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Really Boring Books for Children, a mcsweeney’s list

Really Boring Books for Children. BY MELISSA BELL - – - - Springtime? Taxtime! The New Drapes Let’s All Have a Bottle of Water! The Two Weeks After Christmas Staring at...

Sex Series Countdown Video – Chip Dancing

Our stunning new countdown video for HSM’s sex series that starts this weekend! JG Related posts: Post Sex Series Thoughts POLL: Teaching About Sex in Youth Group Roadtrip Countdown...

Preparing Volunteers for a Retreat

Enjoyed this post from The Middle Ground about preparing volunteers for a retreat. I think i’ll adapt it to our setting next time we...

College Daze: Destroying Freshman Faith

How the First Week of College Can Completely Destroy a Freshman's Faith

Youth Ministry Heartburn

My friend Heartburn and I have been hanging out a lot lately. He (or she...I definitely don't want to discriminate here :) hasn't been...

Middle School Message Momentum

At the beginning of the semester I worked on putting together a nine-week series for our middle schoolers that was highly experiential. It was...

Advent-ageous

I sit in my office today dreaming of the Thanksgiving feast tomorrow, it's hard to concentrate on much else and I would rather be...

10 Reasons to Love (and Hate) Lock-Ins

Ten reasons why I love (and hate) our annual youth lock-in: 10. Seeing the student’s faces when they realize that they must “endure”...

Jesus Freak

Jesus Freak: Feeding, Healing, Raising the Dead, by Sara Miles Sara Miles is difficult to label. and I like people who are difficult to label. Sara’s...

To Save a Life (or “The Death of Cheesy Christian Movies”)

You may think that I’m going to go off on the upcoming To Save a Life movie as one of those Christian movies whose...

The Earthquake in Haiti and the Problem of Evil

Just a few days ago a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti. Tens of thousands are feared dead. The total devastation will take weeks if not...

Relentless – Relational = Ineffective Evangelism

I hesitated putting this clip up because this group is obviously taking shots at those who evangelize. But I decided to go ahead because...

Youth Service Planning: 5 Benefits of a Program Sheet

I’ve been posting a few of our program sheets from our weekend service lately – in part because quite a few people have been...

4 Skills Your Next Youth Pastor HAS to Have

If I were a senior pastor, this is what I would be looking for in a youth pastor. If you are a youth pastor...

3 Ways to Make Sure a Youth Ministry Project Fails

I think I might have just inadvertently sabotaged the launch of a new high school service time. Here’s what I did to make sure...

3 Things Youth Workers Need to be Good At

Josh Griffin identifies three must-have skills for youth leaders as they relate to others.

3 Different Types of Care for Youth Leaders

I was talking with Katie Edwards the other day around the office (she’s the co-author of the excellent Youth Worker Training on the Go...

5 Youth Ministry Numbers I Keep an Eye On

As youth pastors, we don’t like to talk about numbers, but they matter. And people are definitely looking at them.
Youth Services: How to Be a Great Emcee

Youth Services: How to Be a Great Emcee

Finding the right people to put on stage as the host of your youth service or event is really, really important. You’ve got to...

4 Rules to Follow to Make Sure Break-Even Events Actually Break Even

Many of our youth ministry events are what we consider “break even” events – essentially what we charge students should ideally cover the cost...
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