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When Criticism Comes Calling

I just left yet another youth pastor. I was trying to be a friend to this youth leader who, in his words, is "getting his head kicked in." The issue? Criticism. And in his mind, a discouraging and deafening amount of it right now. I think that maybe criticism robs more youth leaders of their joy and fulfillment in ministry almost more than anything else. It's not really a question of "Will I be criticized?" The more realistic question is, "How can I be successful in youth ministry while being criticized?" Your grandma really was right when she told you,...

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How Old Is “Too Old” In Youth Ministry?

It's the secret, unspoken fear of many of youth ministry's finest and most experienced leaders...they are concerned that they are getting "too old." Since I myself am a part of the Baby Boomer crowd who remains actively involved in local youth ministry, allow me to give you a few thoughts on this important question. I've wrestled with this mind game often, but in the last few years, I've come to some encouraging conclusions: The typical stereotype of effective youth leaders is blatantly wrong. You know the model I'm talking about...young, cool, athletic, funny, and good looking. Lots of years in...

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Small, Right Choices

Scripture speaks much about the worth of endurance. It seems to celebrate the saints that were considered plodders. Even contemporary business success illustrates the point that there is no magic moment when you want to move from good to great. Company CEOs from Fortune 500 names like Walmart, Pitney Bowes, Walgreens and Wells Fargo, repeatedly stress that big success came very slowly, without the drama that onlookers probably assumed was present. The CEOs said turning points came from a slow, deliberate process of figuring out what needed to be done to create the best future results…and then simply taking those...

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Connect…Before You Correct

I think Jesus Himself was a "CONNECTOR" before He was a "CORRECTOR." Remember how He dealt with the woman at the well, the tax collector found in a tree, and the lady exposed in adultery? He took time to personally connect with their feelings before he began to share His specific advice. So let me give you a few simple counseling highlights that go along with this principle: Remember that listening is usually more healing than talking. We often forget this vital counseling insight. When a teenager starts to share, we break into the conversation and quickly begin to dispense our...

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Wall Builders

One of the worst things we've allowed to happen in the Body of Christ is to have friendships within the walls of the church and another group of friends outside those walls. Somewhere along the lines of youth ministry we've allowed the wall between the two groups to grow higher and higher. Eventually the sad result is that one wall becomes so high, it's too hard for teenagers to climb and they are left abandoned in one of the two worlds. Unfortunately, the world they discover themselves in is a far cry from positive and eventually they lose sight of...

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