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Give Your Volunteers What They Need Most – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It starts innocently enough. She brings sandwiches for a Sunday-night event. She hangs out in the kitchen area, coyly watching all the fun and dreaming of what could be. Over the next few weeks, she strategically positions herself so she’s near the student room. And you smile and assure her it’s fine to hang out—because you’ve definitely noticed her. Conversations ensue. Coffee happens. She’s now working check-in. Smiles exchange. More conversations ensue. It’s becoming more serious. She’s exclusive now. She…

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Valentine’s Day Do’s and Don’ts – Youth Ministry Christian Article

We will soon be celebrating the most beloved and hated holiday in all of tween and teen-dom: Valentine’s Day. During adolescence, it seems to become THE DAY when your friends, crushes, and relationships prove their love for you via candy gram or stuffed bear.… The post Valentine’s Day Do’s and Don’ts appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by Leneita Fix Read Full Article

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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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3 Creative Ways to Honor MLK Day – Youth Ministry Christian Article

As we prepare to celebrate MLK Day, we’ll see plenty of “greatest hits” quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. So much of what he said about social justice and racial equality is still relevant today. But Dr. King said a lot of powerful stuff that will never make it onto a meme.… The post 3 Creative Ways to Honor MLK Day appeared first on YouthMinistry.com. This is Only a Snippet of a Youth Ministry Christian Article written by Danette Matty…

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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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4 ‘Suggestions’ From Your Ministry Drill Sergeant – Youth Ministry Christian Article

For many years the longtime column I wrote for GROUP Magazine was titled “The Youth Ministry Drill Sergeant”—I guess I have the sort of opinions that fit best in a boot-camp setting. Translation: I’m very direct when I have something to say. I think it’s because I have a complete lack of empathy and I like to yell a lot… So here’s my drill-sergeant take on some youth ministry hot topics as we look over the horizon into a new…

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A Look Back on My Superhero Habits – Youth Ministry Christian Article

It has been about a year since I wrote “Sidekick Strategies That Lead to Superhero Habits.” It sounds suspiciously like a “New Year’s Resolutions” blog, but my goal was to kick start some healthy new practices in my life. You can that original post here. In it, I share five habits I intended to create or grow: 1. Date My Wife, 2. Journaling, 3. Praying, 4. Reading, and 5. Encouraging Others. Yes, it was ambitious—I’m grateful for small victories (and…

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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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Make “Less” Your “More” – YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

From the last porch light of Halloween through the last light of the Christmas tree, our holiday schedules are packed! Cramming their way into our margins are school Christmas parties, staff get-togethers, and family dinners—and we haven’t even touched decorating, cooking, shopping, and wrapping. The holidays can be exhausting. So how do we “gift” families, volunteer leaders, and even our own households with margin during the holiday season? The temptation is to take a red pen or a pair of sharp…

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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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(Podcast) Essential Questions—Is This All There Is? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

In our physical lives, there can be a tendency to base our happiness and freedom on the materialism in front of us. But what if there is something more permanent, beyond this world and everything in it, that we can experience by investing in a relationship with Jesus and the kingdom of heaven?  Join Rick for a series exploring the essential questions everyone has and the ways Jesus can answer them. Diving into the Gospel of Matthew, we will look at how Jesus treats our “life after life.”   LISTEN TO THE FULL…

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(Podcast) Essential Questions—What Is the Meaning of Life? – Youth Ministry Christian Article

People can spend their whole lives searching for meaning in their lives. Although we all have different answers to what matters to us, what would it look like to look to Jesus to help us feel truly alive?   Join Rick and Becky for a series exploring the essential questions everyone has and the ways Jesus can answer them. Diving into the Gospel of Matthew, we will look at how Jesus framed the meaning of life to those he encountered.   LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE NOW Have you joined…

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Downshifting Your Summer Strategy – YouthMinistry.com – Youth Ministry Christian Article

If you’re a volunteer youth worker who needs to take a break, this article might help you. If you’re a youth pastor with maxed-out volunteers, this article might give you perspective. I am a longtime volunteer youth worker and full-time staffer at my church in a non-youth ministry role. As I write, the summer hasn’t even begun and, already, I have facts-of-life factors pulling me back from my traditional fourth-gear pace. While I’m still involved with our weekend middle school ministry,…

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