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I was only twenty-one years old as I stood reading a copy of the letter from my Executive Director. It was addressed to one of the key supporters of our ministry whom he wanted me to visit. Reading the last line I said to my wife, “I’m not going on this trip. I’m afraid I will not live up to…

If you have a younger sibling then you have probably heard these words, “You are not the boss of me!”  Your intention was to give good counsel or protect your little brother or sister from pain but instead you were accused of being bossy. You had to discover creative ways to lead them without them thinking you were the “boss.”…

How do we keep students from “falling through the cracks” in our youth ministries? Every student is important but not every student is impressive, so they may not stand out. Every student needs a mentor/discipler but not every student is going to ask for one. Every student is looking for love but not every student is looking for it in…

“Oh it is just a fad he’s going though!  Give him a little time and he will get over it.” Those were the words I heard one of my friends at school telling another friend shortly after I trusted Christ as my Savior. These were good friends but my new way of thinking had all of us confused. You see…

(Guest post by Betsi Calhoun*) This phrase was coined by a young man after climbing all 29,035 feet of Mt. Everest and reaching its summit...at age 13.  I recently watched as he sat with his dad and stepmom and relayed the story in an interview with Ann Curry on NBC news.  On Christmas Day 2011, then 15 year old Jordan…

In Second Timothy 2: 2, Paul not only gives us a great plan for world evangelization; his words also serve as a model for cultivating students of influence. Paul says, The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also (NASB95). From Paul’s…

This is the third and final post in the Four Erroneous Youth Ministry Philosophies series.  Sections three and four represent ministry approaches based on program and personality.  Youth ministries need a program as well as leadership with personality; however, both function best when founded on Biblical principles. Section Three: “All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go – Buttoned Up and…

“I’ve tried everything!” Remember those words from Part 1? If not refer back to my post on January 12. I have divided the philosophical approaches into four sections determined by their predominant thrust. In Part 2 we will examine the first two sections and will conclude next Tuesday with Part 3, so stay with me. Keep in mind that some…

Autonomous (capable of independent function) Youth Ministry - Part 4 Highly-effective youth ministries also have a parent ministry focus. The home should be the primary resource for spiritual training; however, we all know there are many spiritually-deficient homes. Is it our responsibility to be surrogate parents and take the place of their parents or are we to work in tandem?…

Autonomous (capable of independent function) Youth Ministry - Part 3 In Part 1, I discussed the concept of autonomous ministry and suggested the goal of giving away our ministry. In Part 2, I looked at building autonomous students within your ministry - students who can own, live and export their faith. The idea is that we need to have intentional…

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