Church Culture

How to Facilitate Racial Reconciliation – Youth Ministry Christian Article

(EDITOR’S NOTE: I led this conversation with Jeffrey Wallace and Brent Crowe  several years ago, but it’s more pertinent now than ever. Racial tensions, like embers in a forest, have been whipped into a flames by controversial (and deadly) confrontations between white police officers and young black men. Racial distrust and misunderstanding now define our contemporary culture in profound and far-reaching ways. We need an ongoing, courageous conversation to break the tension…) More than any time since the ’60s, today’s tensions…

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True (Anonymous) Confessions – Youth Ministry Christian Article

After co-hosting my church’s online service last weekend, I logged onto the service-stream of a friend’s church in another state. “Carl” (not his real name) was focusing on the “Hurry Sickness” that afflicts our culture (well before COVID-19 descended on us).… The post True (Anonymous) Confessions appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by Group’s Youth Ministry Read Full Article

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5 Ways COVID Has Changed Me (and Maybe You) – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Jesus is an artist, and he’s used the ugly raw material of the COVID-19 pandemic and re-fashioned it in ways we couldn’t conceive… We’ve all been dragged into a forced re-set—we’ve had to rely on Jesus, not our own ministry swagger or momentum, to feel our way forward. Remember how often you told yourself to embrace this imperative, but struggled to live it? Families are realizing that life is not about the next extracurricular, but something much more meaningful. Remember…

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(Podcast) Foundations: Resilience – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“Hard” is a word we’re likely using more now than we did before. In these times, what factors make “hard” something people embrace, rather than avoid? Join Rick as he continues a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives.… The post (Podcast) Foundations: Resilience appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by Group’s Youth Ministry Read Full Article

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(Podcast) Foundations: The Awkward In-Between – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Some of us are more than a month into quarantine and “normal” life may seem like a distant memory. Now that we’re living in the “awkward in-between,” how can Jesus’ time after his Resurrection help guide us through these uncertain times? Join Rick as he continues a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives. Let’s explore what Jesus did in the 40 days post-Resurrection. LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE NOW Have you joined…

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(Podcast) Foundations: “Up From the Grave” – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Jesus was able to take death seriously while also not being afraid of it. In a time where we seem to be surrounded by death, let’s start to focus on hope and how Jesus gives us hope. Join Rick as he continues a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives.… The post (Podcast) Foundations: “Up From the Grave” appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article…

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The Problem of Pain- YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

With the coming of Easter, we also look forward to Good Friday. Although it is “good,” it is also a day filled with a lot of pain. What can we learn from this pain as we apply it to our everyday reality? Join Rick and his wife Bev as they continue a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives. Let’s explore the story of Jesus and the death of Lazarus in John 11:1-44,…

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A Letter to Parents – YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Hey parents, Thank you for the way you’ve reached out and supported what we’re trying to do to stay connected with your students and families during this season. As a parent of teenagers, I understand the responsibility you feel to take care of your family… I’m so thankful for those of you who’ve reached out to me (and I know many others) checking on us, offering to help, and supporting us. You’re setting a great example for your kids. We’ve…

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5 Ways to Save Yourself from Drowning – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Ministry is amazing… We get to spend our greatest energy wading into the deepest pools of others—their triumphs and failures, joys and sorrows. And we have the honor of pointing them toward the Lifeguard/Swim Coach who’s teaching them how to be strong swimmers! But when we’re swimming laps around these pools, we can feel drained and exhausted. Cynicism creeps in—and maybe anger, depression, anxiety, or apathy begins to set in. It’s not enough to count on “staying plugged into Jesus”…

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What I Learned After Leading My First Virtual Youth Group – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I know we’re all trying to figure out the best way to stay connected to the teenagers in our ministries during these extraordinary pandemic restrictions. But we want more than just “connection”—we’re looking for ways to shift our spiritual-growth environments from face-to-face to virtual. So, this week I lead my first-ever virtual group with 22 teenagers. For a first try, I think the whole thing surpassed my (and their) expectations. But I did learn what I’ll change for our next…

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(Podcast) CoronaChurch: The Crowd Is No Longer Cool – Youth Ministry Christian Article

The American church faces an upset like never before. The insidious coronavirus has slammed shut church doors–locking out the faithful from gathered worship. The effects may be long-lasting. For smaller churches already dealing with offering plate malnutrition, existing week to week to make payroll, this crisis may be their economic tipping point. Their doors may not re-open after the plague passes. For larger churches that have built their ministry, market advantage, style, and success around crowd size, these are worrisome…

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A Ministry Primer for Navigating the Virus Outbreak – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Sometimes the movement of history feels glacial; sometimes it turns on a dime. And sometimes, today for instance, history shoves us off the subway platform onto the tracks. Now we must learn how to “live and breathe and move” in a world where “pandemic” is no longer a plot device in a film but a present reality. That means we adjust to “life on the tracks” by changing our default habit patterns and broadening the scope of what is “normal.”…

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(Podcast) Foundations: Root to Fruit – Youth Ministry Christian Article

We know that following Jesus is supposed to change our lives, but what are the mechanics of that transformation? What, if anything, can we do to help it happen? Join Rick as we continue a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives. Let’s dive into Ephesians 4:17-32 and what transformation looks like when we choose Jesus. LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE NOW Have you joined the Pigs? We’re a group of friends ready…

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(Podcast) Foundations: A Big Problem to Solve – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they did it because they were deceived. Let’s slow down and revisit how every problem we have faced is rooted in this virus or “the work of the devil.” Join Rick as we continue a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives. Let’s take a closer look at examples in the Bible of Jesus destroying the works of the devil. LISTEN TO THE FULL…

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(Podcast) Foundations: A Big Problem to Solve – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Stress is a big part of our life, and people who are skilled problem-solvers have learned how to surf the waves of stress instead of letting it crash down on them. What would it look like to start problem-solving in a Jesus-centered way? Join Rick and guest Stephanie Hillberry as we start a series exploring the foundational truths connected to Jesus and his mission in our lives. Let’s take a closer look at the role problem-solving plays in the story…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: The Sherlock Effect – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Our lives can boil down to two essential questions: Who do I say Jesus is? And who does Jesus say I am? How can discovering the answers to these questions help us discover our true purpose and identities? Join Rick in the last episode of a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at Matthew 16:13-20 and how this will help us find our true names. LISTEN TO…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Fighting Warped Mirrors – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Words and “mirrors” can have a major influence on our lives. What would it look like to rely on the voice of Jesus to shatter all the false beliefs we’ve embraced about ourselves? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at how our identity has been formed by the “mirrors” surrounding us and how Jesus can shatter them. LISTEN TO THE FULL…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Be a Holiday “Apprecianado” – Youth Ministry Christian Article

During the holidays, we have lots of opportunities to engage others beyond the surface conversations we normally have with them. So what would it look like to fearlessly engage them, paying ridiculous attention to their nuances and calling out their story? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at examples in the Gospels where Jesus digs past the surface with others. LISTEN…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Where Would Jesus Be? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Jesus has a transformational presence that can radiate healing and salvation. Instead of wondering what Jesus would do, let’s try to understand the importance behind where would Jesus be. What would it look like for us to start carrying the presence of Jesus with us? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Let’s take a closer look at Luke 8:40-56 to explore the way Jesus offers his…

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(Podcast) Best of PRATJ—The Stress of Advent and the Pursuit of Jesus – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Christmas is supposed to be a season full of peace and goodwill as we celebrate the Savior’s physical arrival into this world. So why are we often bombarded with feelings of pressure and extreme stress? We know Advent’s not supposed to be this way, but how do we change it?… The post (Podcast) Best of PRATJ—The Stress of Advent and the Pursuit of Jesus appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: No More Autopilot – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When something is beyond our control, our initial reaction to this is one filled with fear. Yet, during these times, our dependence on Jesus is what helps us through. What would it look like to start “scaring” ourselves in a good way, so that we can grow closer to Jesus? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Diving into the Gospels, we’ll look at examples of how…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: No More Autopilot – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It can be easy for us to go on “autopilot” mode when it comes to our relationship with Jesus. What would it look like to stop automating our relationship and start experiencing Jesus on a deeper level? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us into a closer “orbit” around Jesus. Diving into the Gospels, we’ll look at examples of Jesus helping his disciples experience him. LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE NOW Have you…

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(Podcast) The Beeline Practices: Wallowing in Mud Puddles – Youth Ministry Christian Article

When a child comes to a mud puddle, they jump right in and splash around, while an adult either jumps over or goes around the mud puddle. Why do adults react this way? Jesus said you won’t understand or appreciate the kingdom of God unless you become like little children. What would it look like to take that invitation and wallow in mud puddles with Jesus? Join Rick as we continue a series devoted to practices that naturally draw us…

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