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Find People to Help You Paddle

Find People to Help You Paddle

You can’t do ministry alone. Technically and in theory you can do ministry alone but it’s not healthy and will have an adverse effect on students. Youth ministry takes a team. It takes the whole team.

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Culture

Culture

Whether you are a full-time, part-time, or volunteer leader in student ministry, you probably hope that when a student comes to your group they do four things: enjoy themselves, come back next week, tell their friends, and grow in their faith. While each of our meeting spaces will look different, the culture and atmosphere of our gatherings needs to become a priority of our ministry. And no one can tell you about your culture like a guest.

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Notes To My Younger Self

Notes To My Younger Self

Like many interns I loved it and thought, “I can get paid to do this fun stuff?” This experience kindled an interest and passion for ministry that has carried me through to this day.

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MSM Measuring Sticks

MSM Measuring Sticks

What I’ve observed is this: when middle school youth workers don’t get feedback from the kids themselves (or their parents, or the church), they often look to unhelpful measuring sticks to gauge whether or not they’re on the right track.

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3 Major Shifts in a 6 th Grader’s Life (And 3 Ways to Help)

3 Major Shifts in a 6 th Grader’s Life (And 3 Ways to Help)

6th grade is a big year in the life of the average teenager. In addition to being introduced to middle school youth ministry, which can be world-shaking within itself, there are several large shifts that change everything in their young lives. In order to continue to provide relevant, meaningful ministry for middle schoolers, it is helpful to consider these shifts and what it might mean for our ministry…

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Be Flexible

Be Flexible

I had purchased all the pizza possible. The youth room was tidied up. The playlist was set. And most importantly…the games were prepped and ready to go! I looked over my plans for our student ministry New Year’s Eve party with a sense of accomplishment. There was no way tonight wasn’t going to be an absolute blast.

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Teaching Students How To Pray

Teaching Students How To Pray

Most students know that we should pray. Some joyfully raise their hands when we ask for a volunteer to pray before a youth group meal. Others sit there anxious at the end of a small group hoping they aren’t forced to pray out loud. However, there might still be another group of students who would love to know how to pray, but have never been properly taught.

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Explain Why

Explain Why

I want you to ask yourself this question: How often does our student ministry do stuff, but never explains why we’re doing it?

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