Name: Ron

Posts by ronpowell:

    The Bullied Youth Worker

    April 18th, 2017

    Are you being bullied ? 

    We are very concerned when a student is being bullied but would we notice if it was happening to us? As I hear stories from my students who have gone into youth ministry in the past 23 years, some have left because they felt bullied and were unprotected. Here are some of the ways that you may experience bullying in youth ministry and what you can do about it.

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    Making Sense of Suffering

    April 11th, 2017

    Suffering is a part of life.

    Mikhail Gorbachev said, “You are born. You Suffer. You Die.” There is so much horrible suffering in this world.  How do we make sense of this? I think it is answered by Christ’s death on the cross…

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    How will Canadian Marijuana Legalization Affect Teens

    April 3rd, 2017

    Canada wants to legalize marijuana by Canada Day (July 1) next year. I won’t be something I’ll be celebrating considering how teens will be affected. The goal is to tax, restrict and monitor the sale of the product. The government feels that this ending of prohibition will be safe and effective. They believe that it will keep marijuana out of the hands of minors. What do you think?

    Let’s compare it to the legal substance, alcohol. What are the results of legalized alcohol? How well is the government keeping this out of the hands of under age students?

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    Mind the Gap: 6 Ideas to Do Transition Better

    March 21st, 2017

    We lose people in transition.

    One third will never make the jump from the children’s ministry to the junior high or worse, high school youth group. We lose another third from senior high to young adults. What heart breaking losses. –Heart breaking to the parents and to the church… and the students, although they may not feel it right away.

    Not every group is experiencing severe losses. Here are five big ideas they put in action…

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    Living in the UPSIDE DOWN

    March 7th, 2017


    Life was not meant to be like this.

    It is a dark shadow of things to come. We may have become accustom to the world around us but we have been made for another place. No wonder people feel like there is something wrong with this world… there is! A great proof of that is how the innocent are corrupted over time.

    It’s a lot like the Upside Down in the Netflix Original, Stranger Things. Here is a Biblical view of the similarities and some hope…

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    4 Strategies to Build on the Youth Camp, Conference or Retreat Experience

    February 26th, 2017

    Enthusiasm is running high!

    New commitments have been made. Now what are you going to do? The temptation is to rejoice, give a sigh of relief and then relax. The danger is that in this exciting time commitments may be forgotten. Students might not get the help that they need to follow through. Here are 4 proven strategies to help students build on the experience… 

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    Sexted by a Student

    February 16th, 2017

    It could happen.

    You open a text and for a split second you see the nude body of a teen. You quickly close the text. What next? Do you delete it immediately? –show it to their parents? –contact the authorities? –contact your supervisor? Here are some things to consider


    10 Ways to Love Your Volunteers

    February 6th, 2017

    Think about it.

    If you had to pay your volunteers you couldn’t afford them. If you want them to stay on with you they have to feel loved. Saying the words isn’t enough. Here are 10 quick ways to love your volunteers!

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