For a long time I’ve had a theory that our teaching about sin-though well intentioned- can actually cause our students to sin. Unfortunately, in a recent conversation I learned the theory is true. I’m thankful that I’m not the one...
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This may appear strange to put on a youth ministry blog until you consider youth ministries are being confronted with this issue and it’s only going to get more complicated the more we avoid it. This is seriously uncharted territory...
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Now that I’m the age of my students’ parents, I’ve discovered something I wish I had embraced years ago. It’s changed how I see and communicate with parents. This one shift has allowed me to communicate more confidently with them....
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I remember the day I got a postcard in the mail about a youth ministry conference. It was from Youth Specialties. I didn’t know such a thing existed for youth workers. I was skeptical, but intrigued. This was before the...
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This week is Spring Break for my student. Last week our Life Group boys asked us to plan a fun day for them. Something super cool and rare happened. Only 1 kid showed up. In a youth pastor Facebook group...
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Dear Youth Pastors, I’ve got a bone to pick with you. Isn’t that an awesome and encouraging way to start a blog post? But seriously, there something I see a lot in relation to summer camps and retreats. It’s the...
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I had never heard of Mark Batterson until my sister sent two of his books to me. The book came out in 2006 originally, but he updated it last year for the 10th anniversary. He’s added an additional chapter to...
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This is a picture of me with my boys at our Christmas party a couple of months ago. Seems like it was over a year ago. Although I had been a leader for many of them at camps, being their...
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