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DARK TUNNEL

Sometimes going through some of life's "dark tunnels" with God can feel like one of those creepy amusement park rides…the further you go in the tunnel the darker it gets and you just want to say, "let me off this ride!" But I'm reminded of a wise old quote from Corrie ten Boom that says, "When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets really dark, don't panic and jump off! Just sit still and trust the Conductor." I have learned while navigating through the dark tunnels of life spiritually and God seems a million miles away, to "learn...

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REMAINING BROKEN THROUGH THE HURT

Being a broken youth pastor, keeps us connected to our kids, but understand in a moment what is perceived as one of your strengths can soon become one of your greatest weaknesses. Daily our hearts reach out to teenagers, as we listen to their stories when parents, teachers and even friends shrug them aside. On my way to the office, during my lunch hours, late into Wednesday nights, I hear the hurt of broken hearts, wounded spirits, rejected teenagers, who really need someone to nod and listen and at times cry with them. After more than five decades, I can...

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BUILDING SOMETHING THAT WILL LAST

Someone once privately asked me an interesting question. "How do you build something in youth ministry that will really last, Jeanne?" the guy said quietly. The intensity behind his voice and the seriousness in his eyes told me that he probably had a personal story behind the question. Let me highlight for you a few of the things that I shared with him: Focus on building a destiny—not a dynasty. A destiny deals with people, but a dynasty deals with programs. Destiny tends to focus on significance, but a dynasty focuses on success. A person of destiny prioritizes servanthood; but someone focused...

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A Leader’s Loss Of Passion

If I could give only one gift to the youth leaders of today, it would be a fresh dose of passion for the calling we are privileged to live out. It was once said, "The worst bankruptcy in the world is the leader who has lost his passion." And now many years into the youth ministry journey, I agree with these words...but find the answer to this challenge a bit more elusive. How do you reignite passion for the sacred challenge of impacting today's youth culture for Christ? I easily "believe something" about youth ministry. I bet you do too. But often, as my passion...

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FIGHTING MY INNER CONTROL FREAK!

"Control freak!" That's the term we use in youth ministry for senior pastors who won't give us our way or elder boards who veto our latest hot youth ministry idea. But to be honest with you, I have an element of the "control freak" still inside of ME. And from time to time, it has been costly in the progress of our youth ministry. How about you? Let me share some of my thoughts. Excellence is not always as high a goal in youth ministry as participation. Thus, I need to "chill" and let my students own more things—even if the quality is...

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