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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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Deja Vu: Lessons from a Seven Time Rookie

Deja Vu: Lessons from a Seven Time Rookie

Once upon a time in a leadership world “far-far” away there lived a man named Bob (not his real name). Bob was an accomplished leader who had “it” all together (just ask him). He had been performing the same leadership role for seven years and was an amazing man who knew just the right thing to say at just the right time. Bob was always...

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HELP… My Students Are Graduating!

HELP… My Students Are Graduating!

Graduation is quickly approaching. Are you are searching for just the right gift for your seniors? Giving something of meaning without it being another trinket bound for the attic is always a challenge. My friends at Interlinc have created just such a gift with the added bonus of also challenging students to continue their walk with Christ. ConGRADulations, consisting of both music and media, has exceeded 1,300,000...

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Next-Gen Leadership: “Process Over Product”

Next-Gen Leadership: “Process Over Product”

Effective mentors of “Next-Gen” leadership are as committed to teaching Process as they are to creating Product. It is easier to give answers and directives than it is to take time to engage. However, the development of young godly leaders requires life-on-life encounters. Often that involvement with the process not just the product will provide invaluable mentoring opportunities. We consistently see Jesus employing this approach...

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Pray With Youth…Start A Movement

Pray With Youth…Start A Movement

There is one ministry that every person, in every church, on every continent can do without excuse, theological degree or cooperate strategy and that is…Pray. My friend Tim Eldred of Endeavor Ministries believes the best way to make the ministry of prayer an investment for the present as well as the future is to get adults praying with students. Pray With Youth is a global...

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Don’t Pray Like a “Wuss”

Don’t Pray Like a “Wuss”

Wuss – weakling or wimp – Dictionary.com Unabridged, Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010. If you cannot bench press 1075 lbs. (world record), climb Mt. Everest without bottled oxygen, score the decisive goal at the World Cup or win the Mixed Martial Arts championship then some may refer to you as weak or a “wuss.” The truth is few people...

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Super-size Your Youth Ministry Model

Super-size Your Youth Ministry Model

Why is it that every time I order food I hear something like: “Would you like that Super-Sized?” “Will that be small, medium or Large?”  “Lunch or dinner portion?”  “Do you want to add a side for just …?” or my favorite “Tall, Grande or Vente?” Sometimes the most difficult decision in ordering food is choosing the size you want to consume. I am sure...

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Five Reasons Good Christian Leaders Leave

Five Reasons Good Christian Leaders Leave

Good leaders don’t leave organizations/churches that they hate: they leave the ones they love. Often they don’t leave because they are mad or upset: they are just tired and used up…they feel they don’t have anything left to give. The travesty could have been avoided by good oversight. Although there are probably one hundred reasons that this is true, I have identified five that I...

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What is a Reverb?

What is a Reverb?

REVERB is an incredible all-night student event. More than 1,000,000 students have attended this event (formally called Superbowl) and there have been over 100,000 recorded decisions for Christ. This year REVERB will be held in twenty locations nationally plus several more in Canada. The night kicks off with a sporting event, some even connected with NHL and NBA teams. This is followed by an interactive...

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Vision…The Vital Component of Leadership – Part 3

Vision…The Vital Component of Leadership – Part 3

Visionary leaders are people who see farther, more and before others. The quality that makes a visionary leader worthy of following is character. As a freshman in college I heard Dr. Jerry Falwell say, “Character is what you are in the dark.” I have pondered that statement many times when faced with the urge to live a life of duplicity. This is my third and...

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