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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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Getting Middle Schoolers to Pay Attention

Getting Middle Schoolers to Pay Attention

Getting students to settle down, stop talking, and listen can be some of the most difficult tasks you will do in youth ministry. It can seem impossible to not be upstaged by the walls, the curtains, the ceiling, a fart, a noise, what they had for lunch that day, or simply just their own mind.

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Cooking Up Culture Takes Time

Cooking Up Culture Takes Time

What is that one item you would be at a loss without? First thing that might come to your mind: your computer, your car, your phone. I know the one item I could not live without … our microwave!

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I Got a Flat Tire and I’m Happy About It

I Got a Flat Tire and I’m Happy About It

I took off to take our oldest son to school which starts at 8:00am, which is always the best part of any day. A 40mph car ride that, to him, feels like 70mph; rocking out to “dad’s songs” (send me an email and I’ll get you the link); and his laugh which I love. I mean, I absolutely love. As I pulled into his school my front passenger side tire went flat.

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