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Free TEXTING Resource for Youth Ministry

If you're like me, you are always on the lookout for some cool new gadget you can use in your youth ministry that will open the lines of communication between you, your staff, the youth group, and maybe even parents. We found a really cool, and really free texting resource...

The Biggest Loser

Did you watch the finale of The Biggest Loser? Who are the biggest losers in all of history? YOU ARE! If you're a Christian that is.

Do I Really Need a Map? (The Secret Destination of Learning)

Do your students and parent know what your teaching this week? How about next week?  How about next month?  Is your teaching a road trip with a secret destination?  Multi-year curriculum development in a way to create a map for the road of your teaching.  It is not as hard as it might sound.   Don't be on the road to nowhere any longer!

The Hunger Games: Free Complete 4-Week Youth Group Series

The one and only Paul Turner has put together an incredible 4-week series that turns the Hunger Games into a discipleship and evangelism tool for your youth group! I ran across this late last night and was blown away, especially by the fact that Paul is giving this series away for free.

Working it Out with God

Paul’s words in Philippians 2:12-13 capture my attention:

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good pleasure.

These two short verses provide what I see as the best description of the mysterious tension that exists in our lives between God’s power and our effort.

We Are Overcomers!

I went outside for a walk one night discouraged and felt God asking me again why I think He put me on this street. He took me to the end of the street to remind me of the reason why we live on this street!

At the end of my street is the typical green street sign that reads…. Victory

Grudges

God doesn’t want his children holding grudges. Yet it is so easy to hold a grudge. Wrongs done, even among those or between those in the Body of Christ, easily submerge to become awful, dividing barriers.

I Know You Are Out There

Youth Workers, we are in this together. It is not God who wants to see us like this, but the enemy that seeks to kill, steal, and destroy.

Discussions That Help Students Share

Sometimes a student will reveal something monumental in their lives that we’ll need to help them through. Conversations I’ve had or other leaders have told me about include such topics as drug use, gender identity, sexual impurity, abuse, thoughts of suicide, among others. These can catch any youth worker off guard. However, it’s always an honor to be trusted enough by a student for them to reveal such big issues. When we know how to help them share, we can make experience easier for them.

Showing Up During A Crisis

I remember the first crisis I had to face when I first started in youth ministry. I was paralyzed at the idea of going into the home of some students I barely knew whose dad had just passed away. I’ve learned a lot since then. Seeing this article from Kurt Johnston and Josh Griffin confirmed what I’ve learned during the many years between then and now, but also made me wish I had this information back then.

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