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CONTROLLED CHAOS and the NATIONAL YOUTH WORKERS CONVENTION

CONTROLLED CHAOS and the NATIONAL YOUTH WORKERS CONVENTION

This week is the National Youth Workers Convention (NYWC), taking place in Tampa, FL. Youth workers from all over the country, and even from around the globe, will be descending on Tampa for a week of training, encouragement, support, networking, rest, and fun! Controlled Chaos will also be in Tampa, participating in NYWC. Kurt Johnston, Justin Herman, myself, and our amazing sponsor CIY will all be at the convention!

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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 to these brilliant men and I wanted to be just like them. Worse, I wanted my ministry to be just like theirs.

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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....

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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, and activities of the church you are serving in?

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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 did it...

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Go To Bed Early

Go To Bed Early

Middle School Ministry requires energy. Our students are active. School, sports, clubs, community activities, and of course, youth group. It’s often a go, go, go time of ministry. As middle school youth workers, we can find ourselves with very full calendars as we work to keep up with our students.

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Advantages to Being Organized

Advantages to Being Organized

A couple of years ago, I found myself thinking about organization. Having just attended a weekend conference that left me traveling on a Monday, I discovered that my week was about to be a very short one.  Starting a week with one day down is never a good thing, especially when what you do has time commitments that can be changed, i.e. your weekly student gathering, meetings, and newsletter deadlines.

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Take A Day to Reconnect with God

Take A Day to Reconnect with God

As I reflect about my friend and his morning walks, it has me thinking about what it would look like to be able to take a day to reconnect with God! What would it look like for you (and me) to be able to take an entire day to spend with God.

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