Thought Factory Podcast #103 || Theology of Pizza & Hummus

In episode #103, we discuss the lack of discussion on the topic of physical health in the circles of youth ministry and the church in general.  Is food a key component to our obedience to God? Should food have more of a central role in our relationship with Jesus?  Are we adequately addressing the issue of […]

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NTS Camp 2016 Review

God created the world to be a fabric woven together, and he invites us to be interwoven in relationships. Relationships with God, with each other, and with the world. To join what He is already doing. This summer we dove into the narrative of Joseph in Genesis, and how God’s story is threaded through his […]

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Set Up Your Year up to Win

I have spent a lot of time in ministry spinning my wheels.  I don’t know if you can relate, but there have been seasons where it felt like I couldn’t work any harder, pray any longer, but the results were just not happening.  Now I know some people will frown because I just used the […]

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Programming for Mountain Top Experiences

I love mountain climbing.  Living in Colorado for a summer opened my heart up to that love for the first time when I was in college. The entire summer I was surrounded by peaks that pierced the clouds in the sky.  I remember the first day I arrived in Estes Park, CO with my best […]

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Avoid This in Youth Ministry

I remember stopping by a garage sale this past spring, only to find one item that I desired to purchase from a complete stranger. The item was a Dewalt battery charger and battery – used in power drills. I asked if it worked. This kind lady pointed to an outlet on her garage wall and […]

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Summer 2015 in Review

To kick off our blog for the coming year, we thought we’d share some news about our organization and ministry. So many have reached out to us and asked how things are going, especially in light of the break in and arson in our office building this June. So we’ll touch on that as well as […]

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Rising From the Ashes – A Response to Burglary and Arson

Destruction happens so fast; building takes a long time. In our work with students across America, I’m reminded of this truth. In just a few minutes, our office building for Never The Same was burned and destroyed by arson. This building took much, much longer to build than it did when it was destroyed through […]

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CLAIM YOUR CAMPUS UPDATE

In 2003 a movement began. A few students began to pray weekly at their school as a part of Claim Your Campus. That campus began to change. Since then Claim Your Campus has grown across the nation and is spreading. In the last 5 years we’ve presented CYC to over 250,000 students and trained over […]

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Why Games Still Matter: Part One

I love games. Probably because I’m pretty good at them. Or perhaps it has something to do with my desire to win! Whatever the reason, I have a passion for watching, playing, and creating games. Some would say that it’s a good thing I decided to be a youth pastor because all youth pastors do […]

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5 Things to do now to prepare for NTS Camp

Since temperatures are currently 30 degrees below the average for the majority of the country, I can almost forget that a summer season even exists. I tend to focus on getting through my day-to-day activities while wearing 5-7 layers just to stay warm. Summer seems too far away to capture space in my thoughts, but […]

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