Beyond the Walls: Five outreach strategies that work

So how do you reach them outside of the physical walls of the church? First, you meet them where they are at. So, here are five places where you will find teenagers and strategies to reach them.

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The Least Wonderful Time of the Year: When Holidays Aren’t So Happy

Growing up I loved holidays and all of the traditions my family had. But, all of a sudden, my once joyful and happy holiday experience was different, very different and sad. It was only through my relationship with Jesus, prayer, and good friends that helped me navigate the least wonderful time of the year.

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Family Matters: Families in Ministry

Ministry with your families can be tricky, but it can also be one of the most life-giving blessings to your life as a family.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Real Friends

Friendship is a topic we talk about all the time, but how exactly do we recognize when a friendship is going sour or even the joys and challenges in friendship? How do we identify when friends are not good friends?

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Fruitfulness from Loss: Losing Someone in Ministry

This year has me thinking a lot about my own fruitfulness. Sometimes I get caught up in the attendance numbers or what other youth ministers are doing and get discouraged wondering if I’m producing any fruit. In the Gospels, Jesus makes it pretty clear though, that fruitfulness is his business and faithfulness is ours.

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One Family – Praying for the People of Haiti

Please join us for our Haiti prayer campaign beginning August 30 and ending on the feast of the Nativity of Mary on September 8. Haitian Catholics love Mary, and we know she loves them and will take our prayers to Jesus on our behalf.

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Living in the Present

An encounter with God can happen anywhere we allow Him to be with us. If we stop worrying about the future and, if Tommy is going to get his paperwork in on time, we can better see the joy experienced together in the Present.

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Things I Wish I Knew…

Since most youth ministers probably don’t have time to write a book (us included), we would like to grace you with a blog full of things we wish someone had told us years ago. What’s the phrase? “Do as we say, not as we do,” or in this case, “not as we have already done.”

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Married In Ministry

All those who work in youth ministry and who are married know this – behind every great, passionate, enthusiastic, and strong-willed youth minister, there is an even stronger, humble, patient, and compassionate spouse. Well, let’s correct that right off the bat, not standing behind, but walking beside.

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Journeying with Reluctant Teenagers

Today, I’m a living testament to God’s sense of humor. You can’t tell me that God doesn’t have a sense of humor by taking me, one of the most reluctant teenagers, and calling me to become a Youth Minister.

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