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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...
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...
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...
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,...

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