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The Four-Letter Word That Isn’t – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“I don’t really look at numbers; I’m more interested in spiritual growth.” “You’re so numbers-focused—do you even know anyone’s names?” “Numbers aren’t the only way to gauge ministry success.” I work in a pretty large church. I’ve heard all of these “numbers” criticisms, and then some. In the not-too-distant past, I even spouted some of them. I’ve also rolled my eyes at the typical comebacks—‘numbers are people” and “we count because we care” and “healthy things grow.” All of us have…

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Responding to Nudges From the Spirit – Youth Ministry Christian Article

You know that feeling when your workday is complete? It’s time to relax, hang with friends, or just grab some “me” time. My day was over, and I wanted to go home and unwind. The Spirit had other plans for me… But as I drove home, I felt a burden to go visit Amy, a teenager in our ministry who was living in a crisis-pregnancy care center. Beth, the director, encouraged the girls to attend a local church, and several…

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Group Game for All Ages: Harvest Relay – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Harvest Relay, a group game that’s perfect for all ages, will teach kids about the importance of sticking with God’s harvest, even when it gets challenging. You’ll Need: a large tub, water, cranberries, apples plastic spoons, two identical containers, and a scale. Group Game for All Ages: Harvest Relay At one end of the room, fill a large tub with cold water, cranberries, and a few apples. At the other end of the room, form teams of four or five.…

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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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25 Essentials to Be an Excellent Children’s Ministry Leader – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Foster cooperative ownership within your team. Engagement goes up, morale goes up, and success becomes more likely when everyone is invested. 16. Problem-Solver When problems arise, look for a way—not merely a way out. 17. A Servant’s Heart Ask “How can I make your job easier?” This works from the top down or from a volunteer to a leader. Look for ways to assist and serve others and to improve your product, service, or experience. 18. Respect The best ministry leaders…

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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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13 Ways to Build Friendships with the Children You Teach – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Don’t miss these 13 practical, healthy ways to build friendships with the kids you teach in your children’s ministry. Each week, we face rooms with children excited and ready to learn about Jesus. Sometimes our kids know each other, go to school together, and have intact friendships. Or they may represent a blend of different ages, schools, and backgrounds with no existing friendships. As their teacher, one of the most important things we can do for kids is to guide them in building friendships with…

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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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