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    4 Ways to Help a Student with An Addiction

    June 29th, 2016

    I still remember that lunch with that student. 

    There was a distance and her body language was telling me loud and clear that this was the last place she wanted to be.  I couldn’t blame her.

    She was addicted to drugs.  Her parents were exhausted and destroyed.  They had asked me to help and talk to her.

    I find this such a difficult situation.  Of course I want to help.  This is a big reason why I am in the ministry.  But I’ve never taken drugs.  I’ve never been addicted to drugs.  How can I help?

    Here are 4 ways I’ve found to help a student with an addiction:

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    5 Social Justice Resources for Your Youth Ministry

    June 22nd, 2016

    photo credit: Einreb Hidalgo

    Who’s talking about social justice? 

    When I’m in a room with a bunch of youth workers I hear a lot of the same topics and themes come up.  A lot of it has to do with caring for students or growing a youth ministry.

    One of the issues that I hear youth workers talk about some time is social justice.  However, the conversation often is short because these same youth workers do not have many resources that they use.

    I want to suggests 5 resources that can greatly help you as you show students what social justice is and how they can get involved.

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    The 5 Best Ways To Deal With Criticism In Youth Ministry

    June 16th, 2016

    In Youth Ministry it’s going to happen to you.  I promise.  In fact it is a guarantee.  It’s like death and taxes.

    While you’re in Youth Ministry doing your best to serve and lead you will get criticized.

    It would be completely useless for you to spend any amount of energy trying to avoid criticism.  It is coming no matter what.  You would do much better spending your time coming up with some ways you will deal with criticism when it comes.

    Here are the 5 best ways that you can deal with criticism

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    6 Life-Giving Things To Do In The Next 3 Months

    June 8th, 2016

    A change of pace is coming,

    …if you haven’t already experienced it.  It happens every year around this time.  For the next 3 months I’m sure that for many of you the Youth Ministry calendar is very different.

    What I want to urge you to do is take advantage of this change in the Youth Ministry rhythm.

    Here are 6 invigorating activities that you could do over the next 3 months.

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    4 Books You Should Read This Summer

    June 2nd, 2016

    As the youth ministry calendar begins to slow down it is a great time to rest, get caught up on some projects and read.

    Some of you love to read and some of you hate to read.  Wherever you fall I want to challenge you to strategically pick at least one book this summer to read. Here are 4 very different options that you could choose from.

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    4 Reasons Why Events are Important for Your Youth Ministry

    May 26th, 2016

    I am not a big fan of events.

    It doesn’t really matter what the event is.  It could be a concert, sports event, or youth convention. I am not sure if it is the crowds or so many distractions but I find events difficult.

    In youth ministry I put my personal feelings aside. The reason?  Glad you asked, because events are important in the life of a youth ministry.

    Now you cannot build a youth ministry on events but they are important to the youth ministry. I am reminded of this point once again.  This weekend there is going to be a huge and extremely well run youth convention called YC in my city.  I believe this weekend will be so important to the life of so many youth ministries.

    Here are 4 reasons why.

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    3 Clues To Create What Your Students Crave

    May 18th, 2016

    Do you like sitcoms?

    I wonder what it is about sitcoms that we enjoy?  Is it the humor?  Maybe it is they’re a very convenient length?

    The reason may be something totally different; something very powerful for you to understand if you are in youth ministry. It is so simple you may just miss it…

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    4 Essential Elements of an Amazing Personal Retreat

    May 11th, 2016

    You need to do a retreat!

    I can already hear you say, “Ugggg, I’m exhausted from the year and have no energy to put on a retreat”.

    That’s not the kind of retreat I’m talking about.  You need to go on a personal retreat.  –A retreat where you spend time with God, plan, and fill your empty tank.

    In fact I believe an annual personal retreat is a critical piece of your effectiveness and the effectiveness of your ministry.  Think of it as you taking your car to the mechanic or going to the doctor for a checkup.  When these things are done regularly everything runs more effectively and often you can catch problems before they become too big.

    Here’s 1 key and 4 elements of a personal retreat a success.

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