Planning and Productivity

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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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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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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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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