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WE ARE HELD: A MESSAGE IN MEMORY OF RHE – Youth Ministry Christian Article

May 22, 2019 | It was my turn to preach this Mother’s Day. I was having a hard time deciding what to preach. As a result, I called my friends in preacher panic. Preach panic is sort of like writer’s block, but worse because you have to say waht you’ve written (or not writtten) out loud in front of people. Things seem to be better when I call my friends for help. In a matter of seconds, April had emailed…

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Are you a walking wounded youth worker? – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Bent double over the dining table, trying desperately to plan out a term of meaningful, life-changing projects. Feeling the crushing weight of irony that nothing has felt meaningful or life-changing for a while. You can’t work. Lying in bed cradling your pillow tightly against your head, staying unnaturally still, holding muscles tense, heart beating in your throat. Replaying conversations and rehearing soundbites of conflicts never satisfactorily solved. You can’t sleep. Hearing an email tone on your laptop and immediately starting…

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8 Qualities Teens Want In A Camp Speaker – Helping Youth Workers Build Successful Youth Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

After speaking a week at camp, and asking a question of the day, every day, I asked the teenagers, “Why should a church or youth group want to have Paul Turner as a speaker?” Regardless if you choose me as your camp speaker, you can hear what is important to these teens in a camp speaker. Use these qualities, in addition to things like doctrine, being a real life and online example of Christ, to choose a camp speaker your…

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The Art of Communicating with Your Teen – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Do you remember those first early weeks with your newborn—when you were trying to understand what each and every cry meant? Does she need a diaper change? Is he too hot? Bored? Tired? Sick? Eventually you got it down and figured out more than just what your baby’s cries meant. You also knew that when she rubbed at her face a certain way it was time for a nap or that when he needed a fresh diaper his faced turned…

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Faith in an Anxious World Parenting Podcast: Episode 4 – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Welcome to the Faith in an Anxious World Parenting Podcast, where we have hope-filled conversations about teenagers and anxiety. This podcast is part of the parent resources for Faith in an Anxious World, a four-week high school curriculum. Whether you’re a parent or a ministry leader, listen in as we talk with mental health experts, and discover tips to have meaningful conversations with young people beyond youth group. Tweet: Thriving is a process. It’s a journey more defined by the direction…

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I Hope | TheSource4YM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Main Point: When we can forgive others, we allow ourselves to live free from the bitterness and anger that will consume our hearts. About the Artist – Gabby Barrett Gabby was one of eight children in her family. She started singing at age 9 and doing shows when she was 11. At the age of 14, she won a Talent Search contest, leading her father to encourage her to sing in a choir, which prompted her to join the Lamb of God Christian…

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Calling Students Up and Not Out – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Podcast: Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS In this episode, Ben, John Paul, and Julie talk with Ryan McDermott about calling students up and not out. This may seem like a subtle difference at first but has massive implications on the culture in your student ministry. Show Notes and Quotes: Calling students up equips your leaders with language to use during difficult conversations that uplifts the student and points them to Christ. Calling students up and not out creates…

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Rhett & Link, YouTubers Popular With Youth, Deconstruct Their Faith – Youth Ministry Christian Article

My kids love Rhett & Link’s Ear Biscuits podcast, but a recent episode where the hosts deconstruct their faith really rocked their worlds. How should youth leaders respond when these things happen? When I was growing up in the 1980’s, road trips always came with a soundtrack. Our soundtrack included a little Hank Williams Jr., The Beach Boys, some Beatles here and there, and if we got really, really lucky we might get a little Chicago (to be clear, the…

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Youth Ministry & No-Phone-Freedom. . . or. . . What Happens When We Shut Down For A Week?. . . – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“How do I get my students to put their phones down?” That question started coming from a growing army of youth workers several years ago as I would engage them on the great blessings and difficulties of doing youth ministry in the new and fast-emerging digital age. Since that time, we’ve all become more dependent on and tethered to the good gift of our smartphone technology. But just as these new devices can be used for great good, they can…

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How To Throw More Strategic & Effective Events – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I know events in youth ministry are one of the thing 1) youth pastors love to do and 2) is a good way to create some momentum with the young people in our church. In reality, fun breaks down walls and fun is the language of students. It allows relationships to form and let’s be honest… who doesn’t like a little bit of fun in their lives? But I think we need to move past throwing events just to throw…

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How to turn hot topics into relational bridges — AYM – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“What’s your opinion on abortion?” “Gay marriage?” “Weed?” “Evolution?” “Trump?” “The end times?” There they are, standing in front of you, casually chatting about their upcoming weekend plans until, BOOM, out of nowhere the question drops. It’s you and them, in uncharted territory, with nervous eye contact and weight in every word.   Um. Perhaps it’s the question you dreaded. “I have no idea what I think of that, I’m still figuring it out. I don’t want to look like an…

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How to Lead a Great Disciple Now – Youth Ministry Christian Article

By Doug Franklin January 9, 2020 It’s Disciple Now season! Time for promoting, planning lessons, writing emails, recruiting leaders, arranging housing…the list goes on. But at the end of the day, we know what we’re going for. We want our Disciple Now weekend to be a powerful and meaningful experience for our students. We’re hoping that all our time, energy, and investment will lead to lasting personal growth and impact in the lives of our students. The question is “How?”…

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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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The healing power of our emerging youth leaders – Youth Ministry Christian Article

On April 4th our Wisdom Wednesday evening classes took a break. In its place we offered a Youth Service dedicated to healing our community with spoken word, readings, song, music and powerful statements from a few of the emerging leaders within our teen group. Many of us have felt personal discomfort from local school lock downs and the impact it has had on our children, teens and families in Sonoma County. Week after week conversations in our youth and teen…

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The Auto-Immune Paleo Journey – Brooklyn Lindsey – Youth Ministry Christian Article

My name is Brooklyn. I struggle sticking with plans. I get bored easily. I don’t like feeling like my options are limited. I’m a seven type personality with a seven wing (if you speak Enneagram). But sometimes life gives us surprises, like a diagnosis or a disease, that pushes us to limited places. Maybe you’ve been there? My limitations started with being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease. It wasn’t just the diagnosis that caused me to wonder about which habits…

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Addressing a mistake in my journal… – Youth Work Hacks – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Late last year I wrote a journal which evaluated the incarnational model of youth ministry. I stand by that evaluation as it’s an important and often missing voice from the youth work conversation. However, upon reflection, I’d like to address a mistake I made in that journal. In the cutting process I unwittingly oversimplified Prof. Pete Ward’s work to make him sound far too unaware of, or unconcerned with the gospel. This is simply not true of Pete or his…

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Encouraging children to pray – Thrive Youth Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Children seem to have plenty to say to each other, some are still vocal when we want them to listen, yet when it comes to asking children to pray, have you ever experienced the room go quiet as no-one is confident  enough to talk to God?  What is it that seems to build a barrier between us and talking to God?  Why are children (and sometimes adults) reluctant to pray?  How can we as leaders knock that barrier down and excite and motivate children…

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The Worst Thing You Can Say To Your Students – Helping Youth Workers Build Successful Youth Ministries – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I was scrolling through Instagram and I stopped on video of a youth pastor making a big announcement. What he said made me cringe and it is the very thing you should never say to your youth group. “we built this for you” The youth pastor was announcing a new youth room for their students. I am sure the the youth pastor had the best intentions and I do not understand the context so I am basing my three reasons…

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TLH104: The Heart of Fundraising – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | TuneIn | Spotify | | More For many youth workers, fundraising is a necessary part of helping our student experience programming that we believe could help point them to Jesus. We know that for many of our students to be able to experience events like camp, mission trips or weekend retreats, they’re going to need financial help. In…

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Talk to Your Kids about Failure – and Share Stories from Your Life – Youth Ministry Christian Article

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” – Francis Chan Every February, parents email me about an article I once wrote about a disappointment I had in college. Each time, their college child has just tried out to be a university ambassador, and – like me – failed to make the cut. They hope my article will encourage them and meet them in their heartache. It thrills me to…

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Faith in an Anxious World Parenting Podcast: Episode 3 – Youth Ministry Christian Article

Welcome to the Faith in an Anxious World Parenting Podcast, where we have hope-filled conversations about teenagers and anxiety. This podcast is part of the parent resources for Faith in an Anxious World, a four-week high school curriculum. Whether you’re a parent or a ministry leader, listen in as we talk with mental health experts, and discover tips to have meaningful conversations with young people beyond youth group. Tweet: Anxiety is like a light on the dashboard saying, “Warning, something’s coming…

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The Importance of Face-to-Face Ministry – Youth Ministry Christian Article

A New Way for an Anxious and Lonely GenerationBy Cameron Pedicord In my last article, I probably convinced at least one person that I thought we should get rid of in-person gatherings and just migrate to the new digital age and meet through screens. I don’t believe that. In fact, one of the most important parts of my ministry has been face-to-face hospitality. When my wife and I moved into our first house, we began hosting different student ministry events…

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Healthy Boundaries for Leaders – Youth Ministry Christian Article

I will never forget the moment at camp when one of my leaders turned our camp into a military style boot camp complete with single file lines, drill sergeant sounding voices, and precision instructions for guards standing their posts. Our camp was up in the mountains and there began to be rumors of a black bear on campus. This one specific leader—who is amazing, by the way—brought the bear news to my attention and was very concerned about the safety…

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