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5 simple ways to make camp much more impacting for your teens this summer!

I'll never forget going to camp for the first time. Although I was only eleven years old I sweet-talked the...
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Youth Ministry

Can you pass The Timothy Test?

“But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:5 Toward the end of the Apostle Paul’s final letter he gave his younger protege, Timothy, four challenges. I’ve come to nickname these challenges “The Timothy Test.” These four challenges

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Encouragement for Youth Leaders

10 Rock Solid Reasons you Should NOT Quit Youth Ministry

I talk to youth leaders all the time. From Pentecostal to Presbyterian, from coast to coast, from urban to suburban, God has blessed me to be in front of all kinds of youth leaders from all kinds of backgrounds on a pretty consistent basis. Some of the time I’m counseling them. Other times I’m consoling

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Evangelism

Take the #OneADayChallenge in May!

Social Media is full of challenges. Years ago there was the #IceBucketChallenge that was used to raise awareness about ALS. It was an internet sensation that was wildly successful. More recently there was the #75Hard Challenge that calls couch potatoes to get up, eat well and work out intensely twice a day for 45 minutes

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Discipleship and Following Jesus

Gone Fishing (or, why evangelism is the best pastime ever!)

When Jesus invited his followers to become a part of his inner circle he told them, “Come follow me and I will send you out to fish for people” Matthew 4:19. At the core of Jesus call to discipleship was evangelism. That’s what fishing for people means. If you’ve ever gone fishing you know that

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Evangelism Tools

Get Ready for Go Share Day!

Your teenagers are looking for a cause that makes a difference, impacts lives, and changes the world. Why not introduce them to the greatest cause of all, the cause of Christ? Jesus said in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Jesus was on a search-and-rescue

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Christian Perspectives and Biblical Insights

Helping your teens process the horrific mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

As a youth leader or parent it can be difficult to know how to help our teenagers process through something as tragic as a mass shooting, like the one that happened this week in Boulder, Colorado. But when traumatic events happen, it provides an opportunity to speak into young lives in a deep and meaningful way. This

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Sharing the Gospel

4 surprisingly simple keys to effectively sharing the Gospel

Sharing the Gospel is like flying an airplane. You want to take off smoothly, have a solid flight plan, know how to deal with emergency situations and then, of course, land safely. Key #1: The Takeoff One of the biggest challenges in sharing the Gospel effectively is starting the conversation to begin with. How do

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Youth Ministry

The Biggest Threat to Your Youth Ministry

What would you say is the biggest threat to your youth ministry? Teen apathy? Parental apathy? Little to no budget? A non-supportive pastoral staff? A church that looks at youth ministry as a kind of a “necessary evil”? The distraction of social media, sports and/or academics? A growing tidal wave of unbelief and antagonism toward

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