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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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