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It’s Time to Talk About Race in Children’s Ministry: Resources – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Our webinar may have ended, but the conversation on race and children’s ministry isn’t over. In fact, it’s just beginning! We want you to take the information you’ve just learned and keep exploring, continue talking, and continue connecting. So, we’ve gathered a trove of information here to assist you in your journey. Missed it? Watch the “Time to Talk About Race in Children’s Ministry” Webinar HERE.   Self-Tests These self-tests allow you to better assess your personal blindspots and hidden…

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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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Why We Must Start Talking About Race in Our Children’s Ministries – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Here’s why we must start talking about race in children’s ministry. “Can I talk to you?” The volunteer gave me one of those you-need-to-talk-with-your-child looks. In a whisper, she said “Your daughter and another girl wouldn’t let one of the other kids play with them.” Based on the hushed tone of the volunteer, I suspected it was serious. She continued, “I asked them why they wouldn’t let the other girl play with them. They said it was because she had darker skin than they did.” I…

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What Seniors REALLY Need From You Right Now – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Today someone from my daughter’s school came out to our house and planted a sign in our yard celebrating her as a 2020 graduate. She’s just finished her senior year of high school, and after a lot of hard work she’ll graduate as valedictorian of her class. Her guidance counselor called and asked if we might take a picture of her with the sign to share on the school’s website and social media. I went to her bedroom to ask…

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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) What COVID-19 Unveils About Today’s Youth Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

One age group is hit particularly hard with the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s teenagers. Join Thom and youth ministry expert and author Rick Lawrence as they discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on youth ministers and teenagers around the country. Then discover key steps youth ministries can take to stay keep their teenagers engaged during these challenging times. LISTEN TO THE FULL EPISODE NOW Rick, author of Jesus-Centered Youth Ministry, said many youth pastors are trying to stay in contact with their…

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CALLING ALL KIDS! A Very Best Sing-Along Just for You–LIVE! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

If you love VBS music and have a tendency to break into song motions, tune in to the Very Best Sing-Along! Hey Kids! Dance With Us Down VBS Memory Lane! If you LOVE VBS music and have a tendency to break into song motions, tune in on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m. EST for the Very Best Sing-along—featuring music videos picked by YOU! Mark it on your calendars and share with all your VBS families and every kid you…

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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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Transform Vacation Bible School for Your Most Important Summer Yet! – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Here’s a pandemic secret you may not realize: YOU were built for such a time as this! Transform vacation Bible school for your most important summer yet! God has placed you right here, right now, in this critical global moment to minister to his children. And there may be no more important moment for the joy and relationship of VBS than this. Your children are craving connection, missing friends, hungering for Jesus, and longing for fun! With all the fears…

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How We’re Winning the Covid Game – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Much like the entire world, we’re still staring dumb-faced at the last few months and wondering, “What just happened?” Truth? I don’t know if we’re “winning” at anything right now. I’m just grateful that I have toilet paper in my house. I CAN definitively say we restructured our entire ministry paradigm in four days. We decided on a Friday at 11 a.m. that we would attempt an online ministry model, and by Monday at 4 p.m. it was happening. Since…

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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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FREE Quarantine-Friendly Resources You Can Share With Families – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Helping you serve children, youth, & families during this unprecedented time. These are wild times for ministry, but you’re not alone! God is with you, and he will help you decide what’s best for your ministry every step of the way. We at Children’s Ministry Magazine, childrensministry.com, and Group Publishing are with you, too! We’re joining you to forge new ways to do ministry no matter what the circumstances may be, starting with a robust hub of free ministry resources.…

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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 Children’s Ministry Primer for Navigating the Pandemic – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Confused on how your church should react to the Coronavirus pandemic? Rick Lawrence shares some starting points for your children and youth programs. 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.…

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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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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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