A “minor conflict” between the wives of a pastor and youth pastor at a West Virginia church resulted in gunfire, leading to…

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How To Improve Your Youth Ministry Program

on September 6, 2019 by

7 simple ideas youth leaders from across the nation have shared with me that will help improve your youth ministry program

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Engaging Kids About Pop-Culture

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A song on the top of the charts, a new Netflix show everyone is binging, a new trend everyone…

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Teenage Heroes Ran Into Burning Home Rescued 5

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Dillard and Nate managed to save a family of four thanks to their quick thinking

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Marriage Is for Mission

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But ministry that is pursued by a married couple requires unity. Nothing derails the mission quite like disunity

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Justin Bieber Leads Worship At Church For The First Time

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Having trust in Jesus at your worst times is the absolute hardest. But he is faithful to complete what he started

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Justin Bieber Opens Up About Fame And Drug

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I started doing pretty heavy drugs at 19 and abused all of my relationships

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Discovering God’s Freedom From Pornography

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Grit: The Power Of Passion And Perserverance

on September 3, 2019 by

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Churches Could Win Back Teens Like Me If….

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Many Christian denominations are too deeply rooted in tradition. We find it a turnoff

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Flashback: Children ‘Immersed in a Culture of Disrespect’

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“Then Kyle replied, ‘Shut up, mom. You don’t know what you’re talking about.’ … Kyle is 10 years old.”

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Flashback: The Problem With American Parenting

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…….“Expect kids to behave like adults, but you should not give them the authority of an adult.”

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8 Steps to Planning a Good Parent Meeting

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OK, we get it, we are supposed to connect, engage and release parents to be the primary disciplers of their teenagers

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Why I Wish We Hadn’t Lived Together Before Marriage

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We started our “serious” relationship with a lack of commitment

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Two Items To Send With Every New College Student

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Sending off a college student for the first time can spark strong—and competing—feelings

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4 Tips To Partner With Parents In Your Ministry

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(Even when you are not one)

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My Child Was Caught Viewing Porn!

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What Do I Do?

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How To Not Embarrass Your Teen

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You’re going to embarrass your teenager on some level in some way

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When A Student Comes Out To You

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More students want to meet and talk about same-sex attraction. We have moved from “my friend” is struggling with this, to “I”…

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UK: Christians No Longer Allowed To Lead Library Time

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They have been told that after eight years, because of songs being sung about Bible stories in the local government building.

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Reflect On Joshua Harris’s Deconversion

on August 7, 2019 by

It would give us great joy to see our friend return to the gospel he proclaimed, the Bible he affirmed, and the…

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Create Intentional Moments For Your Family To Connect

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Flashback: Hugh Hefner Media And Cultural Pioneer

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Hefner’s message of “sexual freedom” without borders and boundaries continues to flourish

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“Navigating LGBTQ Issues”

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…they bring Gospel-centered sense to the head-spinning conversations and debates regarding sexuality and gender

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How to Strategically Scope and Sequence your Year

on July 27, 2019 by

Dan Istvanik

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Why young people abandoned the faith

on July 27, 2019 by

More and more parents and churches are recognizing that students are not prepared for the challenges that college often brings

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Connecting With Parents During The Summer

on July 26, 2019 by

When was the last time you went out of your way to meet with a parent, when their teen wasn’t in any…

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Youth Ministry Summer Reading List

on July 26, 2019 by

As a result of years of research and writing, there are so many great books available that allow us to be mentored…

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Looking For Ways To Disciple Your Kids This Summer?

on July 26, 2019 by

Heather Molendyk

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Longevity In YTH Ministry

on July 23, 2019 by

This is the latest article in the AG News on ythology and…thoughts on longevity in YTH ministry

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How To Help Your Former Teens Grow After High School

on July 20, 2019 by

The first two years of their post-high school life has so much change; it can knock them off their spiritual journey

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How Faith Heritage Relates To Faith Practice

on July 19, 2019 by

The idea of beliefs that transcend generations is beautiful, but is it also beneficial?

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YouTube Star ‘Ninja’ Thanks Mom For Choosing Life

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A lot of the doctors told my mom that I had…a number of diseases, and that I should be aborted

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When A Student Fails To Show Up

on July 18, 2019 by

I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I’m not cool enough to warrant time with many of the students…

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The One Thing Your Kid Needs Before Starting College

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Helping your child transition from one phase to the next is never easy

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Digital Distractions

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How to Help Your Kids Dodge Digital Distractions

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“Generation Screen” And Self-esteem

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For ways to build self-esteem with the screen generation

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Youthmin: Self Promotion And The Call To Humility

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Help me to humble myself before Thee by seeing the vanity of honor as a conceit of men’s minds

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Protecting Kids From Porn

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Six dangerous to teach your kids about porn

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Helping Teens Fall In Love With A Familiar God

on July 12, 2019 by

How will these teens fall in love with a God they’ve been arranged to love from their birth?

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Advice I’d Give Myself If I Were Starting Over As A Dad

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What Every Tween Girl Needs From Her Mom

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Here are a few things my mentors have taught me that I’d love to pass along to you

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Gay Girl, Good God

on July 11, 2019 by

The story of who I was  and who God has always been

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Teens With Strong Connections At Home…Healthier Adults

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Teens who feel understood by their parents and teachers may grow up to be healthier adults

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4 Things To Do When Starting A New Position

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I am a little anxious walking into this new role but so excited to see how God will work in this new…

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3 Barriers To Spiritual Growth Faced By Teens Today

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For Christian teenagers, growth in godliness sometimes tends to take a back seat if someone’s not behind them really speaking in their…

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A Call To Teenagers To Be Free

on July 3, 2019 by

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My Quiet Times Are Anything But Quiet

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I have come to believe that many women are not reading their Bibles consistently

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The Tyranny Of Summer Expectations

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Am I worried that I’m messing them up? Absolutely

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How To Talk To Young People About Doubt

on July 3, 2019 by

Dr. Kara Powell

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Becoming A Dad

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10 Things I wish someone had told me before fatherhood

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No Teen Is Too Far Gone

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There is more grace in Christ than there is sin in the greatest of prodigals

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When Motherhood Feels Like Death

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The endless, nebulous work of motherhood…

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The First 60 Days Of A New Job

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Pray that I stick to these things as I begin to learn this new church culture and learn… just learn.

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Teen Vogue: Sex Work Is ok…..For Teens?

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God’s good gift of sexuality is being distorted and denigrated in a variety of ways. What was once unthinkable is now normalized

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The Character Of Discipleship

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The development of character and virtue often feels like a lost art form to the extent that we’ve even begun to lose the…

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Flashback: Managing The Anxiety Of Youth Ministry

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I didn’t realize how anxious I would feel. My mind raced with thoughts like: What if the group doesn’t grow?

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Mistakes You Might Make In Your Next Family Vacation

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The real value of family vacations is not in the activity. It’s for your kids to know you’re crazy about them

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New: This Summer Try Vision Casting With Your Leaders

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The more time you can invest in your leaders this way, the more likely your fall is going to start off strong

 

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Lies We Tell Ourselves As Youth Workers

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The Top three lies

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How To Lead A Mission Trip Parent Meeting

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The mission trip parent meeting can be one of the most dangerous meetings for a youth worker to lead

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No Teen Is Too Far Gone

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Don’t give up on them

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I love Parenting Teenagers

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“You think parenting is hard now? Just you wait.”

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What John Teaches Us About Youth Ministry

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What do we do when you go astray

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Sticking With Youth Ministry For The Long Haul

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If you’re feeling discouraged or out of gas in this season of leading, this article is for you

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Teen Fired From Christian Camp Counselor For Being Gay

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He did not personally align with our statements of faith (in particular, one regarding sexuality) we determined we could not use him…