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Maintaining a Sense of Self

With all the demands and challenges of ministry sometimes you get lost and you forget why you decided to do youth ministry in the first place. To avoid that in my own life, I follow a few simple rules: I prioritize my daily quiet time. If I don't have a regular quiet time, I'm going to lose it...period. Then I will begin to minister out of my own ability, but it won't take me long until I'm running on fumes. I take time off without guilt. Also, what I'm learning about me is if I keep connected technology-wise, I don't...

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The Youth Ministry That Your Students Really Need

Remember watching reruns of The Bill Cosby Show or Happy Days? It's a great exercise for youth leaders in our era. Why? I think the Cosby family and the Cunninghams still capture the essence of what many teenagers crave for today, FAMILY. You don't have to be a clinical psychologist to know the "why behind the what." Today's youth culture is surrounded by broken families, broken friendships, and broken hearts. So the unspoken message is, "I need a FAMILY ROOM more than I need a CHURCH AUDITORIUM." Unfortunately, that's a little tougher than it sometimes sounds. So let me share...

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Lord, Help Me Grow In You

As you are busily decorating, attending holiday parties, and planning inspiring services celebrating the Lord's birth, are you secretly whispering in your heart, "Lord, where are You? I'm doing all this for You…but it's been a long time since I felt Your presence. Lord, help me grow in You. Help me not to simply run through life, but develop into all You created me to be." I have. I didn't realize that one of the Lord's greatest ways to strengthen me spiritually is to take me through some of those dark, unfeeling times in my relationship with Him. Way before...

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Climbing Youth Ministry Mountain

Night after night I sat around a table looking in the eyes of men and women, young and old, from all different backgrounds, and saying "This could be an amazing ride, but I need you...I can't do this by myself. I need leaders and tonight I'm asking you to consider becoming one of those precious few..." Those few later became hundreds, but regardless of how many began the climb with us, I always made sure there were individuals around me when I reached the top. If you do not take the time to build a fence of people around you...

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Teacher’s Seldom Talk When Giving A Test

I wasn't raised in a "Leave It To Beaver," kind of family and so I wanted a dad I was close to more than words could express. The night I officially gave my life to Christ, I truly "felt" my heavenly Father in an incredible way. I guess I just assumed that the warm, fuzzy feelings would hang around. No so. Like nearly everything else in life, extraordinary feelings (both natural and spiritual) come and go. C. S. Lewis called it "The Whirlpool State," Mother Teresa called it "The Silent Years," and Billy Graham talks about when God "lifts His...

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