How To Build Community In Your Group

I see community being one of the glues that can hold a youth group together.  Students doing life together and learning about Jesus.  But, how do we have community when natural divisions happen in our group?   I’ve worked in all sorts of scenarios of youth groups.  My youth group growing up consisted of kids […]

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Pause for People

“Slow Down”, flashed the speed limit detector, as I sped by on the road.  I was taking it too fast, not noticing how fast I was going.  I was thinking of where I had to be and what I had just come from and probably what I was going to do the next day; that […]

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Thought Factory Podcast #102 || Students, Politics, & Civility

In episode #102, we asked thousands of students questions about the topic of politics to see if it’s important to them and where their level of interest is about the current political environment.  We also interviewed a number of students from around the country about their views and opinions in regards to politics, so we […]

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How to Move Students Into a Deeper Relationship With Jesus

Sometimes I think we think it’s only about the physical stuff we need to do with our students or for our students in order to move them into a deeper relationship with Jesus.  When, really, I think the initial step starts with us, as their small group leader, peer, or friend. Building that trusting, open, […]

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Posture Two: Life Over God

As some of you know, we are in a short blog series where we are discussing Skye Jenthani’s Faith Postures.  Which takes a good hard look at with young people are growing up and leaving the church they’ve been raised in.  There are four postures that Skye says the church uses to teach its people […]

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Are We Forever Losing Students Because of How We Present God and His Gospel?

It was a shocking discovery. What if you discovered on your 30th birthday that something you were raised to believe wasn’t true? For example, what if you were told that the calcium from milk actually caused your bones to become weaker, and not stronger like you were told growing up. You saw a report that […]

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Minister Within the Mess

Every week following our youth programming, I clean up a mess.  Papers, candy wrappers, pens, and pen pieces are scattered on the floor all over our worship area.  Chairs that depict the creative artistry of some of our students are pulled aside for additional cleaning. About a month ago, the morning following our youth programming, […]

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Overpowering the Influence of the 2 Lies Media Promotes to Students

If you are in the business of working with students in youth ministry, you typically get (if you are lucky) 1% of their time in a typical week. And yet students are spending hours taking in media PER DAY. We are drastically outnumbered when it comes to the time that we have. And time is […]

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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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Chasing Truth – Surrendering Sexuality

Read Part 1: The Creator Conflict Read Part 2: Backing Up The Bible Read Part 3: Why Jesus Read Part 4: The Reality of the Resurrection Read Part 5: Explaining Evil   *Be advised, this article takes a conservative approach to the topic of human sexuality.*   “As long as you are happy does it matter […]

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