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    Earlier this week, I gathered with YS Blog Authors, national ministry leaders, and other trusted youth ministry voices for a casual conversation about how they approach training for their volunteers. Check out the entire conversation below: The panel included these brilliant folks: Rachel Dodd William Cumby Brian Aaby Keith Trollinger Stephen Hale Daniel Chapin Todd…

    The post Idea Swap: Volunteer Training appeared first on Youth Specialties.

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  • 06/24/17--04:00: The Prayer I No Longer Pray
  • My youngest child is leaving soon for a mission trip with her youth group.  In my morning walking/praying routine, I was thinking about her upcoming experience.  I prayed for a lot of things during my walk, but the one thing I did not pray for might be surprising the reader— What didn’t I pray for?…

    The post The Prayer I No Longer Pray appeared first on Youth Specialties.

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    How do you know if a youth leader is going to be the right fit for your youth ministry team? I mean, it’s next to impossible to gauge if a person is going to fit from your first interview with them. How do you know if they will do well with your students? What if…

    The post 4 Steps to Plugging in a New Leader appeared first on Youth Specialties.

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    Youth workers have a terrible reputation. That statement should not come as a shock to you, most people don’t even think of a youth pastor as a real job. You may have fielded questions like, “So, what do you actually do?”, “What is your real job?”, “They actually pay you for this?” or “Are you…

    The post Making A Real Job Of Youth Ministry appeared first on Youth Specialties.

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    My love of Doctor Who goes all the way back to my early years in school. The small video section of my school library contained a few PBS specials, a Bugs Bunny Cartoon in Spanish and a few random classic Doctor Who episodes that were thought to be educational. The idea of an alien who…

    The post Doctor Who? The issue of the messiah complex in youth ministry appeared first on Youth Specialties.

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    Like many of my fellow youth workers, I recently found myself watching the Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why.” More importantly, I found myself prayerfully wrestling over how to best address the notion that revenge suicide is somehow noble when presented in a program virtually devoid of any Christian influence that many of my teenagers…

    The post 13 Reasons Why, Suicide & Our Identity in Christ appeared first on Youth Specialties.

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    It is crazy to think about, but I am rounding the corner on 20 years of student ministry. That is so long. That is so many hours, days, weeks, months and years pouring my guts out for students in an effort that they may know and love Jesus someday. And don’t get me wrong, I…

    The post How Youth Ministry Crushes Your Self-Esteem appeared first on Youth Specialties.

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  • 06/28/17--04:00: The Successful Failure
  • Failing is something that normally people do not like. Failure means that we did not do something successfully. It is never a good feeling to know that you failed at something you really wanted to do well. In youth ministry, failures will happen but we do not have to let them break us down. In…

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  • 06/28/17--04:00: Civil War Dodgeball
  • Yet another twist on the old youth ministry classic dodgeball.  Just in case you are sick and tired of the same old week in and week out of playing dodgeball. “ A favorite around our 5th-8th-grade ministries.  SUPPLIES Dodgeballs Cones or a way to define a center line Quick Explanation A game of dodgeball where players may not…

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    Kay Warren, the cofounder of Saddleback Church, took a few minutes to share with Maina Mwaura about her family’s life in ministry, being the spouse of a pastor, and her latest book, Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor’s Wife. In the book Sacred Privilege, Kay confirms that being a pastor’s wife does not mean…

    The post Sacred Privilege: An Interview with Kay Warren appeared first on Youth Specialties.

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