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Tell the Story

Tell the Story

Christmas season is one of the most busy and exciting times of the year in church. My experience of Christmas season at church is probably pretty similar to your experience. The church has Christmas parties, “Living Nativities” (you know where everyone dresses up as...
Attendance Isn’t Everything

Attendance Isn’t Everything

Over the last 3 years, I’ve been working at a smaller church in Northeast Kentucky. When I accepted the position at my current congregation, I was 20 years old and a full-time student. I was young (I’m still young) and inherited a small youth ministry that consisted...
Raising the Bar on Welcoming Rising 6th Graders

Raising the Bar on Welcoming Rising 6th Graders

The clocks rolled forward an hour here last weekend. It’s officially the ‘pointy’ end of the year in Australia, and often this means that term 4 holds a huge amount of transition and change for youth ministry. We start to hear of leaders moving on and out of the...
A Student Ministry Bridge to Nowhere

A Student Ministry Bridge to Nowhere

It’s natural, as youth pastors, to want our student ministries to succeed.  We want to see spiritual growth, numerical growth, all while appearing like we’re busy and we know what we’re doing.  But I also think that sometimes, our desire for a successful ministry may...

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