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Aug

26

2014
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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Aug

19

2014
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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Aug

19

2014
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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Aug

14

2014
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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Aug

12

2014
Are You Up For A Challenge?

Are You Up For A Challenge?

Okay, let’s just say it … sometimes Junior High students can be a bit of a teaching challenge. But seriously: consider their DNA: Transitioning hormones Living in a constant state of “partial attention” Being wired for fun and activity Fighting against a childishly short attention span As if that was not enough, our society has actually told them that they cannot understand difficult concepts and...

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Aug

06

2014
Vision…The Vital Component of Leadership – Part 2

Vision…The Vital Component of Leadership – Part 2

Visionary leaders understand that “Leadership is a team sport.” A leader with vision minimizes their impact if there is a failure to communicate that vision. In Vision Part 1, I addressed The Upward Component of the Biblical leader Caleb. He was a man with a big vision who depended on and obeyed God. In Numbers 13:30 and 14:7-9, we see Caleb passionately communicating and casting...

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Aug

05

2014
Seven Quick Facts You Should Know About Generation ‘Plurals’

Seven Quick Facts You Should Know About Generation ‘Plurals’

For the last twenty years or more we have scrutinized the Millennials. Their positive and negative characteristics have been paraded across the airwaves and written page not to mention the plethora of blogs. Now they can either feel neglected or relieved as some of that attention is turned toward the “Plurals.” If the term “Plurals” is new to you, it refers to the next generation...

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Jul

31

2014
Vision…The Vital Component of Leadership – Part 1

Vision…The Vital Component of Leadership – Part 1

Leaders without a vision are not only aimless but can be dangerous because others are following them. Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus in their book Leader: Strategies for Taking Charge said it this way, The absence or ineffectiveness of leadership implies the absence of vision, a dreamless society, and this will result, at best, in the maintenance of the status quo, or at worst, in...

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Jul

29

2014
You’re Right, I Don’t Trust You…Yet!

You’re Right, I Don’t Trust You…Yet!

Today’s post is from a friend of mine who has a unique ministry to hurting people. Mitch Schultz leads the Fruitful Vine Ministry and is the author of three books including Fires of Sorrow and Did I Say the Right Thing. (I believe this book is an essential for anyone who desires to minister to grieving people biblically and graciously.) “You just don’t trust me,”...

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Jul

15

2014
GEMS and Millennial Sub-Cultures

GEMS and Millennial Sub-Cultures

“GEMS,” was trademarked as early as June 2012 by XO Group. Over the last couple of years, millennial women have made it into an art. However, perhaps it was the gathering of marketing and research executives in late June of 2014 at the offices of TIME Inc. in New York City that placed the real spotlight on this sub-target. This was not a convention about...

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