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Media is replete with the desperate stories of debunked businesses, splintered churches, fractured homes and fallen leadership. CEO’s, pastors, fathers, mothers and leadership in general appear to be forsaking morals and absolutes at “mach speed” today. If you are like me, the stories evoke an ambient fear reminding me that none of us are strong, godly or mature enough to…

If you wanted to be a great basketball player, would you ask a hockey player to teach you? If you wanted to be an accomplished pianist, would you solicit a carpenter to be your tutor? I don’t think so. When you set your goals on becoming proficient in a particular area of life, you usually look for teachers who can…

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…

Autonomous (capable of independent function) Youth Ministry -Part 2 Our obvious goal is to reach students with the gospel but are we just as passionate about developing them to the point of embracing an autonomous faith that is contagious? Developing autonomous students within youth ministries is vital to the longevity and stability of our influence in their lives. In Part…

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