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The Real Key to Youth Ministry Success

Going into this youth ministry journey I had no example of what a youth ministry was supposed to be like. I only knew that two amazing volunteers came in unpaid and unappreciated to lead a Sunday School class and pour wisdom and love into a young 17-year-old girl named Jeanne, who was hungry to know something real. They believed in me through blind faith, and lived their love through consistently showing up. What's the secret to youth ministry success? Showing up. I know going to football games and visiting high school campuses is frightening. They always scared me. In all...

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Mother Teresa Theology

"Hey, Mother Teresa," the voice called out to me. "Thanks for helping me out." He slammed his car door, gunned the engine, and waved as he drove off the church parking lot. I smiled for a minute to myself, thinking of an old CNN interview I saw years ago with Mother Teresa. "Not a bad person to be compared to," I mentally assured myself. My mind raced back to a CNN interview I saw with Mother Teresa years before. A correspondent was blown away by Mother Teresa's care for people. At the date of the interview, she had personally picked...

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Events Are For You Too

We all know that building friendship isn't easy to do in our crazy day-to-day world. That's why twice a year we strategically plan a weekend designed to build relationships, and make a spiritual impact on our students' lives. In the last 50 years of ministry, I've done this more times than I care to count...and this weekend I will be leaving once again with nearly 800 students and leaders. Is it a lot of work? Absolutely! Is it worth it? Without question. I often remind myself that 95% of being a good youth leader is being a good Christian. As...

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When God Seems A Million Miles Away

Nobody ever told me in youth ministry that I would face many times when I was trying to bring the teenagers closer to Christ while I felt a million miles away from Him myself. Early in my ministry, I felt like a phony and a con artist during those non-feeling times. Though I was far from perfect, those silent seasons didn't come because of the typical pitfalls (i.e. lack of personal devotion time, willful sin, or blatant disobedience). The old time preachers used to refer to these times as "when the heavens are brass." It's tough to tell your students, "Let's...

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