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Take an Interest

I invite you to consider the following hypothetical stories: Picture Cory: a 14-year-old freshman in high school. He seems to be your typical suburbanite student, he plays on the JV football team, has solid grades, goes to church most Sundays and regularly goes to...

Housebroken

I was halfway through my fifth year of serving as the staffed youth minister of very small church.  For the first time we began to see numerical growth in the Wednesday night youth group.  This was an encouraging surprise since we had just put an end to our outreach...

Ideas to Survive a Lock-In

As a kid who grew up going to youth group, I’m sure I went to 4 or 5 all-nighters by the time I was 17.  I remember sneaking around late at night and having one of my pastors chase me down the hallway. Fast forward to when I was 22. By that time, I was a youth...

Proximity

Fall is nearly gone.  Winter is nearly upon us.  The days have certainly become short enough.  The music in stores and on Sunday mornings has changed to the familiarly sugary or introspective Christmas songs of tradition. Soon ministry programs aside from the...

Re-purposed, Not Out

“This isn’t fair!” I hate to admit it, but sometimes I feel like these words are running on repeat over and over again in my head every time I watch my husband walk out the door for another youth event. It doesn’t matter what it is, a devotion, lunch date, meeting, or...

Relational Ministry is Vital for your Teenagers

Today, I picked up my son from preschool and we headed into the country. There is a wildlife refuge a half-hour north of our home and I like to take him up there from time to time to get out, run around, and count how many ducks, geese, and pheasants we can spot. He...