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Book: “Future Faith”

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Ten Challenges Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century”

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Grace And Truth

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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

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Blog posts to help you with all things camp…


5 Tips For Hosting Next-Level Camp Games

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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

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


Values: Setting Better Examples For Gen Z On Social Media

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

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The Sin Of Silence

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The epidemic of denial about sexual abuse in the evangelical church


What Parents Need To Know About Kids Who Self Harm

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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

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


Miss America. . . Finally. . .

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Transitioning Out

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


Explaining The Masterpiece Cake Shop Ruling

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Leading A Leader Go

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Why Is This So Hard?

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Communicating With Parents

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Failure to communicate = a failure to minister


5 Ways To Connect Parents To Your Youth Ministry

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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

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

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Why Sex Matters

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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

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10 Things I usually do when we play on trips

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Dealing With Conflict

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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?

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#NationalDoughnutDay is June 1


Doughnut Appreciation

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


National Donut Day Is Coming THIS FRIDAY!

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


Thriving Values Resources For Parents On Cultural Issues

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Helping You Understand the Times and Know How to Respond

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Hebrew Words Every Kid Should Know

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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

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Church of England taps Amazon device to spread Christian message


The Next Evangelicalism

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Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity


Don’t Put Your Trust In Anyone But God

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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

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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


Leveraging Milestones

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Making Spiritual Conversations Normal At Home


“13 Reasons Why” With Walt Mueller

on May 29, 2018 by

My initial reaction to Season 2 as I was just a few episodes in was this: “They should have put this thing…

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Five Ways My Mom Invested the Gospel In Me

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I’m a daughter who just graduated from her teens last year. What I do know is that my mother wanted a strong…

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Parents, It’s Not Your Job To Change Your Children

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In this new video, Paul Tripp—pastor, author, gives a word to parents seeking to shepherd the hearts of their children


New Youth Ministry Job….Enjoy Your honeymoon!

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It offers a unique opportunity that can be leveraged for impact when approached as an opportunity


Webcast: How Should The Gospel Shape Culture

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The Gospel in the Center webcast is perfect for ministry team building,  and personal development you won’t want to miss

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Tempted To Compromise The biblical Message

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Youth Ministry’s Historical Temptation to Compromise on Biblical Truth

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Be Prepared For 13 Reasons Why…Season Two

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You need to be informed about this series (whether their own teens watch it or not) because the kids will be talking…

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Body Shaming

on May 20, 2018 by

The Culprits and Impact of Image-Related Insults

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Book: Caught In Between

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Engage Your Preteens Before They Check Out. A comprehensive strategy for engaging preteens well before they make the transition

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Walt Mueller’s Concerns Over Andy Stanley’s Remarks

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No, this is not a witch hunt. Nor is it insignificant, petty, and unimportant. It’s about properly tending to the flock.


Asking A Volunteer To Leave

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Some highlights from Tom Rainer

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Book: Spiritual Grit

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A Journey Into Endurance. Character. Confidence. Hope

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Flashback: Better Small Group Leader Meetings

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6 Ways to Make Small Group Leader Meetings Great

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Leveraging Your Downtime In Youth Ministry

on May 16, 2018 by

I would focus on what I refer to as the “big three”– vision, curriculum, and volunteers


10 apps Every Youth Pastor Should Have This Summer

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I use plenty of other apps during the year, but these apps help me make it through the chaotic summer schedule


11 Essential Youth Ministry Skills

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Establish a culture of leadership that places Jesus as its central figure and draws life from no individual. How do you do…

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Creating Community Among Volunteers

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So how do you create community with volunteers? Here are a few ideas


Parenting Through Transitions

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Confessions from a control freak


New At Youth Ministry?

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Here’s Help From Vision to Volunteers

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Great Questions To Help Focus Your Ministry

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Ask yourself and your leadership team in order to begin the process of becoming a healthier and more focused team:

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Walt Mueller: Grieving For Youth Ministry

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First, just because so-and-so said it, it doesn’t make it theologically correct or morally right…..filter everything  through Scripture.

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Barna: Spiritual Conversations In The Digital Age

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How Christians’ Approach to Sharing Their Faith Has Changed in 25 Years


Do You Feel Stuck In Your Ministry?

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The Fastest Way to Move Your Ministry Forward (Without Spending Any Money)


The 7 Minute Meeting For New 7th Graders

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One of the most crucial transitions to master is the one from Kid’s Ministry to Student Ministry



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Families affected by disability are in chronic need of supportive community to do life together

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Why You Don’t Want A Rock Star Youth Pastor

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Too many churches are still trying to discover and hire a superstar. Normally this (guy) is energetic, passionate, organized, and relatively attractive

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Children’s Minister Is The Position In Greatest Demand

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Five Reasons Why the Children’s Minister is the Staff Position in Greatest Demand


Why Teeangers Struggle To Develop Spiritual Habits

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5 Reasons Teeangers Struggle to Develop Good Spiritual Habits by Andy Blanks

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A New Future For Youth Specialties

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“The leaders of Orange and Download Youth Ministry (DYM) are excited to announce their partnership in acquiring Youth Specialties from Real Resources.”


New 2 Youth Ministry: The Importance Of Professionalism

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let’s avoid getting fired for things we neglected to do

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Why Youth Pastors Should Teach Expository Messages

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“Wait, what did the title say? Should? Who do you think you are? Don’t you tell me what to do!”

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Adolescent Suicide

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Deaths from suicide amongst teenagers has grown over 84% in the last decade

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Pornography’s Effect On Long-Term Relationships

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Married men and women who use pornography are more likely to get divorced than men and women who do not


What To Do When No One Shows Up

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Feelings of inadequacy, failure, doubt, and disappointment. Even worse, the next day when people ask us “how did youth group go last…


Teaching My Daughter How To Handle Mean Girls

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5 Tips for how to deal with mean girls.



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It’s Not Just For You


Kids’ Faith

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How well does your children’s ministry recognize the importance of kids’ milestones and rites?


80% Of Americans Believe In God?

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80% ofPew Found Out What They Mean.


Campus Ministry Link: HS Students To College Ministry

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Connect your high school students to a campus ministry


“Why every Student Ministry Needs A Social Media Strategy

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This session is led by Joshua Griffin (@joshuagriffin) who is a 20 year Student Ministry veteran and co-founder of Download YM. Here…


Soul Provider: Barefoot With A Cause

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Middle school student steps out in faith to help out children in Ghana

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Want To Know How To Help Empower Vulnerable Girls

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BRAVE intentionally reaches vulnerable girls (foster care/probation/sexual abuse/divorce).


Creating An Inviting Culture…

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One-Life Concept

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Creating An Inviting Culture…

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Move All Events To After Service

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7 Essential Preteen Principles

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Socially they are expected to practice teenage behaviors. What do parents and youth workers need to do

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Brace Yourself, Change Is Coming

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Sporadic attendance is becoming the norm.

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10 Questions To Ask Your Teens

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Youth ministry “success” can be measured in different ways. But, numbers don’t always tell us the whole story…and without the whole story,…

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My Kids Can’t Stop Playing Fortnite

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Should Parents be Concerned?

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Youth workers And Teens A Challenge To Become Wise

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More Risks for Young Drivers

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Driving Remains a Dangerous Activity for Today’s Youth

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Can We Talk?

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The sad reality is that many teens face hurt and despair in their lives. As you develop deep relationships with the students…

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Unwritten Rule For Parents That Hurts Everyone

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Adults have made children a priority, however, there is an unintended consequence. Let me explain


Far too Many Youth Workers Want To Be Famous

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Remember the teenagers who need you now. They’re not your training ground; they’re your mission field. Be faithful in the little things…


Energizing Your Family’s Spiritual Life: You Set The Pace

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Energizing Your Family’s Spiritual Life: You Set the Pace Mark Holmen, a family ministry expert, tells a story about his days as…

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Creating An Inviting Culture

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Summer Camp Is The Linch Pin

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How To Create An Inviting Culture…

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Use Social Media Strategically

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Hard To Reach Students

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Most hard-to-reach students aren’t actually that hard to reach; we just need to put in a little extra effor


Simplify Your Communication To Volunteers

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Top 3 qualities I’m looking For When I Hire

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The Death Of “The Great Commission”

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51% of church goers do not know what the “The Great Commission” is. Take that in for a moment, the average “Christian”…


Need Help Recruiting

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Don’t Miss These 3 Great Recruiting Ideas


Flashback: 9 Ways Your Kid Will Be Able to See Porn

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By default, every device that connects kids to the internet also connects kids to porn

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Flashback: How To Protect Your Kids From Porn

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Everyone knows that porn is ubiquitous online, a danger to be aware of and avoid vigilantly

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Church Planting as Youth Ministry Pt2

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Two Views of the Role of Youth in the Mission of the Church


Church Planting as Youth Ministry. Pt1

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An ongoing column which draws together insights from two crucial spheres of ministry: youth ministry and church planting

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Uk: Why Generation Z Become Christians

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Even fewer spoke about other church youth activities or specific courses on Christianity popular in England like Alpha or Christianity Explored


Book: Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?

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Larry Norman and the Perils of Christian Rock

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What Pastors Need To Know About ‘Nones’

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The death of Christianity in America has been announced many times—and yet Christianity continues to thrive

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Apathy And Lack Of Commitment In Your Students?

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Do These 4 Things

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Daughters Should Know…

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8 Things Every Father Must Teach His Daughter