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Five Guidelines for Establishing Value-Centered Student Ministries

Five Guidelines for Establishing Value-Centered Student Ministries

Do you remember the fun Sunday School children’s song based on Matthew 7:24-27? Here are a couple of the condensed verses: The wise man built his house upon the rock. (repeat multiple times) The rain came down and the floods came up. (repeat multiple times) And the house on the rock stood firm! The foolish man built his house upon the sand. (repeat multiple times)...

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Things that Matter…Things that Don’t

Things that Matter…Things that Don’t

How would you define the irreducible minimums of your student ministry? Can you write them into a sentence, paragraph or a list? What would that look like? I suggest every youth leader do this exercise to establish a baseline for their ministry. Recently my wife and I attended a Poetry Recital for our Granddaughter’s third grade class. Each student chose one of Shel Silverstein’s poems...

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Evangelism: What I Do or Who I Am?

Evangelism: What I Do or Who I Am?

Some of the people in the seminar were shocked since I was the speaker and the topic was Evangelism. I began by saying, “I love Jesus and want everybody to know Him but I don’t do evangelism!” After a brief pause, I explained, “Evangelism is not what I do…it is who I am!” If we relegate evangelism to an event then it simply becomes something...

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Impact: South Africa

John and Christy Page lead an incredible team for Word of Life that is impacting the youth of South Africa. I had the privilege of serving with John and Christy in the States for several years before God called them to this amazing country, and I am real fans of their ministry. Listen to John’s passion for the students in South Africa: They have opportunities...

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Has Your Youth Ministry Come to a Dead End?

Has Your Youth Ministry Come to a Dead End?

I was running late for an appointment so the slow traffic was an annoyance. My bright idea was to take a short cut. I was cruising until I turned down an unfamiliar street, coming to a screeching halt at a “Dead End” sign. It was not the end of the world but in my current state of mind you would have thought it. There are...

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Turtles, Fence Posts and Dodging Traffic

Turtles, Fence Posts and Dodging Traffic

Alex Haley has been credited with saying, “Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” I have heard a dozen variations of the quote as it relates to leadership. However, all of them infer the same thing…all leaders need help as well. Few people in leadership make it on their own merits: wise leaders know...

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Four Molding Influences of Globalization on Gen Z

Four Molding Influences of Globalization on Gen Z

Columbus may have proven that the world is geographically round but the internet has flattened it again as it relates to culture and trends. When students look at the world they see no barriers, only the horizon. Globalization plays a major role in the molding of student culture thus effecting student leaders. The fact that trends can be global rather than simply regional or that...

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Three Insights for Recruiting Millennial Youth Leaders

Three Insights for Recruiting Millennial Youth Leaders

Millennials have been the recipients of some harsh judgements and labels, some earned…some not. They are referred to as everything from entitled to self-centered. Others have branded them with terms like the “Me Generation,” “Trophy Kids” and “The Narcissism Epidemic.” No generation can be singularly characterized by any one label or term. For example Millennials have morphed in many ways from the “Me” to the...

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From the Classroom to the World

From the Classroom to the World

Every college student sits in a classroom but only a few are launched globally for ten days as part of their development strategy. Imagine learning principles and practices from professors for months, knowing that these are in preparation for real life opportunities. Then envision those same students under the supervision of seasoned practitioners blending classroom knowledge with real world experience. If you are a second...

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I Heard You But I Don’t Believe You

I Heard You But I Don’t Believe You

Talk is cheap or so goes the maxim. Every generation esteems authenticity but especially the present one. This generation is more impressed with the way you live than the words you say. FutureCast executive Greg Vodicka has discussed this concept extensively and challenges organizations to consider the difference between “StoryLiving and Storytelling.” The learning curve for “Next-Gen” students may be accelerated through a good narrative...

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