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7 Things I Have Learned in 7 Days After Being Let Go

7 Things I Have Learned in 7 Days After Being Let Go

In the first 7 days (give or take) after I was let go, I paid attention and have learned a few things.  This is not everything I have learned, there will be much more.  But for now, here are 7.  1. Identity I am a follower of Jesus that does youth ministry.  I need to...
Notes To My Younger Self

Notes To My Younger Self

I unlocked my office door and dropped my church keys on my desk. Starting my first youth ministry job had my head spinning with questions: What do I need to know starting out? How can I best minister to the youth in my care? Where do I learn to handle all the...
MSM Measuring Sticks

MSM Measuring Sticks

If you teach a Sunday school class of 2nd graders, you get lots of feedback.  They’re either engaged or they aren’t. They are happy to be there or they aren’t.  They easily show affection. If you volunteer in the parking lot ministry of your church, the cars either...
Three Things Shark Tank Has Taught Me About Youth Ministry

Three Things Shark Tank Has Taught Me About Youth Ministry

One of the shows that I watch religiously is Shark Tank. If you’ve missed ABC’s hit the past ten seasons. here’s the premise in a nutshell: entrepreneurs present to five investors in an attempt to get them to buy a percentage of their company. These companies hope...
Looking Back to Move Forward

Looking Back to Move Forward

The food took to longer to cook than we had planned, we didn’t know the names of the guests and no one came forward after the talk. Sound familiar? As we head into the final push of 2018 it is a perfect time to pause and reflect. I am sure much has happened in your...
Improving Your Leaders’ Junior High Memory

Improving Your Leaders’ Junior High Memory

“Ah junior high, those are the years I’d love to forget!” That’s a sentence I’ve heard from more than a few adults through the years. It’s a joke that adults LOVE to throw out there because it plays to the idea that junior high is such a hard time for many adults....

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