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Be A Regular at Your Local School Sporting Events

Be A Regular at Your Local School Sporting Events

One of the things about student ministry that I truly love is being able to go to our local Jr/Sr High School to cheer on our students as they compete in their various sporting events. For me, this is an area where we can make some of the biggest investments in our relational ministry with students.

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Take Care of Yourself

Take Care of Yourself

No one likes being sick, especially when you are actually sick. But too often we neglect our health in the name of ministry. I know I do. And I have paid the price. After struggling with a nagging cough for a number of weeks, I was sidelined and confined to the house “resting” with pneumonia. Ugh!

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Making Memories of the Milestones

Making Memories of the Milestones

What do you do to celebrate the milestone moments in your students’ lives? Over the years, I’ve learned that even the smallest moments in a student’s life come with big opportunity to celebrate.

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Strategic Programming is Creative Programming

Strategic Programming is Creative Programming

The universal word for junior high is: FUN. When junior high students have FUN they are more likely to feel like they’ve found a place to belong, no matter where they are at in their relationship with Jesus. So, we program our ministries with FUN events, services, camps and more!

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3 Tips to Recruit More Volunteers

3 Tips to Recruit More Volunteers

After 12 years of ministry, I haven’t found a person who said they got into ministry because they love volunteer recruitment and management! Sure, some church leaders possess the skills needed to recruit, train, and retain volunteers, but most leaders struggle to find leaders to serve.

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An Immoral Youth Ministry Decision

An Immoral Youth Ministry Decision

I may be on the fringe here (and like all things, I reserve the right to be wrong and have my mind changed) but I think one of the most immoral decisions we can make in youth ministry is to prioritize OURSELVES – the staff, the leaders, the adults – over the students.

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