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Breaking: Students Dodge Aliens in Thrilling Game at MIX

Breaking: Students Dodge Aliens in Thrilling Game at MIX

Just after dusk, a CIY MIX conference is so quiet that any sound bounces off the buildings and echoes through the trees. Then, small clusters of middle schoolers make haste across the campus – The Outer Realm game is on! “Mission Impossible” music follows each group...
The Youth Ministry Island – Part 4

The Youth Ministry Island – Part 4

As a young youth worker, I looked up to the “big guys.” These were the guys who were leading seminars and writing books. They were seen after as leaders, pioneers and trailblazers. We called them “experts” and learned from their wisdom and experience. I would listen...
The Youth Ministry Island – Part 3

The Youth Ministry Island – Part 3

Is There A Consequence In Our Separation? A couple of years ago, ministry headlines told of the absence of twenty-somethings in many churches. Even churches with incredible student ministries are wondering where the students go after they graduate from high school....
The Youth Ministry Island – Part 2

The Youth Ministry Island – Part 2

On Monday’s blog post, we started a discussion about how operate as a ministry within the church. The question was, Does the mission, structure, goals, branding, and activities of your youth ministry align with the mission, vision, goals, structure, branding,...
The Youth Ministry Island – Part 1

The Youth Ministry Island – Part 1

A couple years back I read the book, Simple Church, Return to God’s Process for Making Disciples, by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger. To my surprise, this book helped me realize an unfortunate truth about how I thought of the  church and youth ministry. I know I...

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