All posts by: Dennis Beckner

So I’m going back to California next week for a week. I planned this trip to see my old Life Group (Bible Study) boys. We’re like family. I’m very excited to see them. The truth is I’ve been struggling with...
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Very excited to announce a NEW CURRICULUM! This is a project I wrote with the help of a former student who became my co-leader. What I’m most proud of about this curriculum is it’s not normal, dry or boring. We...
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Sent a message to a close friend today. No response. Sent a message to his wife a few days ago. No response. My crime? Not agreeing with them on an issue neither of us have anything to do with. The...
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I was in my car a few minutes ago. As I turned off the engine the song, Good, Good Father came on. Even though it’s been way overplayed, that song still works for me. I absolutely love it as a...
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I’ve been asked to teach a 30 minute training on adding value to youth ministry. I’ve chosen to take the angle of adding value through volunteers. As I prepare this talk, I can’t help but deal with some sadness. A...
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I’m starting youth ministry as a Jr High volunteer small group leader in a new church. I’ve got 25 years of experience and I’m ready to hit the ground running. This is going to be amazing! I’ve been partnered with...
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Last Sunday I began serving in Transit (the Junior High Ministry at North Point Church). This is also the beginning of my 25th year in youth ministry (pats himself on the back). I was surprised by something that I think...
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I said goodbye to my Life Group and ministry a few weeks ago to get a fresh start in Atlanta. Wow! I was at Saddleback Church for 20 years. It’s strange to think about starting over in a new city...
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I highly recommend investing an hour of your time listening to this podcast about dealing with racism in youth ministry. Even if you don’t feel this is an issue in your youth ministry, you will find this a great use...
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Today in my quiet time, I stopped reading at 2 Timothy 3:5 because it was pretty convicting. The verse: They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that....
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